According to court documents, Jolie filed for divorce from Thornton Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences." Jolie seeks sole custody of their 11-month old adopted son Maddox, who was born in Cambodia. She also seeks possession of miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects, and her earnings since the day she and Thornton separated, Reuters reports.
The two were married in May 2000 and attracted media attention by being ravenously affectionate in public, openly discussing their personal lives and sporting tattoos with one another's names.
But lately the couple has been in the news because of the time they've been spending apart.
"I'm angry. I'm sad. It's a very difficult and sad time," Reuters reports Jolie told Us Weekly. "It was a real deep connection, a deep marriage, so it's not that simple to say this or that one thing caused the problems. It's clear to me that our priorities shifted overnight."
A spokesman for Thornton told Reuters the only comment from the actor/writer/musician was, "It's a sad thing."
Last summer, Jolie was named Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and undertook a mission on behalf of the United States for UNHCR to Cambodia soon after.
In March, she adopted a baby boy--Maddox-- from Cambodia.
Jolie just finished shooting Beyond Borders in Africa, a film about a medical student who thinks he has found his calling as an international disaster relief worker--until he gets sidetracked by a well-heeled socialite involved in a troubled marriage. It is slated for release some time this fall.