How Brad Pitt Is Handling Angelina Jolie's Surprise Divorce Filing

Hollywood couple share six children together and have been together for more than 10 years

By Melanie Bromley, Mike Vulpo Sep 21, 2016 10:35 PMTags

Twenty-four hours later and this Hollywood split continues to bring surprises. 

After Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt Tuesday morning, many fans of the A-list couple—including the one and only George Clooney—were more than a little shocked. But someone especially caught off guard with the filing was Brad himself.

E! News has learned that the actor found out Angelina was going to file one to two days ago, but did not know before that.

"Brad did not want the marriage to end," a source shared with E! News. "He was committed to doing what he needed to make it work. He was open to counseling."

Another insider added, "He is emotionally torn. Right now, he is devastated. He still loved Angelina and would have preferred they fight to make the marriage work. He was willing to do whatever it took to save the marriage and didn't realize Angelina had already given up on it."

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While some reports have surfaced that Brad is furious, one source says he is more disappointed that the news became so public so quickly. "He has wanted to protect the children," our insider shared. "He didn't want it to play out publicly."

For those wondering if there will be a battle over custody or money, E! News has learned that the pair is trying to work those elements out privately. There have been "ongoing discussions" since the filing was announced and they are making sure the right arrangements are being made.

As both parties continue to keep a low-profile during the media frenzy, more rumors are starting to spread about what really led to the split.

Without going into specifics, our source shared that there "was a series of disagreements," but not to trust everything out in the tabloids. "A lot of people are trying to insert themselves into a situation they know nothing about," our insider pointed out.

Going forward, both Brad and Angelina's top priority will be the six children they share. And despite a difficult day when the news first broke, there are signs that things are improving.

"Both sides are in a better place. There is a commitment from both sides to look out for and protect the children," a source said. "They are both determined to protect the kids and find the best way to resolve this situation."