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Recent rumors of their demise have gotten so out of control that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are suing a London tabloid for claiming they are planning to split.

The couple’s lawyer, Keith Schillings, tells BBC News that Pitt and Jolie have begun legal proceedings against the always-reputable News of The World tabloid.

On January 24, that publication said the two had agreed to divide their assets and made arrangements for the custody of their six kids. This is not the case.

Schillings tells the BBC that the report contained “false and intrusive allegations” and the paper failed to meet a demand for a retraction and apology for it.

Schillings says Sorrell Trope, an L.A. divorce lawyer identified by some publications as advising the two, denied that he had been in contact with the couple.

Brangelina is not dividing up assets or Maddox anytime soon.

“I have had no contact from… Angelina Jolie and/or Brad Pitt,” Trope said in a statement. “I have never met… your clients or had any involvement with them. The foregoing is true with respect to all other members of this firm.”

Basically, for a lawsuit to have merit, the plaintiff must prove it was deliberately defamed by false reporting, rather than the publication merely screwing up.

It certainly looks like that was the case here, as evidenced by Trope’s denial. The News Of The World has yet to comment on the story or lawsuit.

Pitt and Jolie, who are not married, nonetheless appear wholly committed to their relationship and each other, as their Super Bowl PDA in Miami Sunday.

They took their eldest son, Maddox (pictured), to the big game. Surprisingly, there was no sign of Jennifer Aniston, who Brad is still in love with, according to OK!

Better have some good lawyers on retainer, OK!