Jolie listed their official date of separation as September 15, 2016, in court papers obtained by TheWrap. The papers were filed by lawyer Laura Wasser in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, and they cite “irreconcilable differences.”
Jolie is requesting sole physical custody of the couples’ six children, offering Pitt visitation rights and joint legal custody. Pitt officially adopted three of Jolie’s children, while Jolie gave birth to three more children of their own over the course of their relationship.
“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well being of our kids,” Pitt said in a statement to People. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
“Brangelina,” as they were dubbed by the media, met on the set of the 2005 action movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” in which they played rival assassins who also happen to be married to each other. There was widespread speculation at the time that their relationship began on the set and that Pitt divorced Jennifer Aniston so he could be with Jolie.
They were officially married in a private ceremony at a French chateau in August 2014. In 2015, they co-starred in the drama “By the Sea,” which followed a married couple trying to repair their marriage during a stay at a hotel in France in the 1970s.
With their combined star power, Pitt and Jolie have long been considered one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples. Both have have enjoyed prosperous careers not only in front of the camera but also behind it.
Jolie found success as a director with 2014’s “Unbroken,” a biopic of World War II POW Louis Zamperini. She also directed, wrote and produced “By the Sea” under her married name of Angelina Jolie-Pitt.
Pitt, meanwhile, has become a successful producer under his Plan B Entertainment banner. He won an Oscar for producing Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” and he was also behind the Best Picture nominees “Moneyball” and “The Big Short.”
He is an executive producer on the new Ryan Murphy FX series “Feud.”