Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sent shock waves throughout the celebrity-watching world earlier this week when the Hollywood power couple announced that their 12-year, headline-grabbing romance had come to an end.
The married couple, lovingly known as Brangelina, confirmed their breakup in separate statements after news broke Tuesday that Jolie had filed for divorce. Jolie, 41, cited “irreconcilable difference” in divorce papers, while Pitt, 52, said in a statement to People that he is “very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids.”
The couple’s split was quickly complicated by emerging details about a confrontation on a private plane that ended with child abuse allegations against Pitt. Here’s what you need to know:
Pitt is accused of verbally and physically abusing his oldest child, 15-year-old Maddox, while the family was on a private plane last week, sources tell People. Pitt was apparently “drunk” and had been arguing with his wife aboard the flight when Maddox stepped in, the magazine reports. “There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have,” the source said.
But Pitt did not hurt his son, according to the source. “He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiraling out of control,” the source said.
Neither Pitt nor Jolie have commented on the abuse allegations.