Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie release first joint statement since split

Brad Pitt (R) and Angelina Jolie at the AFI Fest premiere of "By the Sea" on November 5, 2015. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie released a joint statement Monday, the first since their highly-publicized split in the fall.

The 53-year-old actor and 41-year-old actress put on a “united front” to announce they’ve agreed to seal all court documents pertaining to their divorce to protect their six children.

“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues,” the pair said in a statement to People.

“The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification,” the statement concludes.

Pitt was denied an emergency order to seal documents pertaining to the divorce in early December. He later filed a motion to seal records regarding his kids with Jolie, claiming the actress has “exposed” the children since their split.

“[Angelina] appears to be determined to ignore even agreed upon standards relating to the children’s best interest and she is attempting to clear the way to put in the public eye any allegations she can, without regard to the impact on the minor children,” the actor’s attorneys claimed in court documents last month.

Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September after two years of marriage and a decade together. The couple share 15-year-old Maddox, 13-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh and 8-year-old Vivienne and Knox, who reportedly saw their dad over the holidays.

“Brad did see the kids at some point for a holiday gift exchange,” a source recently told Us Weekly.

“[Brad] gave them presents and it was cordial,” a second insider added. The visit was reportedly supervised by the children’s therapist.


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