Brad Pitt skips LA premiere to 'focus on family'

A 2014 photo shows actor Brad Pitt and children (from left) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt as they arrive for a movie premiere.
A 2014 photo shows actor Brad Pitt and children (from left) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt as they arrive for a movie premiere.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Brad Pitt cancelled a red-carpet appearance on Wednesday (Sept 28) for filmmaker Terrence Malick's new film Voyage Of Time to focus on his "family situation" amid a messy divorce from Angelina Jolie.

Pitt, 52, was scheduled to attend the premiere at the California Science Centre in Los Angeles for the 40-minute feature examining the origins of the universe, which he narrates.

"Terrence's Voyage Of Time is an incredibly beautiful and unique experiential IMAX film for children and families chronicling the birth of time," Pitt said in a statement.

"I'm very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I'm currently focused on my family situation and don't want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see," he added.

Pitt's management did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Jolie, 41, filed for divorce on Sept 19 citing irreconcilable differences and seeking custody of their six children, with visiting rights only for Pitt.

The A-listers wed in France in August two years ago, but had been a couple since 2004.

French actress Marion Cotillard was forced last week to deny suggestions that she played a role in the "Brangelina" breakup by having a fling with Pitt.

Meanwhile, the FBI has said it is gathering information before deciding whether to launch a federal probe into an alleged incident on a plane carrying Pitt and his children back from vacation in France.

It has not offered any details of the allegations but several US media outlets reported that Pitt had been involved in an angry outburst with at least one of his children.