Brad Pitt releases statement after Angelina Jolie files for divorce

Legal papers cited 'irreconcilable differences' as reason for split

Brad Pitt has released a statement following news yesterday (September 20) that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce.

Jolie reportedly filed for divorce on Monday (September 19), listing their separation as September 15. The couple had been together since 2004, marrying in August 2014. They have six children.

In a statement to People Magazine, Pitt says: “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”

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The reason for the split is cited in legal documents as “irreconcilable differences”. TMZ claims that Jolie is seeking physical custody and wants Pitt only to have joint legal custody of their children.

TMZ‘s report reads: “Sources connected with the couple tell us… Angelina’s decision to file has to do with the way Brad was parenting the children… she was extremely upset with his methods.”

“We’re told there was no alleged ‘third person’… her decision to file was solely over Brad’s interaction with their children. Jolie… is not asking for spousal support.”

The news was confirmed yesterday by the actress’s lawyer Robert Offer, who said in a statement that Jolie filed for “dissolution of marriage” and that the “decision was made for the health of the family”.

“She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time,” the statement added.