Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, the actress’s lawyer has confirmed (click for more)
Robert Offer said the decision was made “for the health of the family” adding that Ms Jolie will not be commenting.
Jolie, daughter of actor John Voight, and Pitt have been together since meeting on the set of the film Mr and Mrs Smith in 2004. They married in 2014, two years after getting engaged.
Pitt was previously married to Friends star Jennifer Aniston, while he was Jolie’s third husband after Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.
The couple have six children together – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, who are adopted, and biological children Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
While there is already speculation about a custody battle, sources in the US say the couple want a cordial breakup.
In 2013 Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy following the discovery she carried a mutation of a gene which greatly increased her risk for cancer.
Not only were they seen as Hollywood’s golden couple, they were also one of its richest.
Since 2004 the pair have earned more than $555m. Pitt, known for roles in Fight Club and 12 Years a Slave has earned an estimated $315.5m pretax. Jolie, who starred in Tomb Raider and Salt pocketed $239.5m.