In fact, Clooney, 55, heard news of the split through the media. At Tuesday's Leaders Summit for Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the actor was asked by a CNN reporter to comment on Jolie and Pitt's breakup.
"What happened?" Clooney said, clearly taken aback. "I didn't know that. I feel very sorry then. That's a sad story and unfortunate for a family. It's an unfortunate story about a family. I feel very sorry to hear that."