Brangelina no more: Jolie files for divorce

Citing irreconcilable differences, and for the health of her family, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, requesting physical custody of the couple's six children.

News about a celebrity divorce like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie makes us examine our own relationships. Photo: Georges Biard via Wikimedia Commons
News about a celebrity divorce like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie makes us examine our own relationships. Photo: Georges Biard via Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2016 – Brangelina no more? One of the 21st century’s biggest power couples, Angelina Jolie and Brand Pitt, is heading for Splittsville. TMZ.COM was the first to report that actress Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences and the health of her family.

According to the celebrity watchdog group, the divorce follows a conflict over the kids, substance abuse and anger. Jolie lists the date of the couple’s separation as September 15, 2016.

What is significant in the divorce is that Jolie has requested physical custody of the couple’s six children with Pitt being granted visitation rights and joint legal custody only. While rumors continue to circulate, initial, unsubstantiated reports hint that Jolie does not agree with Pitt’s parenting style. Coupled with her concerns about marijuana and alcohol abuse and Pitt’s alleged anger problem, well, that’s a wrap.

TMZ reports that there was no third party involved and that the decision to separate was based solely on Pitt’s parenting of the couple’s children. The previously happy couple met in 2004 on the set of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” during which time Pitt was married to actress and “Friends” star Jennifer Anniston. Pitt’s liaison with Jolie lead to that couple’s divorce, although other issues were also said to be involved. For her part, Jolie’s previous marriages ended in her divorces from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.

After spending 10 years together, Pitt and Jolie finally tied the knot in August, 2014. The couple had steadfastly avoided marriage until their children become old enough to urge them to formally cement the family.

The Jolie-Pitt family currently includes Madox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, born August 5, 2001. The oldest child, “Mad,” was born in Cambodia and adopted in 2002; next comes Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, born in Vietnam on November 29, 2003 and adopted in March 2007.  Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt was born in Ethiopia on January 8, 2005 and adopted in July of that same year. Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born in Swakopmund, Nambia on May 27, 2006. Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt are twins, born in Nice Franc on July 12, 2008.

Brad Pitt debuted in the role of the cowboy hitchhiker in the female-centric road movie, “Thelma & Louise” (1991). From there he went on to an acclaimed career filled with drama and dramas like “A River Runs Through It” (1992), “Legends of the Fall” (1994), and “Interview with the Vampire” (1994).

Pitt was lauded for his roles in “Seven” and in the science fiction film “12 Monkeys” (both 1995), the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination.

Pitt’s “Fight Club” (1999) became a cult film and “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), along with its sequels,
Ocean’s Twelve” (2004) and “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) were international hits. His greatest commercial successes have been the ancient historical epic “Troy” (2004), the thriller “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), which costarred Jolie, and the more recent sci-fi horror flick “World War Z” (2013).

Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) and “Moneyball” (2011). He produced “The Departed” (2006) and “12 Years a Slave” (2013), both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as “The Tree of Life,” “Moneyball,” and “The Big Short” (2015) in which he also starred, all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.

Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry, as well as being regarded the world’s most attractive man by various media outlets.

Born to actors John Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina Jolie Pitt is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. Today, with an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards Jolie is now among Hollywood’s highest-paid female stars, topping an early spring 2014 Forbes list of Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actresses with an estimated $33 million in earnings for the previous year.

Jolie’s acting debut was alongside her father, Jon Voight, in “Lookin’ to Get Out” (1982), followed by her appearance in “Cyborg 2” (1993) and her first leading role in a major film, “Hackers” (1995). After her performances in the critically acclaimed biographical cable TV films “George Wallace” (1997) and “Gia” (1998), Jolie copped her first Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress) for the drama “Girl, Interrupted” (1999).

One of her most pop-culture popular roles was her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001), a film that firmly established her reputation as a leading Hollywood actress. That film was followed by the action films “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), “Wanted” (2008), and “Salt” (2010).  Jolie has also appeared in notable dramas like “A Mighty Heart” (2007) and “Changeling” (2008), the latter film earning her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Beginning around 2010, Jolie expanded her career into directing, screenwriting, and producing, starting with the wartime dramas “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (2011) and “Unbroken” (2014).

Her biggest commercial success came more recently, when she starred in the title role of the fantasy film, “Maleficent” (2014).

While wildly successful in Hollywood, Jolie’s role as a humanitarian and international goodwill ambassador has won her the  Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award as well as an honorary damehood in the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors.

Jolie continues to promote various causes, including conservation, education, and women’s rights, and is most noted for her advocacy on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As a public figure, Jolie today is widely recognized as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry.

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