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Brangelina no more

Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt just weeks after second wedding anniversary

The marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has hit the skids and she has filed for a divorce, entertainment website TMZ reported last night.

The news comes just weeks after the couple's second wedding anniversary.

What was the reason for their decision to go their separate ways?

There are many theories being floated around, including one that said that Pitt, 52, and his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard had an affair.

On Monday, Morning News USA noted a recent rumour regarding Pitt's potential interest in Gwyneth Paltrow, but that report was quickly shot down, inquisitr.com reported.

Days prior, the Hollywood Gossip shared a photo of an In Touch Weekly cover, which read, "Brad & Angelina: US$400 million divorce."

But TMZ said there is no outside person who contributed to the move and that the decision to divorce has to do with how Pitt is parenting their children and that she is upset over his methods.

It quoted unnamed sources as saying that Jolie became "fed up" with Pitt's consumption of marijuana and possibly alcohol, and mixed with what she believes is "an anger problem", she felt it had become dangerous for the children.

It also reported that well-known divorce lawyer Laura Wasser is representing Jolie, 41.

Ms Wasser also represented her in her divorce from Billy Bob Thornton.

The lawyer most recently represented another star, Johnny Depp, in his divorce from Amber Heard, Mail Online reported.

This will be the third divorce for Jolie, who was previously married to Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller and Thornton.

Pitt's first marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston ended in 2005 as a result of his relationship with Jolie, whom he met when the two worked on the 2005 film Mr and Mrs Smith.

The split comes less than a year after the couple released By The Sea, about an unhappily married couple, Mail Online reported.

Jolie directed and starred in the film alongside Pitt, and admitted how difficult the shoot was at times.

She said of making the film: "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."

She then added: "I don't think we want to go through it again though."

PROBLEMS

Jolie also said in an interview with The Telegraph while promoting the film: "To be clear, we have fights and problems like any other couple.

"We have days where we drive each other absolutely mad and want space, but the problems in the movie aren't our specific problems."

Pitt came into the public eye 25 years ago with a much-talked-about shirtless debut as eye candy in the hit movie Thelma and Louise. He went on to become a household name in Hollywood, AFP reported.

A two-time Oscar nominee for his acting, Pitt took home a golden statuette as producer for best picture 12 Years A Slave.

Jolie catapulted to stardom with her role in 1999's Girl, Interrupted, taking home an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her fierce portrayal of a rebellious woman in a mental institution.

The red carpet darling is now better known for her humanitarian work than for her tabloid-ready actions, having served for several years as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

She is also one of the world's most visible symbols in the battle against cancer, having undergone a double mastectomy and removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent an aggressive form of the disease that killed her mother, her grandmother and an aunt.

To be clear, we have fights and problems like any other couple.

- Angelina Jolie

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