Brad Pitt is to miss a premiere of his latest film to focus on his “family situation”, he has said.

The actor has been the focus of press attention since it was revealed that Angelina Jolie has applied for divorce.

He narrated director Terrence Malick’s epic documentary Voyage of Time, about the birth of the Universe.

He said he did not want his presence at the California Science Centre Imax Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday to “distract attention” from the film.

In a statement, Pitt said: “Terrence’s Voyage of Time is an incredibly beautiful and unique experiential Imax film for children and families chronicling the birth of time.”