Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt citing “irreconcilable differences”, the actress’s lawyer has confirmed.
Robert Offer said she filed for “dissolution of marriage” on Monday, adding the “decision was made for the health of the family”.
“She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time,” Offer added in a statement.
The couple have been together since 2004 but only married in August 2014.
Ms Jolie’s longtime manager Geyser Kosinski told E! Online: “Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest of taking care of her family.”
It was Pitt’s second marriage, having previously wed Friends star Jennifer Aniston, and Jolie’s third after Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.
According to US entertainment website TMZ, the divorce papers listed the date of separation as 15 September.
It is understood Jolie is seeking physical custody of the couple’s six children and is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation rights.
The couple have six children together – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, who are adopted, and biological children Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
Pitt, 52, and Jolie, 41, married privately in the French hamlet of Correns in Provence in 2014.
Their children served as ring bearers at the wedding and helped illustrate Jolie’s white dress with their drawings.
Jolie is well known for her charity work – she served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency for 11 years before becoming a Special Envoy in April 2012.
In 2013, she announced she had undergone adouble mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer.
Last year, ahead of the release of By The Sea, the romantic drama the couple both star in, Jolietold The Telegraph: “Brad and I have our issues.
“We have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space, but the problems in the movie aren’t our specific problems.”
Jolie will reportedly be represented by lawyer Laura Wasser, whose previous clients include Johnny Depp, Kim Kardashian, Stevie Wonder and Britney Spears.