Brad Pitt breaks silence over Angelina Jolie divorce

Brad Pitt has broken his silence surrounding his divorce with Angelina Jolie, thanking his fans for their support.

The 52-year-old actor attended his first public red carpet event since splitting from wife Angelina Jolie in September alongside co-star Marion Cotillard - at the premiere of his new movie Allied in Los Angeles.

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Pitt - who wasn't wearing his wedding ring - spent a lot of time signing autographs for fans, and was grateful for their "kindness" as he spoke with them.

He told E! News: "It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here.

"It's really nice to have all the support."

Pitt's appearance came the same day the Los Angeles County Department Of Children And Family Services cleared him of child abuse allegations following weeks of extensive investigations into claims he had struck his 15-year-old son Maddox on board a private jet in late September while under the influence of alcohol.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that it has been decided the Fury star had not physically or emotionally harmed Maddox when they allegedly got into a war of words on their private jet.

Jolie - who married the hunk two years ago - filed for divorce from Brad just days after the jet incident and asked for sole physical custody of their children Maddox, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Jolie's representative said in a statement to TMZ: "Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."

The spokesperson also confirmed the former couple - who split in September amid claims Brad, 52, had "got physical" with Maddox during a row on a private jet - have both signed an agreement which sees the Maleficent star retain primary custody of the children, with the Allied actor receiving supervised visits.

The premiere was the actor's second public appearance this week, as he also attended a private screening of Moonlight - which is produced by his Plan B company - alongside his friend Julia Roberts on Tuesday.

- Bang! Showbiz

- NZ Herald

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