Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce From Brad Pitt, Releases Exclusive Statement

"She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time," her manager says

By Zach Johnson Sep 20, 2016 3:50 PMTags

Angelina Jolie is a mother first and foremost.

On Monday, the Maleficent actress filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage. The couple share six children: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 12, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 11, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10, and twins Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 8.

"Angelina will always do what's in the best interest of taking care of her family," Geyer Kosinski, Jolie's longtime manager, told E! News in an exclusive statement Tuesday. "She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

The Academy Award winner's attorney, Robert Offer, confirmed Tuesday that Jolie had filed paperwork to end the marriage. Offer told Reuters the decision was made "for the health of the family," adding that Jolie "will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time."

In court documents obtained by E! News, Jolie listed date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016 and cited "irreconcilable differences."

The actress-turned-director is not seeking spousal support.

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Team Up in "By the Sea"
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Jolie, 41, is also requesting physical custody of the children; she is asking the judge to give Pitt, 52, visitation rights. The actors, who played a tortured couple in 2015's By the Sea, were last seen in public together in mid-July.

This was the third marriage for Jolie, who was previously wed to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, and the second for Pitt, who was previously wed to Jennifer Aniston. The actors met on the set of the 2005 movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith and began dating after Pitt's split from Aniston.