Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt stunning Hollywood and millions of their fans.
The 41-year-old star decided to end their two year marriage amid claims that she was unhappy with the way her actor husband had been parenting their six children.
It is understood that she has filed for custody.
“This decision was made for the health of the family,” Angelina’s attorney Robert Offer said in a statement.
“She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time.”
The actress is believed to have asked for physical custody of their children and joint legal custody with Brad, according to TMZ.
Sources also insist there is no “third person” involved and the decision was in relation to disagreements over parenting.
Angelina is being represented by Laura Wasser, who recently represented Johnny Depp in his split from Amber Heard, and is not asking for spousal support.
The state of the couple’s relationship has been the subject of wild speculation for years with insiders claiming they lived separate lives and had frequent bitter rows.
Angelina cited September 15 as the date of their official separation. Brad was still wearing his wedding ring when he was seen on September 9.
After news of their divorce broke, gossip sites in the US began to speculate that Brad’s friendship with Allied co-star Marion Cottilard had put extra strain on his marriage.
According to Page Six, Angelina had hired a private eye to watch her husband. “He’s in the throes of a midlife crisis, and Angie is fed up,” a source told the website.
The couple fell for each other while filming Mr and Mrs Smith in 2004 when Brad was still married to Friends star Jennifer Aniston.
They went public with their relationship a year later but only tied the knot on in August 2014 in a surprise ceremony at their French estate.
Angelina and Brad have six children together – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
Maddox, Pax, and Zahara were adopted from orphanages, while the other three are their biological kids.
Prior to getting together, Brad was married to Jen, while Angelina was previously wed to Billy Bob Thornton and Johnny Lee Miller.
The couple reunited on screen last year in By the Sea about a couple whose marriage is under strain.
Angelina, who also directed, previously admitted working on a film about a rowing married couple just weeks after they tied the knot was “dangerous” for their own relationship.
She said: “It was our way of testing ourselves. We knew that if we could get through this, we’d come out even stronger and happier. And we did.
“We’ve always liked putting ourselves through challenges, even though it was maybe a little more dangerous for us as a couple.
“I don’t think we want to go through it again though.”
A source close to Brad told The Sun: “Angelina is very unhappy with the marriage and wants out with Brad.
“There have been rumours around the status of the relationship for years, but they are now very much in turmoil and it is hard to see a way out.
“There have been a constant string of arguments about their future and their children.”