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Aniston files for divorce from Pitt

Aniston files for divorce from Pitt. Despite recent apparent attempts to reconcile with Brad Pitt, she moves to end their 5-year union, citing irreconcilable differences

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Jennifer Aniston: Kevin Winter/Getty

Hopes for a happy resolution to the Pitt split are now officially dashed. On Friday, People reports, Jennifer Aniston filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in Los Angeles Superior Court, ending speculation that the couple’s four-and-a-half year marriage might be saved. The marriage was the first for both Aniston, 36, and Pitt, 41.

Court papers offered few details, except that Aniston cited ”irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the filing, that she requested that the court not award Pitt spousal support, and that she wanted her name (which she had legally changed to Pitt) be changed back to her maiden name. There was no other hint of how their assets, including a multimillion-dollar Los Angeles home and the busy Plan B film production company, might be divided.

After more than five years as Hollywood’s golden couple, Aniston and Pitt (who married in July 2000) shocked showbiz when they announced their separation in January. No explanation was given for the split, but gossips had thought they might still patch things up, given a number of reported sightings of the couple together at Hollywood parties and other events. Neither Pitt nor Aniston has offered a reason for the split or spoken to the press, with the exception of Aniston’s brief chat with Access Hollywood a couple weeks ago. The Friends alumna said she’d been cheered by the support of fans and had been ignoring the ”tough and nasty” press coverage of the separation. She also laughed at the fact that she’d just agreed to star in a movie called The Breakup, saying: ”I just figured, seize the moment.”