- Brad and Marion are co-stars of the soon-to-be-released Allied
- 'I don't usually talk about my private life,' wrote Guillaume Canet
- Angeline filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on September 19
On Monday, Angelina filed for divorce from Brad, her husband of two years and partner of 12 citing 'irreconciliable differences'.
"I don't usually talk about my private life, which until now I have always carefully protected," Mr Canet wrote in an Instagram post on Friday.
But the relentlessness of the celebrity press, the "stupidity" of the media and the hatred of certain netizens required him to speak up, he said.
They "have pushed me to declare the pride, love, respect and admiration that I have for Marion for staying so strong and intelligent in the face of these stupid and baseless accusations," he added.
Marion on Wednesday rebuffed suggestions that she played a role in the Brangelina break-up.
"Many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting," wrote the 40-year-old actress, who has been with Mr Canet since 2007.
"He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need," she said.
This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into. I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up. Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need. Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn't distressing. And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery. Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment. With all my love Marion Ceci sera la premiere et seule réaction que j'aurai concernant la déferlante inoue qui commencé il y a de a 24 heures et laquelle je suis melée malgré moi. Je n'ai pas pour habitude de commenter ni de prendre au sérieux le tas d'absurdités déversées a le mon sujet mais la situation prenant une telle tournure et affectant des gens que j'aime, je me dois de m'exprimer. Pour commencer, j'ai rencontré il y a quelques années l'homme de ma vie , le pere de notre fils et du bébé que nous attendons aujourd'hui. Il est mon amour, mon meilleur ami et le seul homme dont j'ai besoin. Ensuite, ceux qui me prétendent dévastée, je vais tres bien merci. Ce genre d'inventions aberrantes ne m'affectent en aucun cas. Et pour finir, a la "presse", tous les haters, trolls et consorts qui ont le jugement si rapide je vous souhaite sincearement... un prompt rétablissement. Ceci dit et un peu plus sérieusement, je souhaite Angelina et Brad, deux personnes pour qui j'ai un profond respect, de trouver la paix dans ce moment tumultueux. Avec tout mon amour. Marion
Soon after entertainment website TMZ reported Tuesday that Jolie had filed for divorce, speculations were rife about an alleged affair between Brad and Marion.
They are co-stars of the soon-to-be-released wartime thriller Allied for which they shot together in London.
Allied is the story of two assassins who fall in love, much like Mr & Mrs Smith, the movie that started it for Brad and Angelina. Not only was Mr & Mrs Smith also the story of two assassins, Brad was married to F.R.I.E.N.D.S star Jennifer Aniston at the time. He divorced her in 2005 for Angelina, although they didn't marry till 2014.
The split between two of the world's biggest stars spells the end of one of Hollywood's highest-profile celebrity couples.