Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie is divorcing her film-star husband, Brad Pitt.
“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” Pitt, 52, said in a statement to People magazine Tuesday, following reports that the actress, 41, had filed for divorce from the actor, with whom she has six children. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
“Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest of taking care of her family,” Jolie’s manager, Geyer Kosinski, told E! News in a statement. “She appreciates everyone’s understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”
Her attorney Robert Offer told The Associated Press Tuesday that the dissolution of the marriage was made “for the health of the family.”
TMZ.com was the first to report that Jolie filed divorce documents on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. The site said she is requesting full physical custody of their children, and that Pitt be granted visitation rights only. She is not asking for spousal support.
Jolie listed the date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016, TMZ said. E! added that the couple was last seen together publicly in mid-July. Married Aug. 23, 2014, Pitt and Jolie had been in a relationship for 10 years previously after starring in 2005’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Jolie filed the documents in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to reports.
The couple has six children. Jolie adopted son Maddox, 15, from a Cambodian orphanage; son Pax, who was 3 when adopted from a Vietnamese orphanage in March 2007; and daughter Zahara, 11, from an Ethiopian orphanage. Pitt later formally adopted them. The couple has biological children Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
Pitt was married to “Friends” Emmy Award-winner Jennifer Aniston from 2000 to 2005. Jolie married her “Hackers” co-star, Jonny Lee Miller, in 1996, and filed for divorce in 1999. She then was married to her “Pushing Tin” co-star, Billy Bob Thornton, from 2000 to 2002.
Jolie’s father, Oscar-winner Jon Voight, told “Inside Edition” Tuesday, “I am concerned for Angie and the children and hopefully I will be seeing them very soon.”
Meanwhile, Aniston memes of all kinds were the Internet’s response to the news, The Associated Press reports. Fans posted pictures of Aniston from her past performances — wearing a cheerleader outfit, making an I-told-you-so face — in their reactions to the Pitt divorce news. By midday Tuesday, Aniston was the second most popular trending topic on Twitter.