Shocking new details have come to light as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt work to end their marriage. Angelina originally approached Brad and suggested that they file for divorce together, according to a new report — then changed her mind and filed against him. Here’s why!
Brad Pitt, 52, and Angelina Jolie, 41, are splitting after twelve years together, and you may be surprised to hear that the actress first asked to file for divorce together, People magazine reports in their Oct. 10 issue. “She sat down, talked to Brad and offered to file [for divorce] together,” a source tells the mag. “She said, ‘This is what I’d like to do.’ She explained everything. Angelina did what she felt she needed to do.” So why was it Angelina who ended up filing in the end?
Well, Brad was dragging his feet, insiders tell the magazine. “[He] begged her to press pause,” a source reveals. “He was willing to do anything, change any habit, change any lifestyle, to do what had to be done to make this work. And by ‘make this work,’ that means doing what has to be done [so it’s] in the best interests of the children.” So heartbreaking.
There were multiple factors that incited the breakup, sources say. “It was more like their honeymoon was over and they entered a real marriage. The differences and arguments they had all seemed very normal,” one insider explains. “Things built and built over time — it wasn’t any one thing.” As we previously knew, the couple’s different parenting styles — Brad’s “stricter approach” versus Angelina’s “more relaxed attitude” — were one cause of tension.
As it turned out, Angelina was done waiting, and she officially filed against Brad on Sept. 19, citing irreconcilable differences. “There was clearly a breaking point, where she’d just had enough,” a source explains to the mag. Even though this isn’t the way she wanted their marriage to end, Angelina did what had to be done.
Brad was caught off-guard by the timing, insiders add. “He got a heads-up [about the filing] two days before, and he was appealing to her to do this quietly [and] consider the well-being of the children — and it was ignored,” the source explains. “He is just wrecked by this.”
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