Angelina Jolie has broken her silence on her split with Brad Pitt, following his first public appearance since the divorce proceedings began (opens in new tab).
This week, Pitt was cleared of child abuse allegations (opens in new tab), following the investigation (opens in new tab) by the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services into an incident involving his eldest son Maddox on a private plane on 14 September.
Reacting to the news, a spokesperson on behalf of Jolie released a statement:
"The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
When news of the breakdown of the marriage broke in September, Jolie's attorney Robert Offer released a statement that read: "Angelina has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This 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." This is the first time that Jolie has spoken out since.
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