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Sources say Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt break-up story is complete bullsplit

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UPDATE –

There has been a crazy amount of speculation over the past 24 hours regarding the supposed split of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. And Gossip Cop‘s investigation seems to confirm our original post from early this morning – the story is not true.

Gossip Cop checked with a number of sources, all of whom say the report is typical News of the World nonsense.

We will keep monitoring closely, but all signs point to Brangelina NOT having broken up.

Follow @GossipCop on Twitter for updates…

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ORIGINAL POST – 12:30 AM -

A claim that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have split radiated shock waves on both sides of the Atlantic tonight.

News of the World is reporting that Hollywood’s most visible couple signed legal papers earlier this month to end their five-year relationship, divide their vast fortune, and, most importantly, determine custody for their six children.

The paper’s “exclusive” reports that an official announcement is imminent. “It is clear it’s a case of when they break up rather than if,” the paper’s unnamed source is quoted as saying.

As for the kids, “It seemed clear they want the world to know they’ll both play a part in the upbringing of the children,” the same source claims, “But Angelina will actually be the one who lives with them full-time.”

According to the tab, Pitt and Jolie signed the separation document in early January after December visits to a top Los Angeles divorce firm. While the megastars never married, “the contract was like a tailor-made version of a pre-nuptial agreement except for an unmarried couple’s split,” the News of the World source reveals.

Gossip Cop is doing its best to get to the bottom of the bombshell claim. Is it possible the News of the World has just scooped everyone on the planet? It’s possible, but we have reasons to be very skeptical.

1. Our sources and sources’ sources haven’t been able to confirm the report.

2. Rumors about an imminent Brangelina breakup have circulated for months, and yet the couple has been photographed together (and happy) often during the same period, both at public functions and in private family moments. Earlier this month the couple donated $1 million – together – to Haiti earthquake relief.

3. News of the World has not just been wrong in the past – it has invented stories, as when the paper fabricated a shocking interview with Michael Jackson‘s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, in the immediate aftermath of the pop star’s death.

Gossip Cop will verify or debunk this story as soon as facts allow. We are currently following up with sources and will have updates when possible.

Follow @GossipCop on Twitter for updates…

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