In a split heard 'round the world, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have announced that they are separating after nearly five years of marriage. "We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate," the couple said in a joint statement. "For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration. We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another." The break-up comes after months of tabloid speculation that the couple's marriage was on the rocks. They concluded their statement by asking the public and media "in advance for your kindness and sensitivity in the coming months."