George Clooney Stunned by Brangelina Divorce News During Live Interview
Celebrity| | By Sara Wilkins
George Clooney was blindsided when he was told of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce during a live television interview on Tuesday.
The public were left stunned when it was revealed on Tuesday that Jolie had filed for divorce from her husband, citing irreconcilable differences, and was asking for custody of their six children.
However, one of the last people to find out appeared to be Pitt’s Ocean’s Eleven (2001) co-star and good pal Clooney, who was attending an event at the United Nations.
During a live interview with CNN, anchor Richard Roth asked the actor: “Alright, don’t shoot me on this last question but you’re friends with both of them. Any thoughts?”
A bemused Clooney asked, “What’s that? What’s happened?”
After Roth informed him of the divorce news, Clooney struggled to conceal his shock as he replied, “I didn’t know that. I feel very sorry then.
“That’s a sad story and unfortunate for a family… It’s an unfortunate story about a family. I feel very sorry to hear that. That’s the first I’ve heard of it.”
After starring with Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven, Clooney formed a close bond with the actor and later also became friends with Jolie.
Speaking previously about his friendship with Clooney, Pitt told Britain’s GQ, “Well, you know, George is extremely accessible. He’s one of our best representatives. He’s funny as s**t. He’s a joy to be around. I guess maybe I’m more of a miserable b**tard. I’m a bit of a loner, you know? I’m more quiet by nature. And coming from hillbilly country, I’m probably more reserved.”
Clooney was at the UN on Tuesday attending a round table event with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis.
After the divorce went public, Pitt released a statement saying, “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.”
Pitt and Jolie wed in 2014. The couple met on the set of 2005 action Mr. & Mrs. Smith, when Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston.