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“United front” - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt release their first joint statement since split

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have released their first joint statement since they sensationally split in September.

The estranged couple are thrashing out the terms of their divorce amid a fierce custody battle over their six children and have now reached an agreement to keep details of the split under wraps from now on by using a private judge.

Read more: Angelina Jolie’s attorney reveals what really happens in a Hollywood divorce

“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,” their statement read.

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

Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from the 53-year-old Word War Z actor after 12 years together citing “irreconcilable differences” and issued a statement through her rep declaring the decision was “made for the health of the family.”

The Maleficent star applied for and was granted full temporary custody of their children Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10 and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

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Pictured on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2004

At the time Pitt described himself as “very saddened” by Jolie’s decision and was given supervised access to their children in a temporary deal. He is reportedly seeking joint legal custody in their divorce.

The pair began a high-profile relationship on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2004 and married in August 2016 but since their split both have largely stayed out of the public eye.

Read more: Brangelina break-up: what our mums said

However, Pitt made a surprise appearance at Sunday night’s Golden Globes to introduce Moonlight, a film that he part-produced and which won Best Drama. 

His introduction to the film ended with a sentiment that prompted rapturous applause from the ceremony’s A-list audience: “It is Barry Jenkins’ [Moonlight director] profound belief that we all stand at the threshold of change and forgiveness where we only grant acceptance and love to ourselves.”

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