Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt - reports

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has reportedly filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, TMZ reports.

The Oscar-winning actress (41) wed the Fury star (52) in 2014 after nearly 10 years together.

According to the website, the couple had a "conflict over the kids" and she filed citing irreconcilable differences on Monday.

Jolie has allegedly requested physical custody of their six children, while asking that Pitt has joint legal custody, with visitation rights, meaning they would both make decisions concerning their children but they would live with her.

She is said to have hired Laura Wasser, who recently represented Johnny Depp in his recent divorce from Amber Heard. The Maleficent star, believed to worth an estimated $200m, is not asking for spousal support.

The couple met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2004, but their relationship became romantic in 2005 when his marriage to Jennifer Aniston ended.

They adopted three children Zahara, Maddox and Pax and have three biological children Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox.

They were one of Hollywood's most popular and enduring couples, dubbed 'Brangelina' by the press during the early days of their very public romance which included magazine spreads, red carpets and a constant trail of paparazzi.

As recently as last year, Jolie said the couple were in it for the long haul, saying they would "stick together whatever comes", adding: "Brad and I have our issues".

"To be clear: we have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space," she told the Telegraph.

The mother-of-six, a goodwill ambassador with the United Nations, has recently taken up a post as a guest lecturer at the London School of Economics and recently said she has left acting behind her.

This decision is said to have caused tension between the pair as Jolie preferred to focus on her humanitarian work, while he was keen to keep one foot in Hollywood.

 “The older she gets, the more serious she becomes, and she is sick of the Hollywood thing,” a source told the New York Post's Page Six. “He wants to make movies. She doesn’t. It’s a fundamental difference. It’s how you live your life.”

The pair reunited onscreen in 2015 for By The Sea, which was critically panned, and Angelina said the process could be "testing" at times.

"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," she explained.

"We've always liked putting ourselves through challenges, even though it was maybe a little more dangerous for us as a couple."

The divorce makes for one of the most shocking splits in Hollywood history.

Caitlin McBride