Madame Tussauds separates wax figures of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

London museum moves waxworks apart after Jolie files for divorce

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Studio assistants Alex Cameron and Olivia Steen move apart the wax figures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at Madame Tussauds in London | Photo: PA Images

Waxworks of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been moved apart at Madam Tussauds in London following their split. 

The museum confirmed on Twitter that it had separated the two figures, less than 24 hours after news of the divorce broke.

The couple, who have six children, married two years ago but had been together since 2014.

Robert Offer, Jolie's lawyer, said in a statement that the decision had been made "for the health of the family".

The actress cited irreconcilable differences with Pitt, listing their date of separation as September 15th.

The nature of the differences has not been revealed but TMZ reports that there was conflict over Pitt's parenting.

In a statement, Pitt said: "I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids.

"I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."

Jolie is seeking custody of their children - Maddox (15), Pax (12), Zahara (11), Shiloh (10) and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - with visitation rights for Pitt, but does not want spousal support.

She had been married twice before, to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.

The couple first met on the set of the film 'Mr And Mrs Smith', while Pitt was still married to 'Friends' star Jennifer Aniston.

As well as their film careers, Pitt and Jolie are both known for charitable work: they set up the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation 10 years ago to assist in humanitarian crises around the world.

Jolie represented the UN High Commission for Refugees as a goodwill ambassador between 2001 and 2012, becoming a special envoy in April 2012.

Pitt started the Make It Right Foundation after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, donating US$5m (€4.4m) to help rebuild New Orleans after the disaster.