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The famous couple have reportedly split due to irreconcilable differences regarding their children but Angelina seemed to be the one to make the final decision on the relationship.
The split was initiated by Angelina with legal documents citing the reason for the divorce filing as 'irreconcilable differences'.
A source has told TMZ that the split between the famous showbiz couple is over a conflict relating to their children and the actress has asked for custody of the pair's six children.
She has reportedly suggested that she will allow Brad visitation to the children, but wants sole custody and that the decision for the split has been based solely around them.
Brad Pitt was blindsided according to an Us Weekly source, with Angelina only making him aware of her intentions only a DAY before officially filing for divorce.
The couple and their six children were meant to fly to London this weekend but the trip was cancelled the same day as Jolie's decision was made.
The pair have been together since August 2004 and married two years ago in 2014, but have not been spotted out in public together since July when they took twins Knox and Vivienne, 8, out for birthday breakfast in Hollywood.
Recently the 41-year-old 'Lara Croft' actress has been focusing on her humanitarian work, whilst her 51-year-old spouse has continued to work on his Hollywood career.
Reportedly, one of the main reasons for the split was due to Angelina's concerns for Bard's drinking mixed with what she feels is an anger problem.
This statement is in line with the official statement from Jolie's lawyer who Robert Offer who has said the decision by Jolie was made "for the health of the family" and that "she will not be commenting and asks that the family be given privacy at this time".
Brad's camp remained pretty quiet about the situation as the news took the world by storm, but eventually gave a statement to CNN in which he said the following:
"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."
As always with a high profile showbiz split, rumours fly from all corners of the internet about the reasons behind the decision.
The 40-year-old French actress stars in the spy thriller 'Allied' with the actor which has been compared to spy flick 'Mr and Mrs Smith', the movie which Jolie and Pitt fell for each other whilst filming.
However, the French actress is apparently 'blissfully happy' with her actor beau Guillaume Canet and is looking for a quieter life out of the spotlight.