Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie release first joint statement in divorce

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have taken the unusual decision to seal their divorce-related court documents in a bid to keep their six children out of the public eye.

The estranged couple split in September 2016 after 12 years of marriage amid claims that Angelina wasn't happy with Brad's parenting.

Now they've chosen to seal any court documents pertaining to the end of their marriage and have picked a private judge to sort out their divorce.

In their first joint statement since the split, the couple said: "The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues.

"The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification," it added.

As far as break-up statements go, it's no Gwyneth Paltrow-style conscious uncoupling – but it seems their increasingly acrimonious split is calming down now after the events of last month.

Brad, 53, had incurred Ange's wrath by asking for an emergency hearing to seal the documents – a request that was refused and branded by Angelina's camp as an effort to "shield himself" rather than to protect their children.

Pitt hit back by filing yet more documents that accused his soon-to-be-ex of "ignoring even agreed upon standards relating to the children's best interest".