Aniston files for divorce

PTI | ByAgence France-Presse, Los Angeles
Apr 07, 2005 03:26 PM IST

Jennifer Aniston has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, quashing hopes of a happy ending for one of Hollywood's hottest couples.

Jennifer Aniston has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, quashing hopes of a happy ending for one of Hollywood's hottest couples.

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The star of hit TV series "Friends" filed for divorce in the Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, three months after she and Pitt jointly announced a separation.

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The filing gave no indication on how the couple plan to divide their extensive assets, which include several multimillion-dollar homes and a production company.

Aniston met Hollywood leading man Pitt on a set-up dinner date in 1998 and the two were married in July 2000 in a lavish oceanside ceremony featuring fireworks and live music by passionate French band The Gipsy Kings.

The terse announcement of their separation on January 7 sparked shockwaves and a rain of speculation about the cause of the breakup.

Could it have been differences over the ideal moment to have a child? Was it interference from a growing friendship between Pitt and sultry actress Angelina Jolie?

The break came as Pitt, 41, reportedly wanted to start a family, while Aniston, who has since turned 36, wanted to put childbearing off to focus on her career.

People west coast editor Todd Gold said that was part of the reason. She also wanted to make sure her marriage would last, he said.

Then, there is speculation that Jolie, named sexiest woman by Esquire last year, caught Pitt's eye, as they worked together on "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

"There was no confirmation that he had an affair with Angelina Jolie," Jess Cagle, the People editor, said.

"We do know that a respect developed and they became friends and I'm not sure that sat well with Jennifer Aniston."

No, no and no, the couple said in a joint announcement of their separation on January 7.

"For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration.

"We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another."

The separation came after four and a half years of marriage and months of rumor prompted when Aniston showed up at the opening of "Ocean's Twelve" without her wedding ring.

Aniston became one of America's most recognizable stars for her role in the hit television sitcom "Friends" which finally went off air in 2004 after a ten-year run. She won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her portrayal of Rachel Green on the show.

Post "Friends," her career appeared headed for a healthy transition, as she has several movie projects in the works. Her last hit film, "Along Came Polly," a comedy co-starring Ben Stiller, grossed 86 million dollars in the United States.

Forbes magazine named her the most powerful star on the planet in 2003 in its annual "Celebrity 100" list. In 2002, she made 35 million dollars, according to Forbes.

Her marriage to Hollywood heartthrob Pitt seemed yet another jewel in her crown as she rose to the heights of stardom. His fame preceded hers, dating to his 1991 appearance in "Thelma and Louise." The veteran actor most recently starred in "Ocean's 12" and "Troy."

The two celebrities have repeatedly been named among America's "most beautiful people" and the "hottest Hollywood couples" by People and other media outlets.

Their July 29, 2000 wedding was a first marriage for both. Pitt was briefly engaged to actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996-1997, and dated a string of beautiful actresses and models before giving up his status as one of Hollywood's hottest bachelors at the age of 36.

Aniston was formerly linked to actor Tate Donovan.

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