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Cotillard posted a statement on her verified Instagram page a day after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt. — File picCotillard posted a statement on her verified Instagram page a day after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt. — File picLOS ANGELES, Sept 22 — French actress Marion Cotillard yesterday denied any involvement in the sudden split between Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, wishing that the two will “find peace”, and confirming her pregnancy with her long-time partner.

Cotillard, 40, posted a statement on her verified Instagram page a day after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, amid some media reports that Cotillard and Pitt may have been romantically involved.

Pitt and Cotillard star together in the upcoming war drama Allied.

The Oscar-winning French actress said the statement would be her only comment on the “whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into”.

“As this situation is spiralling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up. 

“Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. 

In the Gallery


  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, stars of the new action film ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’, pose at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles June 7, 2005. — Reuters pic

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie whispers to Brad Pitt during the ‘A New Mindset for the UN’ session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2006. — Reuters pic

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the world premiere of Stephen Soderberg’s film ‘Ocean’s 13’ at the 60th Cannes Film Festival May 24, 2007. — Reuters pic

  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive for the screening of the animated film ‘Kung Fu Panda’ at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2008. — Reuters pic

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 25, 2009. — Reuters pic

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 81st Academy Awards in Los Angeles February 22, 2009. — Reuters pic

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film ‘Inglourious Basterds’ by director Quentin Tarantino at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2009. — Reuters pic

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose at the premiere of ‘The Tree of Life’ at LACMA in Los Angeles May 24, 2011. — Reuters pic

  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the ‘Cinema for Peace 2012’ charity gala during the 62nd Berlinale film festival in Berlin February 13, 2012. — Reuters pic

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive with their children Knox (beside Pitt), Vivienne (right) and Pax (centre) at Haneda international airport in Tokyo July 28, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for a special Maleficent Costume Display at Kensington Palace in London May 8, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the premiere of ‘The Normal Heart’ in New York May 12, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Angelina Jolie waves at fans with Brad Pitt as they arrive at the premiere of ‘Maleficent’ in Los Angeles May 28, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the premiere of ‘By the Sea’ during the opening night of AFI FEST 2015 in Los Angeles November 5, 2015. — Reuters pic

“He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need,” Cotillard said, referring to French actor Guillaume Canet.

She signed off by saying: “I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.”

Cotillard’s name was mentioned in some reports as media outlets and fans tried to understand what led to the sudden divorce of one of Hollywood's most visible couples, known for their good looks, successful films and activism.

Jolie, 41 and Pitt, 52, known collectively by the tabloid press and gossip sites as “Brangelina”, married in 2014 after a decade together and have six children.

They were steady fodder for tabloids with reports focusing on what role Jolie played in the breakup of Pitt’s marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston and, more recently, possible trouble in the marriage. — Reuters 

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