- Angelina Jolie has opened up about her split from Brad Pitt (opens in new tab) in a new interview.
- The actress revealed that she "separated for the wellbeing of my family."
- Her focus continues to be on her children (opens in new tab), whom she calls "six very brave, very strong young people."
Angelina Jolie (opens in new tab) and Brad Pitt's split (opens in new tab) shocked fans around the world. However, the actress is now making it clear that she's moving on from her marriage (opens in new tab), and putting her children first.
In a new interview with Vogue India (opens in new tab), Jolie was candid about why she chose to divorce Pitt. The Oscar-winner was asked how she sustains "a healthy environment" for her six children amid the high-profile split. Jolie replied, "I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing."
She continued, "Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds. In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people."
The actress and activist previously revealed to Harper's BAZAAR (opens in new tab) that she currently lives in the United States so that her children can be close to their father (opens in new tab). Jolie said, "I would love to live abroad and will do so as soon as my children are 18. Right now I’m having to base where their father chooses to live."
"My body has been through a lot over the past decade, particularly the past four years, and I have both the visible and invisible scars to show for it," Jolie revealed.
The 40 Biggest Celebrity Breakups of the Decade
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
It truly felt like the end of an era when Angelina Jolie split from Brad Pitt (opens in new tab) in September 2016. Having met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004, while Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston (opens in new tab), the couple went on to have six children together: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. They got married (opens in new tab) in August 2014 after almost a decade together.
In an interview with NPR (opens in new tab) in September of this year, Pitt revealed, "A breakup of a family is certainly an eye-opener that as one—and I'm speaking in general again—but as one needs to understand, I had to understand my own culpability in that, and what can I do better."
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan met on the set of 2006 dance movie Step Up, and their on-screen chemistry was palpable. The costars subsequently got married in a dreamy Malibu wedding in 2009, per People (opens in new tab), and welcomed a daughter, Everly Tatum (opens in new tab), in May 2013.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
The world was shocked when Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux (opens in new tab) announced their split (opens in new tab) in February 2018, having gotten married (opens in new tab) in August 2015. In a statement via The Associated Press (opens in new tab), the former couple's publicist revealed that the decision to separate "was mutual and lovingly made at the end of ."
Theroux later told The New York Times (opens in new tab), "The good news is that was probably the most—I'm choosing my words really carefully—it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity." The exes are still on good terms and recently spent Thanksgiving together (opens in new tab).
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Before J.Lo's fairy-tale romance with Alex Rodriguez (opens in new tab), the singer was married to Marc Anthony (opens in new tab) for the good part of a decade. After walking down the aisle (opens in new tab) on June 5, 2004, wearing Vera Wang, Lopez gave birth to twins (opens in new tab), Emme and Max, in February 2008.
However, in July 2011, Anthony and Lopez announced their split to the world. In a statement, via the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), they said, "This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters."
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
According to E! News (opens in new tab), Ashton Kutcher first met Demi Moore (opens in new tab) at a dinner in 2003. They would go on to marry in September 2005 (opens in new tab), but their marriage (opens in new tab) was hit with rumors of infidelity (opens in new tab).
In November 2011, Moore released a statement (via People (opens in new tab)) that said, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother, and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Daredevil costars Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck (opens in new tab)'s engagement (opens in new tab) was reported in April 2005, and apparently took place around the time of Garner’s 33rd birthday. Per People (opens in new tab), they wed just two months later on June 29 in Turks and Caicos, with Garner expecting the couple's first child.
The Afflecks would go on to have three children together: Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel Affleck. In June 2015, the couple announced their split (opens in new tab) after 10 years of marriage (opens in new tab), and their divorce was finalized (opens in new tab) in late 2018.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt announced their separation (opens in new tab) in August 2017 after eight years of marriage. Pratt revealed the split in a Facebook post (opens in new tab), writing, "Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we're really disappointed."
Faris and Pratt continue to co-parent their son, Jack Pratt (opens in new tab). In June of this year, Pratt moved on when he married Katherine Schwarzenegger (opens in new tab), and recent reports suggest that Faris may be engaged (opens in new tab) to her new partner, Michael Barrett.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's romance (opens in new tab) once seemed picture-perfect, with the couple marrying in Italy in November 2006.
Holmes reportedly told Cruise she was filing for divorce during a phone call in June 2012, according to People (opens in new tab). The publication also noted, "With help from her hard-charging attorney dad, Martin, she engineered a dramatic exit, which included moving apartments, changing cell phones and hiring new security."
Most importantly, Holmes gained primary custody of the couple's daughter, Suri Cruise (opens in new tab). Mother and Daughter live in New York.
Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx
A little more than a year after her divorce from Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes was spotted dancing with Jamie Foxx (opens in new tab) at a party in the Hamptons. Years of rumors followed (opens in new tab), with occasional photos of Holmes and Foxx spending time with one another leaking to the press. In January 2018, the pair appeared to confirm their relationship when they attended a pre-Grammys gala (opens in new tab) together.
Holmes and Foxx took their relationship to the next level when they made their Met Gala debut (opens in new tab) as a couple in May this year, only to announce their split (opens in new tab) soon after.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
One of the biggest breakups of 2019 and the decade in general came as somewhat of a surprise to fans. Having met while making Nicholas Sparks's movie The Last Song (opens in new tab), Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth embarked upon a decade-long, on-and-off relationship.
The couple married in a secret wedding (opens in new tab) in December 2018, but less than eight months later, the singer's rep confirmed to People (opens in new tab), "Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time." Almost simultaneously, Cyrus was photographed kissing Kaitlynn Carter (opens in new tab), but has now moved on with Cody Simpson (opens in new tab). Hemsworth officially filed for divorce (opens in new tab) in August of this year.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
The former costars had one of the most magical relationships of the decade, or so Twilight fans (opens in new tab) thought. Being cast as star-crossed lovers Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in 2008, it's unsurprising that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson reportedly had chemistry from the start. At the time, Stewart was still dating Michael Angarano, per E! News (opens in new tab), but once that relationship tailed off in early 2009, the costars became inseparable.
Their relationship first encountered trouble in 2012 when Stewart was photographed kissing movie director Rupert Sanders (opens in new tab). Despite a brief reconciliation, Stewart and Pattinson split (opens in new tab) for good in May 2013. In an interview with Howard Stern (opens in new tab) in November of this year, Stewart revealed, "We were together for years, that was my first [love]."
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Hollywood stars Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber announced their separation in September 2016 after 11 years together. In a joint statement, via The Telegraph (opens in new tab), they revealed, "It is with great love, respect and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship."
The couple co-parents two children, Alexander "Sasha" Pete and Samuel "Sammy" Kai. Watts has since started dating Billy Crudup (opens in new tab), with whom she costarred in Netflix's Gypsy (opens in new tab).
Jude Law and Sienna Miller
The stars met while shooting the 2003 movie Alfie, while Jude Law was going through a divorce from Sadie Frost, per InStyle (opens in new tab). In early 2005, Law's rep revealed that the actor had proposed to Sienna Miller on Christmas Day in 2004, per People (opens in new tab). But by July 2005, Law was forced to apologize to his fiancée (opens in new tab) when it was revealed that he'd had an affair with his children's nanny (Law shares three children, Rafferty, Iris, and Rudy Law, with ex Frost).
However, the high-profile pair revealed they'd reconciled on the Met Gala red carpet in 2010 (opens in new tab) [pictured], much to the delight of many. But by early 2011, Miller and Law had split (opens in new tab) for good.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
After 10 years of marriage (opens in new tab) and welcoming children Apple and Moses Martin, Paltrow and Martin have managed to remain close. Paltrow has since married Brad Falchuk (opens in new tab), and Martin is now dating actress Dakota Johnson (opens in new tab). The quartet have fast become a blended family (opens in new tab).
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone is now engaged (opens in new tab), but some fans of the actress aren't over her relationship with former costar Andrew Garfield, who Stone met (opens in new tab) while filming The Amazing Spider-Man in 2010.
The year 2015 proved rocky for the couple, when they took a break only to reconcile a few months later. However, in October 2015, a source confirmed to E! News (opens in new tab) that Stone and Garfield had ended their relationship for good (opens in new tab). That hasn't stopped Garfield from looking pretty smitten (opens in new tab) with his ex on occasion.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
When it comes to on-off relationships, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez top the list. Despite breaking up with the singer in 2012, per Us Weekly (opens in new tab), Gomez has been repeatedly linked to Bieber over the years ever since. Their most recent reconciliation at the end of 2017 (opens in new tab) gave fans hope that Jelena may be endgame after all.
However, the two singers took another break in early 2018, and Bieber started dating his now-wife, Hailey Baldwin (opens in new tab), soon after. While promoting her new music this year, Gomez hinted (opens in new tab) that her relationship with Bieber was "toxic."
Josh Duhamel and Fergie
Fergie reportedly started dating Josh Duhamel after performing with The Black Eyed Peas on the actor's show, Las Vegas, in late 2004. They got engaged in the winter of 2007 and married in January 2009 (opens in new tab). They later welcomed a son, Axel Jack Duhamel (opens in new tab), in August 2013.
In September 2017, Fergie's rep confirmed the split (opens in new tab) in a statement to E! News (opens in new tab): "With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year. To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family." The couple finalized their divorce (opens in new tab) in November of this year.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
The "Roar" singer is now happily engaged to Orlando Bloom (opens in new tab), but this won't be her first marriage. Katy Perry met comedian Russell Brand at the MTV VMAs (opens in new tab) in 2008, and the pair started dating after reconnecting the following year at the VMAs in September 2009. The couple got engaged on New Year's Eve (opens in new tab) at a tiger sanctuary in India.
Brand and Perry returned to India (opens in new tab) for their wedding in 2010 but announced their split in late 2011. Perry later revealed (opens in new tab) in an interview, "He's a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let's just say I haven't heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011." Ouch.