Angelina Jolie's Lawyer Explains Divorce in 6 Words

Split apparently stems from fight over parenting styles
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2016 9:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Those rumors you may have seen recently in the supermarket tabloids were true: Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. TMZ confirms the news, and says Jolie filed Monday and lists the date of separation as Sept. 15. TMZ reports that there was no cheating involved (though Page Six claims Jolie busted Pitt having an affair with co-star Marion Cotillard), just a fight over how Pitt parents the couple's six children. Jolie is seeking sole physical custody of the kids, with Pitt being granted only visitation, a request TMZ calls "significant."

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An attorney for Jolie Pitt, Robert Offer, said the decision to divorce was made "for the health of the family," per AP. TMZ sources say that Jolie was "fed up" with Pitt's substance abuse, including pot and booze, combined with what she saw as anger issues. This tweet from BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen pretty much sums up general response: "I haven't heard a gasp go through the newsroom like the news of Jolie Pitt Divorce THIS ENTIRE ELECTION." (Click for 11 other great reactions to the split or more on the Cotillard rumors.)

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