Brad Pitt and wife Jennifer Aniston have split, publicist says
LOS ANGELES – Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have finally made official what was rumored for months – Hollywood’s A-List couple is splitting up.”We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate,” the couple said in a joint statement released Friday by Pitt’s publicist, Cindy Guagenti. “For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration.”The couple didn’t indicate if they planned to divorce, and Guagenti declined to comment beyond the statement, which also said, “We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another.”The separation comes 4 1/2 years after the pair’s storybook wedding and after months of tabloid speculation that their marriage was in trouble.In their statement, they asked for the public’s “sensitivity in the coming months.”Pitt, 41, and Aniston, 35, have been together since being set up on a blind date in 1998. They were married in a lavish wedding on July 29, 2000, on a Malibu estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Some 200 people attended the ceremony, which included four bands, a gospel choir, fireworks and tens of thousands of flowers.Part of Pacific Coast Highway was shut down to accommodate the influx of guests, which included actress Cameron Diaz and most of Aniston’s co-stars from NBC’s “Friends.” Media reports at the time pegged the event’s cost at $1 million. It was the first marriage for both.Until rumors began swirling that they were about to split, there were near-constant tabloid rumors that Aniston was pregnant. The actress had told People in 2002 that she and Pitt eventually wanted to start a family.
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