George Clooney Surprised When Told About Pitt–Jolie Divorce in Interview

Actor George Clooney, human rights activist and co-founder of Sentry, speaks during a news conference on September 12, 2016, in Washington, DC, to present the report War Crimes Shouldnt Pay: Stopping the looting and destruction in South Sudan. Clooney is sad to hear about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's impending divorce. (MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

The major announcement of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s separation did not only stun the world, but also those close to the couple.

Actor George Clooney, who starred alongside Pitt in “Ocean’s Eleven” was shocked to hear about his longtime friend’s impending divorce. CNN broke the news to Clooney while in attendance at the UN General Assembly.

“All right, don’t shoot me on this last question,” CNN’s Richard Roth said. “It’s a big story. You’re friends with both of them. Your thoughts? Any thoughts? She’s a humanitarian…”

“What’s that?” a confused Clooney asks.

“Angelina and your friend, Brad,” Roth says.

“Oh, what happened?” Clooney questions, at which Roth reveals the story that’s been dominating news headlines. “They’re divorcing.”

A taken aback Clooney offered his condolences. “I didn’t know that, wow,” the actor says. “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.”

Jolie had cited “irreconcilable differences” in divorce paper filed on Sept. 19. The couple were together for more than a decade before they tied the knot in a private ceremony in 2014. While the pair have decided to separate, they’ve stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy environment for their six children pending the dissolution of their marriage.

“This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time,” the Jolie Pitts’ attorney, Robert Offer said in a statement.

“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” Pitt said in agreement. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”

In the court filing, Jolie petitioned for full physical custody of the children, with visitation rights for Pitt.

Pitt’s new film, “Allied” is slated to hit theaters on Nov. 23.

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