Twelve years of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came to a shocking end last night. Here, Savoir Flair breaks down the timeline of the couple’s romance, from their first film together to yesterday’s divorce announcement.
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie start filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a movie about two married spies. Pitt had been married to Jennifer Aniston for five years, and Jolie had filed for divorce from Billy Bob Thornton in July of 2002.
The joint statement to People magazine reads, “We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate. For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration. We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another. We ask in advance for your kindness and sensitivity in the coming months.”
Angelina Jolie confirms publicly that she is having a baby with Brad Pitt. Pitt legally adopts Maddox and Zahara, Jolie’s two adopted children, and they change their last names to Jolie-Pitt.
Later that year, Jolie gives birth to Knox Leon and Vivienne on July 12th in Nice, France. The photos of the twins are sold for $14 million, and the money raised is donated to a philanthropic foundation that helps children around the world.
Jolie writes an op-ed in the New York Times about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy. She writes of Pitt, “I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive".
On September 20th, Jolie files for divorce from Pitt. Jolie’s attorney says that the "decision was made for the health of the family" and that Jolie has asked for sole custody of their six children.
Pitt will next be seen in Allied, a thriller about World War II, co-starring Marion Cotillard, while Jolie is working on Netflix documentary First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. According to Page Six, Jolie hired a private investigator to uncover an affair between Cotillard and Pitt. Only time will tell what really caused the split of one of Hollywood's leading couples.