Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt as it is in "the best interests" of her children.

The 'By The Sea' star - who has Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, eight, with the actor - filed papers on Monday (19.09.16) to end their two-year marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

Her longtime manager Geyer Kosinki told E! News: "Angelina is doing what's best in the interest of taking care of her children. She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

Whilst entertainment attorney Robert Offer added in a statement: "Angelina has filed for dissolution of 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."

The 41-year-old actress reportedly decided to end the couple's marriage as she was "extremely upset" by how Brad was parenting their children.

In the papers submitted to the court, she is seeking joint legal custody but not joint physical custody. Angelina also confirmed she is happy for the 52-year-old actor to have visitation rights.

Meanwhile, Angelina previously opened up about her children, revealing none of them want to become actors.

She said: "None of my kids want to be actors. They are actually very interested in being musicians. I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing. Pax loves music and deejaying."

Speaking about the kids voicing characters in 'Kung Fu Panda 3', she added: "It's been, 'If you want to, you can jump in, and here's a crazy idea' ... and some of them were shy, but this one they all really wanted to and they all came together and did their recording together and took it very seriously - it was cute. Now that they've had a taste, they think Mommy's job is ridiculously easy."