Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce From Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie Split Divorce
Courtesy: REX/Shutterstock

Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt.

An attorney for Jolie’s, Robert Offer, confirmed the news to the Associated Press that she had filed for divorce “for the health of the family.”

According to court documents obtained by Variety, she filed legal documents on Monday morning, requesting joint legal custody of their six children — she would have physical custody of the children and would grant him visitation. The legal grounds for divorce are listed as “irreconcilable differences.”

Jolie is claiming jewelry and other personal items as well as earnings from and after the date of separation, which is marked in the court documents as Sept. 15, 2016.

Pitt released a statement confirming the news and asked for privacy for his children on Tuesday morning.

“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time,” Pitt said in a statement to People.

Jolie and Pitt recently co-starred in the film “By the Sea,” which opened the AFI Film Festival in 2015. Jolie wrote and directed the film about a couple trying to repair their marriage.

Netflix will premiere the true-life Khmer Rouge drama she directed, “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” later this year. 

Jolie’s recent acting credits include “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Maleficent.” She also directed the film “Unbroken” in 2014.

Pitt recently starred in the 2015 film “The Big Short” which he also helped produce. Pitt’s upcoming projects include the the Robert Zemeckis film “Allied” co-starring Marion Cotillard, a satire about the war in Afghanistan called “War Machine” and a sequel to “World War Z.”

Jolie recently passed on Kenneth Branagh’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express.” A sequel to “Maleficent” with Jolie attached has been announced, but hasn’t gone into production.

The couple has been together since 2004 and were married in August 14, 2014.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 36

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Vishal says:

    Sad to hear the news about the two splitting up. They were most adorable couples in hollywood.

  2. Guest says:

    Very happy finally the mistress dumped cheater brad pitt. Hahahaha

  3. John says:

    Back in the day, some 20, 30 years ago when “Variety” was all business, I would remember going into work in the morning, the studio executives came in the office, the first thing they would ask was: “what’s in the Bible (meaning Variety)?”, and us little assistants would provide the “suits” details of the latest movie business wheeling and dealings that no other publications in the world had access to. Those were real “inside scoops” Variety had provided back then. And there was no internet, the only way to get the “inside scoops” was to get the hard copy of Variety as a subscriber. More noticeable was Variety never bothered with ‘celebrity divorces’ back then, Variety considered “gossips” didn’t deserved to be printed, leave that to “People Magazine”, “National Enquirer” or “Entertainment Weekly”, and etc. Because back then, Variety was really a serious business newspaper dedicated to reporting movie/TV business news, Variety was the Hollywood “Wall Street Journal” – that was what separated Variety from other entertainment news publications. It was all business. Now celebrity divorce is dominating Variety’s headline. Really? Who cares.

    • BillUSA says:

      Variety is to the entertainment business as William Randolph Hearst’s newspaper empire was to serious journalism – unrelated. They’ve bought into the mainstream sensationalist idealism (when they aren’t crusading for leftism) which curiously coincided with the ascension of gutter-dwelling mainstream press and women breaking glass ceilings.

      As a young boy, I became keenly aware of what is talked about between women because I would be dragged down to Grandma’s where she and my seven auntie’s would gather to talk about sordid details of their lives with my uncles. I liked it when Grandpa wasn’t working because he would have none of that nonsense.

      Back when Cronkite and Carson were the big names in media, we didn’t read about the sordid details which are sure to come. I’m sure Variety will say “well, every other publication does it” to justify their yellow (sometimes pink) journalism, but if you don’t dare to lead, you are merely a follower with no voice at all.

      • Lisa says:

        This article is written by a man, so one of your own finds the ‘sordid’ details interesting enough to risk his stellar career over.
        Obviously, women haven’t broken the glass ceiling because we’re still reading sexist misogynist comments such as yours.
        Yes sir, you are a misogynist since you don’t even respect the matriarchs of your own family. Which also likely explains why you consider Johnny Carson serious journalism.
        Furthermore, I don’t waste my time with celebrity gossip but I do spend time defending the female sex, and thus myself and my daughters, against ignorant backward thinking people like you.

    • Nate says:

      John, I would like to remind you of the good old days, when Variety and others published reviews of porn films like “Deep Throat” and others. That was part of the “business”, too. And so are celebrity divorces today. But, please, stop telling us, how great the old times were. They were just as crappy.

  4. Waverly says:

    Welp, they made it about 10 years longer than I figured they would.

  5. cadavra says:

    But on the bright side, this will open up more time for her to direct dreary movies that nobody wants to see.

  6. Greg says:

    Maybe this is all only a clever marketing stunt to sell more BluRays of “By the Sea” ? I’ll watch it !

  7. Dan says:

    “…she had filed for divorce ‘for the health of the family.’ ” How does that work? It’s a strange statement, isn’t it ? She tries to blame Brad for some kind of abuse without naming any…she’s a manipulative person, no question. Never liked her and her ‘Mother Teresa’ and female-empowerment trip…Don’t be sad Brad. At least now you can get a real woman again.

  8. abrosenfeld says:

    So, Brad Pitt asks for privacy for their children’s sake and you are trying to obtain the court documents. Nice. Nothing like an irresponsible press.

  9. BillUSA says:

    A cheat, a nutjob, a busload of adopted kids and lives lived out in headlines – who didn’t see this coming?

  10. Barrymore says:

    When did the inmates at Gitmo get access to Variety?

  11. Bas says:


  12. Elgatha says:

    what goes around comes around!!!

  13. Ken says:

    Pitt and Jolie – glam personified – were the Liz & Dick of this generation. The news of their split makes me sad for some reason. I wish them both well.

  14. Crikey! says:

    “She broke up a marriage without regard to hurting him or Jen”?? Really? That old “home-wrecker” saw still making the rounds? I’ve got news for you: it takes 2 to tango. And how do you – or any other supermarket tabloid reader – know what actually went on between Mr. Pitt and Ms. Aniston in the first place?

  15. dman6015 says:

    Karma’s a b**ch!

  16. Bollocks Malarkey says:

    Is this really news worthy? It’s a personal matter between two individuals. Leave them alone. Divorce is hard enough without the media getting involved and splashing it all over the internet.

    • Bob says:

      PRIVATE????? Seriously???? How in god’s name can a divorce between two giant international stars be private? What they do in bed together is PRIVATE. What they talk about at breakfast is PRIVATE. What they deposit into their bank accounts is PRIVATE. Wow, you 11-year olds say the darndest things!

    • dman6015 says:

      Yes, it’s newsworthy on an entertainment website.

      • Bollocks Malarkey says:

        So, because they did a film together on marital discord that means they have given up their right to marital privacy?

        And to Bob: as you afford them no privacy, I hope you have an opportunity to air your private life in public, too. See how you like it. It’s not fun, I can assure you. And he’s a question: if as you say, what they do in bed is private, then why shouldn’t their marital affairs including their separation be private, too? What gives you the right to peer into their lives like they were monkeys in zoo. And what really draws you to such gossip? Is your life so dull that what happens to this couple is the highlight of your day? Sad, silly boy!

      • You are wrong says:

        Yeah, it is newsworthy on an entertainment site when the last film they made together which both of them starred in and she wrote and directed has to do with marital discord.

      • Bollocks Malarkey says:

        No, it’s not. It has nothing to do with the films they are in, their careers as actors or directors. Fame does not mean you can’t have a PRIVATE life.

  17. Robert O'Dell says:

    What they deserve is a happy, loving relationship and an absence of judgemental and bitter people like you.

  18. Phil Esteen IV says:

    I’m getting out out of here before the ironically sanctimonious haters begin rejoicing over this unfortunate news about the Pitt-Jolie marriage.

  19. Poopoo yeeech says:

    Day one this was a mistake obvious to everybody. Tortured jenn for 16 yrs because of aj self obsession. Yeeech.

    • Robert O'Dell says:

      Seriously? They have been together for 12 years. They have created a beautiful family. Your tortured Jenn for 16 years is factually incorrect as it hasn’t been 16 years, Jenn got over it and it appears she has been in a happy relationship for a number of years. Try to be reality based.

  20. Sam says:

    Brad back on the market, and with only legal custody of the children – visitation rights – not physical custody, if she wins so. No day-to-day kids-rearing struggles. Me, I wouldn’t make it that easy. He will have to care for the kids 50/50. She must be really pissed about parenting stuff or a martyr.

  21. Marjorie O. Cunningham says:

    TMZ is usually correct on these stories. I feel sorry for all the children they have.

  22. CJB says:

    Really hope it’s not true.

More Film News from Variety