Pitt has more than 70 works as an actor and producer and shot to fame in 1994's "Legends of the Fall." Jolie has 46 credits as an actress and became popular via the blockbuster "Lara Croft" movies.
Pitt told the DailyMail.com: '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.'
She is not seeking spousal support, TMZ says. The news outlet also says Jolie's reasoning for wanting a divorce surrounds Pitt's parenting style, and does not involve cheating accusations.
The celebrities were engaged in 2012 and married Aug. 23, 2014. They had been together for nine years before the wedding in France.