Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie feels like a "weight has been lifted" since she filed for divorce from Brad Pitt.

The 'By The Sea' actress submitted the papers to the court on Monday (19.09.16) after the pair reportedly fell out over their different approaches to parenting.

A source told Us Weekly magazine: "She feels like a weight has been lifted. This has been coming for some time. This is a very difficult period for the family.

"It was such a difficult decision and it was so hard for her to make. Now that she has made it she knows it was the right thing."

Meanwhile, it was previously claimed that pals were not surprised to hear of Brad and Angelina's split.

A friend said: "I could say the divorce announcement is a shock, but it's not. This divorce deal has been brewing for a long time.

"When Angelina underwent her mastectomy in 2013, her health and life in general became a priority for her. Her views on life changed. Suddenly she saw herself walking in her late mother's shoes - and she was no longer that wild, fun loving woman she used to be, she was taking things a lot more seriously.

"Brad was supportive, and wanted to be there for her, so they decided to marry - more for the sake of their six children than themselves. They wanted the kids to have the security of knowing their parents were committed because they had been very affected by their mom's ill health."