This Monday, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from her husband, Brad Pitt. The reason for the divorce is irreconcilable differences. The couple had been married for two years, since 2014. However, they had been together for much longer than that, since 2008.
Brad Pitt started a relationship with Angelina Jolie almost instantly after separating from Jennifer Aniston. It looks like the relationship with Jolie has come to an end as well. After being a Hollywood power couple for a long time, the two stars are going to go their separate ways.
A Large Celebrity Family
There is no news about why the two celebrities are divorcing. Other than the reason cited by Angelina Jolie, irreconcilable differences. But there are rumors that Brad Pitt was having an affair. Jolie allegedly used a private investigator to uncover the truth. This might be what has led to the two couples separating.
Whatever the reason for the split, the two are no longer going to be a family. And it is a large family we are talking about, as the couple has six children together. The actress is seeking full custody of the children. So, the legal proceedings could make this a high profile divorce case.
There is the possibility that Jolie and Pitt are going to want to deal with this on their own and keep everything quiet. But with a custody battle to follow, there is the chance that the fight could end up in the media.
The divorce between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes was another high profile divorce with a custody battle attached to it. But the actor and actress couple kept everything out of the public eye. It will be interesting to see if Jolie and Pitt go the same way about it.
Angelina Jolie is asking for sole physical custody of the six children at the same time as having joint legal custody. That would mean that the children would stay with the mother but that the father would also have the right to make decisions about their lives.
The future of six children is at stake here, out of which three were adopted and three were born to the couple. The petition mentions all six children in the same way, with Jolie listed as the mother and Brad Pitt listed as the father.
Wealth to Be Divided
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are two of the wealthiest celebrities in Hollywood. So, when the two break up, there will be a considerable number of assets to split up. From that point of view, this divorce has a lot at stake.
So far, it looks like the couple doesn’t have either a pre-nuptial or a post-nuptial agreement. The divorce petition didn’t indicate that there was one. So, there is no pre-agreed upon way of dividing their shared accumulated wealth.
Estimates of the earnings of the two stars vary. Brad Pitt, who is 52, has a total worth of up to $350 million. Angelina Jolie has had a lower profile recently. But she’s not doing too bad for herself. At age 41 she has amassed almost $275 million.
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