While Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce seemed sudden, it appears Angelina had made her mind up long before any alleged incident between her husband and their children.
The DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal that the actress had rented a Malibu home weeks before she filed for divorce or before Brad allegedly became 'verbally abusive and physical' with their children on a flight.
In exclusive pictures, the 41-year-old actress' luxurious hideout can be revealed for the first time.
While the actress listed September 15 as the date she and her husband of two years separated, she had already organized a $95,000 a month home for her and her six children to live in.
A source confirms to the DailyMail.com that the 41-year-old actress rented the ocean front home three weeks before the Oscar-nominated star filed for divorce in a Los Angeles' court on September 19.
The five bedroom, five bath home is 4,409-square-feet and worth close to $12 million.
The gated compound is perfect for keeping herself and her children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, aged eight - away from prying eyes and her now-estranged husband.
The home is located on a stretch of Malibu favoured by celebrities for its seclusion and the family can now claim Owen Wilson, Rick Rubin, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, and Matthew McConaughey as neighbors.
But its location and giant gates are just the tip of the iceberg at Fortress Angelina.
The star is so intent on going to ground, that she has her security guard stationed at the front gates.
On Friday, her rather large personal bodyguard was seen double checking a vehicle outside the property.
Angelina clearly has no plans to leave her fancy bunker, using her assistant to run out and grab anything she or her family need.
The star's assistant Holly Golean was seen out and about running errands around Malibu after visiting the property on Friday.
The actress has set up a war room inside the home where she and her team can discuss her divorce and deal with the publicity fallout.
Brad has been left at their Los Feliz home, which is close to an hour away from the Malibu pad.
There police have had to set up a perimeter to keep out the media and fans.
On Wednesday morning moving vans were seen arriving at the Los Feliz home.
It is not known what the vans picked up as the property Angelina has rented is fully furnished.
While Malibu homes near the water are usually short on space, this one is perfect for her children to play and get their minds off the collapse of their parents marriage.
The property is surrounded in huge mature trees so the kids can play without anyone seeing them one the grassy area out the back of the home.
They can also be down on the white Malibu sands with just a couple of steps down a private path.
The children were reportedly the reason why the actress decided to split with her partner of over a decade.
Angelina filed for divorce from Brad on Monday for 'the health of her family', two years after the couple wed at their French estate Chateau Miraval.
The actress' celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser filed papers citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and asked for physical custody of the couple's six children.
A source close to the couple said that Angelina, made the decision to file because of the way 'Brad was parenting the children,' adding that 'she was extremely upset with his methods'.
That same source claimed the star became 'fed up' with Brad's consumption of 'weed and possibly alcohol' mixed with his 'anger problem'.
According to TMZ, Angelina decided to pull the pin on their marriage due to an incident on September 14.
The couple and their six children were returning from Chateau Miraval last Wednesday when, according to TMZ, Brad allegedly got 'verbally abusive and physical with his children' while he was 'wasted.'
TMZ reported: 'The plane landed a week ago Wednesday just before 8 PM at an airport in Minnesota. That's when eyewitnesses say Brad was "out of control" on the tarmac and even tried to leave in a fuel truck.'
Reportedly both the FBI and the Los Angeles Department of Children's Services are now investigating the incident.
Angelina and Brad are said to have been interviewed as part of the probe, and there are plans for authorities to speak to the children.
An attorney for Angelina, Robert Offer, said Tuesday in a statement that she has filed for the dissolution of the marriage 'for the health of the family'.
He then added: 'She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time.'
Angelina's manager Geyer Kosinski also released a statement, saying: 'Angelina will always do what's in the best interest to protect her children.
'She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this.
While the alleged in-air incident appeared like it was the final straw for the couple's relationship, the fact Angelina rented the home three weeks ago suggests the actress had long thought about ending her marriage.
It has also been reported that Angelina had concerns about her husband's fidelity.
Page Six claimed that it was after Angelina learned through a private eye that Brad may have been cheating on her with Marion Cotillard on the set of their new film Allied that she made the decision to split from the actor.
But a source close to the couple claims that the actress was so jealous of Marion that she refused to speak with the French star after meeting her on the set of the film Allied.
'Angelina completely ignored Marion on the set, and when Marion tried to talk to her she just looked the other way,' the source told DailyMail.com.
'Marion was devastated. Here she is thinking she is going to meet this great UN ambassador and instead Angelina refuses to speak to the woman because of her own jealousy.'
The source also said that rumors of an affair between Brad and Marion are '100 per cent false'.
When DailyMail.com asked for comment Marion's representative would not elaborate past the actress' comment on social media in which she denied any affair and professed her love for partner Guillaume Canet.
The actress revealed the couple are expecting their second child and wished Angelina and Brad luck.
Angelina and Brad met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004. At the time Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston.
The co-stars denied anything had occurred between them even after Brad split with his actress wife.
They have since both come out and confirmed they did fall in love as the filmed the movie about two married spies.