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'Brad Pitt would never put his children in any dangerous situation' - sources close to star

Published 20/09/2016 | 15:48

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wed in September of this year after nine years and six children together. Brad was spotted wearing a wedding band a few days after their French ceremony and confirmed the exciting news.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wed in September of this year after nine years and six children together. Brad was spotted wearing a wedding band a few days after their French ceremony and confirmed the exciting news.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have six kids together.
A-list ambition: Jolie wants to put acting behind her, describes herself as a humanitarian and has political hopes. Photo: AP
Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress/director Angelina Jolie attend the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
Brangelina at the 2015 BAFTAs.
Angelina and Brad are known for their volunteer work

HOLLYWOOD star Angelina Jolie has filed for a divorce from actor Brad Pitt, her husband of two years and romantic partner since 2005, her attorney has confirmed, signaling the end of one of Hollywood's most glamorous and powerful couples.

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The Oscar-winning actress (41) wed the Fury star (52) in 2014 after nearly 10 years together.

"This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time," attorney Robert Offer said in the statement.

Jolie filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences as grounds for the split, court documents showed. She sought full physical custody of their six children, and Pitt asked for visitation rights. Jolie cited their separation date as Sept. 15.

A-list ambition: Jolie wants to put acting behind her, describes herself as a humanitarian and has political hopes. Photo: AP
A-list ambition: Jolie wants to put acting behind her, describes herself as a humanitarian and has political hopes. Photo: AP

Entertainment website TMZ, citing a legal filing, said Jolie "was extremely upset" by Pitt's parenting methods.

Hours later, Brad Pitt released a statement revealing how "saddened" he is by the entire situation

“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”

Meanwhile, sources reported to be close to Pitt have insisted to TMZ that Brad is "a loving and devoted father who has never and would never put his children in any dangerous situation".

Brangelina in 2010
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive to the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2012
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the movie-Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Angelina pregnant in 2008
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the movie-Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the premiere of Weinstein Co.'s "Inglorious Basterds" held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 10, 2009
The couple at the 2012 Golden Globes
The couple are famous for their PDAs
In 2007, the couple were snapped with Angelina's adopted son Maddox
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 04: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of "World War Z" at Sony Centre on June 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt, actress Angelina Jolie and son Maddox Jolie-Pitt arrive at The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governor Awards, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (C) with children (L-R) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent", starring Angelina Jolie, at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
Angelina Jolie congratulates Lupita Nyong'o and Brad Pitt congratulates Chiwetel Ejiofor as they attend the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt during ShoWest 2005 - 20th Century Fox Luncheon at Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie(L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Angelina and Brad with their six children; Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne
(L-R) Pax Thien, Angelina Jolie, Knox Leon in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Star Max/FilmMagic)
Angelina Jolie and Knox Jolie-Pitt leave their Midtown Manhattan hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
Actress Angelina Jolie and daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt are seen out in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
Zahara Jolie-Pitt, actress Angelina Jolie, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, and Pax Jolie-Pitt leave Lee's Art Shop on December 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie, accompanied by her children Maddox (L), Zahara (2L), Pax (3L) and Shiloh (R), arrives at the Narita International Airport on July 26, 2010. Jolie arrived in Japan to promote her latest film, the spy-thriller "Salt". AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt arrive at Tokyo International Airport (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their children Knox Jolie-Pitt, Pax Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt arrive at Tokyo International Airport, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their children Pax, Knox and Vivienne arrive at Tokyo International Airport on July 28, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie, Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt are seen leaving Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their children Pax, Knox and Vivienne arrive at Tokyo International Airport in July 2013. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

Jolie and Pitt, known collectively as "Brangelina," were one of the entertainment world's most visible couples, due to their good looks, successful films and activism. They married in 2014 after 10 years together.

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Their relationship was steady fodder for tabloids with reports focusing on what role Jolie played the breakup of Pitt's marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston, and, more recently, possible trouble in the marriage.

News of their split set social media buzzing, and #brangelina quickly emerged as the top trending topic on Twitter.

Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress/director Angelina Jolie attend the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress/director Angelina Jolie attend the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Jolie, 41, who won a best-supporting actress Oscar for "Girl, Interrupted" in 2000, was previously married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.

Pitt, 52, was married to Aniston in 2003 when he and Jolie began filming "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," the story of assassins unknowingly assigned to kill each other. There were reports of an affair, but Jolie told Vogue magazine they were only "very, very good friends" until Pitt and Aniston split in 2005.

Before their August 2014 wedding at their French estate, Jolie and Pitt had said they would not wed until same-sex couples were allowed to marry.

While Pitt and Jolie won praise for their on-screen chemistry in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," their most recent film collaboration, "By the Sea," last year was about a married couple drifting apart. Jolie wrote and directed the latter.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wed in September of this year after nine years and six children together. Brad was spotted wearing a wedding band a few days after their French ceremony and confirmed the exciting news.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wed in September of this year after nine years and six children together. Brad was spotted wearing a wedding band a few days after their French ceremony and confirmed the exciting news.

Jolie has been estranged from her father, actor Jon Voight, but he told "Inside Edition" he was concerned about the divorce filing. "It's very sad," he said. "Something very serious must have happened for Angelina to make a decision like this."

"It's a sad thing. Say a little prayer. I am concerned for Angie and the children and hopefully I will be seeing them very soon."

Peter Walzer, a California attorney who represented actress Katie Holmes in her divorce from superstar Tom Cruise, said in a phone interview it was unusual that Jolie sought sole physical custody and it was equivalent to saying Pitt was not competent to be a parent. "It's an insult," Walzer said.

Media commentators reacted to the news with surprise and sadness. "Today shall go down as the day love died," Vogue said in an online report on the couple's split.

Jolie had an offbeat reputation early in her career but has taken on humanitarian causes and was named a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

She traveled to Afghanistan, Sudan, Tanzania, Iraq and Jordan to call attention to the plight of refugees and the underprivileged.

Pitt joined Jolie on some of her trips and started a foundation to finance reconstruction of homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Together they started the Jolie-Pitt Foundation in 2006 to help charities worldwide.

Their children include sons adopted from Cambodia and Vietnam and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia, as well as three biological children.

To encourage other women, Jolie spoke out publicly about elective surgeries in 2013 and 2015 to remove her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes as a preventive measure due to a family history of cancer.

In addition to her Oscar win, Jolie was nominated for an Academy Award for "Changeling" in 2008. Pitt's breakout role came in a supporting part in "Thelma & Louise" in 1991. His other films include "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Inglourious Basterds," "Moneyball," and the "Ocean's 11" films

She is said to have hired Laura Wasser, who recently represented Johnny Depp in his recent divorce from Amber Heard. The Maleficent star, believed to worth an estimated $200m, is not asking for spousal support.

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As recently as last year, Jolie said the couple were in it for the long haul, saying they would "stick together whatever comes", adding: "Brad and I have our issues".

"To be clear: we have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space," she told the Telegraph.

The mother-of-six, a goodwill ambassador with the United Nations, has recently taken up a post as a guest lecturer at the London School of Economics and recently said she has left acting behind her.

This decision is said to have caused tension between the pair as Jolie preferred to focus on her humanitarian work, while he was keen to keep one foot in Hollywood.

“The older she gets, the more serious she becomes, and she is sick of the Hollywood thing,” a source told the New York Post's Page Six. “He wants to make movies. She doesn’t. It’s a fundamental difference. It’s how you live your life.”

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