Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to divorce in private

Actors reach agreement to keep all documents and proceedings under seal

Actors Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie will use a private judge in their divorce. File photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Actors Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie will use a private judge in their divorce. File photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

 

Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and powerful couples, will use a private judge to keep their divorce out of the view of the public, the couple said in a statement to CNN on Monday.

Jolie and Pitt reached an agreement to keep all divorce documents and proceedings under seal in order to “preserve the privacy rights of their children and family”, the couple said in a joint statement.

Jolie filed for divorce in September in Los Angeles superior court, citing irreconcilable differences, court documents had shown.

The split came suddenly, following an incident on a private plane in which Pitt was reported to have lost his temper in front of one or more of their six children.

Jolie had sought full physical custody of the couple’s children, with visitation rights for Pitt, but did not seek spousal support.

Jolie cited their separation date as September 15th.

Jolie and Pitt, known collectively as “Brangelina,” married in 2014 after a decade together.

Cleared

In November, Pitt was cleared of child abuse allegations and applied for shared custody of his children.

The joint statement comes a month after a judge denied Pitt an emergency hearing in which he sought to have all documents and proceedings regarding the divorce sealed, according to CNN.

Reuters