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Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt for ‘health of the family’

Forty-one-year-old actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from 52-year-old actor and producer Brad Pitt last Monday, September 19 in Los Angeles, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Jolie has sought full custody of their six children – 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and eight-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – and visitation rights for Pitt. Robert Offer, Jolie’s legal counsel, said last Tuesday, September 15 that the decision was made by Jolie “for the health of the family.” According to the divorce filing, Jolie and Pitt separated on Thursday, September 15. In a statement to People magazine, Pitt said he was “saddened” by the situation, noting, “I kindly ask the press to give [our children] the space they deserve during this challenging time.”

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