LOS ANGELES – Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and is seeking custody of their six children, spelling the end for “Brangelina,” one of Hollywood’s highest-profile celebrity couples.
The 41-year-old Jolie filed legal documents on Monday citing irreconcilable differences with Pitt, 52, and listing their date of separation as September 15.
“This decision was made for the health of the family,” Jolie’s attorney Robert Offer said in a statement circulated to US media.
“She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.”
Two of the world’s biggest stars, Pitt and Jolie formed a Hollywood power couple second to none, so famous they were known simply by their combined first names.
“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” Pitt said in a statement.
“I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
The A-listers wed in France in August two years ago, but have been a couple since 2004 and have six children together, three of whom are adopted.
Jolie is seeking physical custody of the children, with visiting rights for Pitt, she was not seeking spousal support.
Pitt came into the public eye 25 years ago with a much-talked-about shirtless debut as eye-candy in the hit movie “Thelma and Louise” — and went on to become a household name in Hollywood.
A three-time Oscar nominee for his acting, he took home a golden statuette for best picture in 2014 as a producer of “12 Years A Slave.”
Pitt has built a resume of varied film roles, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s elite: with Tom Cruise in “Interview with a Vampire,” Anthony Hopkins in “Legends of the Fall” and George Clooney in “Ocean’s Eleven.”