Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are to divorce after two years of marriage.

TMZ, the US showbusiness website, claimed Jolie has filed papers citing "irreconcilable differences".

A legal representative for the actress confirmed she has filed papers to dissolve the marriage.

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

The couple have been together since 2005, and married in 2012, and have six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne. 

TMZ claimed Jolie has requested physical custody of the children and that September 15, 2016 was the date of separation. Sources said there was no third party involved, but that issues arose over parenting.

Jolie is being represented divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who helped in her divorce from Billy Bob Thornton and is representing Johnny Depp in his divorce from Amber Heard.

This will be the second divorce for Pitt and third for Jolie.

Just last year, Jolie told the Telegraph the couple would "stick together whatever comes" but admitted: "“Brad and I have our issues".

She added: "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."

Jolie and Pitt have been one of the most scrutinised celebrity couples of recent years, since rumours the actor left his wife Jennifer Aniston during the filming of Mr and Mrs Smith.

Earlier this month, Jolie was photographed working alone as UNHCR special envoy in a Syrian refugee camp in Azraq in northern Jordan.

The couple were photographed together back in July, celebrating her son's birthday in a West Hollywood restaurant.