Well, the breakup of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt isn't your typical A-lister divorce story. This involves perhaps the most famous Hollywood couple. Their union and potential breakup has been a tabloid mini-cottage industry for years.
Jolie's lawyer simply said she filed for divorce for "the health of the family." Pitt said in a statement that he was "very saddened" but "what matters most now is the well-being of our kids" and asked the press for space.
But shortly after news of Brangelina's end broke, the flood gates opened. Page Six ran a sizable item it pitched as an exclusive, citing a "well placed source" claiming Pitt had been cheating on his wife with actress Marion Cotillard during the filming of their upcoming movie Allied.
Cotillard took the highly unconventional step of directly addressed those rumors, sans euphemisms, writing on an Instagram post Wednesday that this would 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. "
She mentioned Jolie and Pitt by name: "I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom (sic) I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment." And she also announced her pregnancy with "the man of my life," who is her "love, my best friend, the only one I need."
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 inouie qui a commencé il y a de ca 24 heures et a 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 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, a ceux qui me prétendent dévastée, je vais tres bien merci. Ce genre d'inventions aberrantes ne m'affecte en aucun cas. Et pour finir, a la "presse", a tous les haters, trolls et consorts qui ont le jugement si rapide je vous souhaite sincerement... un prompt rétablissement. Ceci dit et un peu plus sérieusement, je souhaite a 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
This would be actor and director Guillaume Canet, with whom she is having her second child.
Cotillard continued: "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."
Hours later, an LAPD spokesman told the Hollywood Reporter that "we are not investigating any case, nor do we have any allegations against Mr. Pitt."
The child services department wouldn't comment, citing its confidentiality policy.
"We understand how rumors get spun up, and hopefully we can put a few of them to rest," LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery told the outlet. "We have no investigation involving Mr. Pitt."
Of course, Pitt and Jolie are not saying anything more publicly. In the absence of official statements and documents will come more reports, semi-denials and half-denials, and celebrity friends asked to comment on their split.
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