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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Timeline of Hollywood’s Favorite Power Couple

From ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ to a large family and global reach, a look back at the Brangelina romance over the years

As Hollywood's most popular power couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie transformed into an exemplar of an unconventional romance – resisting legal marriage, adopting and raising their children and weathering whatever life threw at them with ease.

On Monday, September 19th, the Academy Award-winning actress, 41, filed divorce documents, citing irreconcilable differences. The pair married in 2014 and Jolie Pitt is seeking physical custody of the their six children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 – and she requested that the Fight Club actor, 52, only get joint legal custody. She is not asking for spousal support.

"This decision was made for the health of the family," attorney Robert Offer said in a statement to Reuters. "She will not be commenting and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time."

Pitt is currently starring in Allied, a World War II drama co-starring Marion Cotillard (who has been dragged into the tabloid fray). Pitt told People in a statement: "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."

Here's a look back at the Brangelina romance, as it has played on and off screen.

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, By the Sea

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November 2014: Couple in Malta for ‘By the Sea’ Filming

A few months after marrying, Jolie Pitt discussed the nuptials for the first time with the press during the promotional ramp-up to the release of Unbroken, which she had directed. "We got married with our [six] children, and they were part of the ceremony," she said on Today. "It was all of us agreeing to be together and to just commit to this life together. Not because we had to … because we were absolutely sure we felt that much of a family." 

The couple then filmed By the Sea, which starred both Pitt and Jolie, and she directed. "The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad. It's hard, dramatic material, and we're balancing," she told DuJour magazine while taking a break from directing in Malta. "It's a heavy film, and it's not easy for us. But even as you struggle through it, you're in the trenches together and you don't expect it to be easy. We're challenging each other and that's a really good thing." Jolie also predicted she would retire from acting and dedicate herself to directing and raising her family.

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

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November 2015: ‘Brad and I Have Our Issues’

While promoting By the Sea, a film that was written and directed by Jolie Pitt and that starred the couple together, she spoke generally of tensions within the marriage. "Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters were even remotely close to our problems we couldn't have made the film," she told The Telegraph. "To be clear: We have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space, but the problems in the movie aren't our specific problems."

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

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March 2015: Jolie Had Her Ovaries Removed

Jolie Pitt revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she preemptively had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after learning the risks she ran of getting ovarian cancer. "I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours," she wrote. "The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful."                                    

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

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June 22nd, 2016: Signals of Trouble in Brangelina Paradise Reported

Us Weekly telegraphs (in print, but not online) one of the few signs that all is not well in the Brangelina landscape. The magazine reports Pitt and Jolie are at odds over whether or not to sell their Provence estate, Chateau Miraval, where the couple wed in 2014. (It's also the vineyard where the couple grows its Miraval rose grapes.) A source tells the magazine that Jolie, who accepted a lecturing position at the London School of Economics in May, wants to unload the property as she is "ramping up her efforts in the political world." The actress is reportedly interested in an appointment to the U.K.'s House of Lords, which she can only do if she becomes a tax-paying British resident.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

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September 20th, 2016: Jolie Files for Divorce

Early on Tuesday morning, Jolie filed for divorce. TMZfirst to the documents, had the details: Jolie, who retained the services of celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser (her star-studded client roster lists Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Gavin Rossdale), cited irreconcilable differences. She requests physical custody of the couple’s six children, but no spousal support.

A feeding frenzy of speculation followed. According to a source who spoke to Us: They disagreed about parenting styles. "They also fight over their schedules and politics still," the source said. "They have a lot of very heated political fights." (Us previously reported that Jolie held unfavorable views of Barack Obama, for whom Pitt was a major supporter and donor. Jolie's father, Jon Voight, is also an outspoken critic of the president's.) Us also reports that Jolie decided one week ago after an "incident."

Page Six reported the real cause is an alleged affair between Pitt and Marion Cotillard, his co-star in the WWII drama Allied.

The couple's lawyer told the AP simply: She did it "for the health of the family."