Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are divorcing just weeks after celebrating their 2-year wedding anniversary.
For the past several months, Brad Pitt and his wife have faced ongoing rumours of a possibly impending divorce and now, fans are wondering if the couple’s potential split has come on the heels of a rumoured affair with actress Marion Cotillard.
On September 19, Morning News USA noted a recent rumour regarding Brad Pitt’s potential interest in Gwyneth Paltrow, but that report was quickly shot down. Days prior, the Hollywood Gossip shared a photo of an In Touch Weekly cover, which read, “Brad & Angelina: $400 million divorce.”
Inside the magazine, it was noted that Jolie was suffering from jealousy troubles.
Although the insider didn’t reveal who Jolie was jealous of, rumours continue to swirl regarding the chemistry, both on-screen and off, between Brad Pitt and his Allied co-star, Marion Cotillard.
In 2007, Cotillard starred as French singer Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, César Award, Lumières Award and the Golden Globe Award. She is the first and (as of 2016) only actor to win an Academy Award for a performance in the French language.
Jolie’s mother was also a French actress.
According to a report, Cotillard may be a factor in the marriage issues of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and if Jolie were to find out that there was something going on between them, she would understandably be furious. Jolie “barely eats, she guzzles wine every night and she smokes constantly,” the insider said. “[Brad Pitt]’s just exhausted from spending so much energy trying to get her to take better care of herself. It’s been hard to watch the woman he loves waste away.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie began filming 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith when he was still married to Jennifer Aniston, but that didn’t stop them from falling in love and in spring 2005, just weeks after Aniston filed for divorce, the couple went public with their romance during an outing with Jolie’s oldest adopted son Maddox, now 14, whom Pitt later adopted, in Kenya.
Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, the actress’s lawyer has confirmed. Robert Offer said she filed for “dissolution of marriage” on Monday, adding 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,” Offer added in the statement. The couple have been together since 2004 but only married in August 2014. It was Pitt’s second marriage, having previously wed Friends star Jennifer Aniston, and Jolie’s third after Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.
Jolie cited “irreconcilable differences” in the divorce papers and listed the date of separation of 15 September. It is understood she is asking for physical custody of the couple’s six children and is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation rights. The couple have six children together – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, who are adopted, and biological children Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
Pitt, 52, and Jolie, 41, married privately in the French hamlet of Correns in Provence in 2014. Their children served as ring bearers at the wedding and helped illustrate Jolie’s white dress with their drawings.
In 2013, she announced she had undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. Two years later, she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against cancer. Last year, ahead of the release of By The Sea, the romantic drama the couple both star in, Jolie told said: “Brad and I have our issues. We have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space, but the problems in the movie aren’t our specific problems.”
Jolie and Pitt – nicknamed “Brangelina” by fans – are one of the best-known couples in Hollywood. They got together after meeting on the set of the film Mr & Mrs Smith, which was released in 2005.
Jolie, who is the daughter of actor Jon Voight, rose to fame with roles in films such as The Bone Collector and Girl, Interrupted, for which she won a best supporting actress Oscar in 1999.
She is also asking to keep “miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects” as well as any earnings from after the date of their separation and other separate assets to be determined later.
Already there is speculation that a tabloid-friendly, child-unfriendly custody battle may ensue over their six children. But a source close to them asserted that both sides want a cordial breakup. In January 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced they were splitting and Aniston filed for divorce a few months later.
In April 2005, photos surfaced of Pitt, Jolie and her adopted son Maddox in Kenya. Jolie later adopted daughter Zahara from Ethiopia and in early 2006 she announced that she and Pitt were expecting a baby. Shortly thereafter, Pitt was granted the right to legally adopt Maddox and Zahara. Their daughter Shiloh was born in May 2006 and son Pax was adopted from Vietnam in March 2007. Jolie gave birth to twins Vivienne and Knox in July 2008.
Pitt has worked for years to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Jolie is a United Nations special envoy for refugee issues, a critical topic at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York this week. The timing of the divorce filing struck some as an unfortunate coincidence.