"This has been coming for some time. This is a very difficult period for the family," the source tells Us. "It was such a difficult decision and it was so hard for her to make. Now that she has made it she knows it was the right thing."
As previously reported, Jolie Pitt's rep confirmed to Us that the actress, 41, is ending her two-year marriage to Pitt, 52, and that the decision was made "for the health of the family."
Per TMZ, she is asking for physical custody of their six children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8 — with visitation for Pitt. Last year, the Fury actor told The Telegraph that the couple were "aiming for a dozen" kids, but "crapped out" after six.
Jolie Pitt and Pitt first met while filming the 2005 comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith. (That same year, the hunky actor split from Jennifer Aniston after five years of marriage.) They secretly exchanged vows at a small chapel in Chateau Miraval in France in August 2014.
Jolie Pitt has been open about the pair's relationship issues before. In November 2015, while discussing their film By the Sea, she told The Telegraph that she and Pitt "have problems like any other couple."
"We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad," she said at the time. "When we first worked together, it was very different because we didn’t really know each other and we were young, and it was really a fun film, so we thought maybe By the Sea was going to be that kind of fun, but realized very quickly that it wasn’t. So it was challenging [this time], but we made a private pact that we were going to try to be as open and honest and emotive as possible and give to each other as much as we could and, succeed or fail, we would just lay it bare."
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