One of Hollywood’s highest profile marriages has come to an end, after actress Angelina Jolie sought to divorce husband Brad Pitt, who said he was “saddened” but the well-being of their kids matter the most now.
Angelina filed for divorce from the actor, 52, on Monday after just two years of marriage, thought they’ve been together since 2004, citing irreconcilable differences.
She also released a statement addressing the divorce. “This decision was made for the health of the family,” her attorney said. “She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.”
Breaking his silence, Brad said the well-being of their kids “matter the most now”.
“I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” Pitt said in a statement released to PEOPLE magazine.
“I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jolie has asked for physical custody of the couple’s shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights.
“Both Brad and Angelina care very much about their kids and there is sadness on both sides,” a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE.
Another source close to the couple told PEOPLE: “The divorce is a complete shock. They have definitely spent more time apart this year, but it’s still a shock. They just celebrated their wedding anniversary together.”
Sources told TMZ the real reason for divorce was substance abuse & anger : “Angelina reached her breaking point last week over Brad’s consumption of weed and alcohol, and combined with what she says are Brad’s anger issues … his interactions with the kids created a deal breaking problem for her”.