French actress Marion Cotillard on Wednesday ended her silence on her alleged involvement in the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The star of films such as “The Artist” and “Rust and Bone” denied any involvement in the sudden split between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, wishing that the two will “find peace,” and confirming her pregnancy with her long-time partner. There were unsubstantiated reports that Cotillard’s affair with Pitt was the reason of the split and the child was his too.
Cotillard, 40, posted a statement on her verified Instagram page a day after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt. 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. 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.
The actress, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for her performance as the legendary French singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose,” stars with Pitt in the upcoming World War II romantic thriller “Allied” and there were rumours that Angelina hired a private eye to find out if Brad was having an affair with Marion.
“This crafted conversation isn’t distressing,” Cotillard wrote. “And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery.” Cotillard says she hopes Jolie and Pitt “will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.”
A spokeswoman for Cotillard didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment about the post.
Read Marion Cotillard’s full statement on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce.
This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into.
I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling 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. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.
Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn’t distressing.
And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery.
Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.
With all my love