Just hours after the news that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were divorcing after being together for 12 years Brad Pitt has released an official statement.
The Oscar-winning actress filed for divorce from Pitt overnight citing “irreconcilable differences”, court documents showed.
Jolie sought full physical custody of their six children with visitation rights only for Pitt but did not seek spousal support. She cited their separation date as September 15.
The couple were together for 12 years. Via Getty.
Brad Pitt, who is now going through his second divorce, released a statement not long after the news broke saying his focus is on the "well-being of our kids."
"I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said in a statement to People magazine.
"I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jolie’s lawyers also released a statement on the divorce.
"This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."
Court documents have revealed the actress has filed for sole physical custody of their children with reports that Jolie is concerned that Pitt is "unfit to parent" their 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.
Brad Pitt has released a statement. Via Getty.
The rumours are flying as to what has caused the breakup with People claiming it was due to tensions over Brad’s “parenting”
According to People there were many arguments during their marriage over "disciplining" their six children, a “source” told the magazine "Brad has always been stricter."
"He has wanted the kids to have more structure. Brad will get frustrated sometimes and yell at the kids. Angelina always had a more relaxed attitude when it came to the kids. She definitely never yells."
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The “source” describes the house as “chaos, with Pitt focused on "having rules.”
Peter Walzer, a California attorney who represented actress Katie Holmes in her divorce from superstar Tom Cruise, told Reuters that it was unusual that Jolie sought sole physical custody and it was equivalent to saying Pitt was not competent to be a parent.
“It’s an insult,” Walzer said.