Jolie and Pitt at the Academy Awards in 2009
December 18, 1963 (Pitt)|
June 4, 1975 (Jolie)
|Partner(s)||2005–present; 6 children|
Brangelina (also called Bradgelina) is a celebrity supercouple consisting of American actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Pitt has appeared in over 40 major films, including 12 Monkeys (1995), Ocean's Eleven (2001), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), while Jolie has appeared in over 30 major films, including Girl, Interrupted (1999), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and Changeling (2008). Their relationship began after they starred together in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). They have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.
Pitt was engaged for six months to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, his co-star in Seven (1995), whom he dated from December 1994 to June 1997. In May 1998, Pitt met Friends actress Jennifer Aniston; they married on July 29, 2000. Despite their relationship previously being considered a rare Hollywood success, Pitt and Aniston separated in January 2005 and divorced on October 2, 2005.
On March 28, 1996, Jolie married British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her co-star in Hackers (1995). Jolie and Miller separated in September 1997 and divorced on February 3, 1999. After a two-month courtship, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton, her co-star in Pushing Tin (1999), on May 5, 2000. Jolie and Thornton announced the adoption of a son from Cambodia in March 2002, but separated three months later. Their divorce was finalized on May 27, 2003.
Pitt and Jolie met in 2004 on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). In early 2005, their association became the subject of a much-publicized Hollywood scandal, when they were alleged to have begun an affair while Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Jolie denied this on several occasions, but both admitted that they "fell in love" on the set. In 2005, Jolie explained, "To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn't be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife."
While Pitt and Jolie never publicly commented on the nature of their relationship, speculations continued throughout 2005. In April, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, a set of paparazzi photos emerged that showed Pitt, Jolie, and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya, which seemed to confirm the rumors of a relationship between Pitt and Jolie. During the summer, Pitt and Jolie were seen together with increasing frequency, and most of the entertainment media considered them a couple, dubbing them "Brangelina". On January 11, 2006, Jolie confirmed to People that she was pregnant with Pitt's child and thereby acknowledged their relationship for the first time in public.
An advocate for same-sex marriage, Pitt told Esquire in October 2006 that he and Jolie would marry "when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able." He reaffirmed his stance to Parade in August 2009, and again to People in July 2011. In February 2010, Pitt and Jolie sued British tabloid News of the World for falsely reporting that they were separating, a story that had been widely picked up by credible media outlets. The privacy claim was settled the following July for an undisclosed amount, which was donated to the couple's charity, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. On April 13, 2012, the couple announced that they were engaged.
- Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt
- born August 5, 2001 in Cambodia
- adopted March 10, 2002 by Jolie
- adopted early 2006 by Pitt
- Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt
- born November 29, 2003 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- adopted March 15, 2007 by Jolie
- adopted February 21, 2008 by Pitt
- Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt
- born January 8, 2005 in Awassa, Ethiopia
- adopted July 6, 2005 by Jolie
- adopted early 2006 by Pitt
- Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
- born May 27, 2006 in Swakopmund, Namibia
- Knox Léon Jolie-Pitt
- born July 12, 2008 in Nice, France
- Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt
- born July 12, 2008 in Nice, France
On March 10, 2002, Jolie adopted her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan, from an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was born as Rath Vibol on August 5, 2001 in a local village. Jolie applied for adoption after she had visited Cambodia twice, while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and on a mission in her capacity as Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR. The adoption process was halted in December 2001 when the U.S. government banned adoptions from Cambodia amid allegations of child trafficking. Once the ban was lifted for the waiting families, she took custody of Maddox in Namibia, where she was filming Beyond Borders (2003). Although Jolie and her then-husband Billy Bob Thornton announced the adoption together, she in fact adopted Maddox as a single parent.
Jolie adopted a daughter, six-month-old Zahara Marley, from an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 6, 2005. Zahara was born as Yemsrach on January 8, 2005 in Awassa. At the time of the adoption, Jolie did not know whether her daughter was HIV positive, but Zahara later tested negative. Shortly after they returned to the United States, Zahara was hospitalized for dehydration and malnutrition. In November 2007, media outlets reported that Zahara's biological mother wanted her daughter back, but she denied these reports, saying she thought Zahara was "very fortunate" to have been adopted by Jolie.
Pitt accompanied Jolie when she traveled to Ethiopia to collect Zahara. Jolie later indicated that she and Pitt had made the decision to adopt from Ethiopia together. In December 2005, Pitt's publicist announced that Pitt was seeking to adopt Maddox and Zahara. To reflect this, Jolie filed a request to legally change her children's surnames from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was granted on January 19, 2006. The adoptions were finalized soon after.
On May 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, in Swakopmund, Namibia. Pitt confirmed that their newborn daughter would have a Namibian passport. Pitt and Jolie decided to sell the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images themselves, rather than allowing paparazzi to make these valuable photographs. People paid a reported $4.1 million for the North American rights, while Hello! obtained the British rights for a reported $3.5 million. All profits were donated to charities serving African children. In July, Madame Tussauds in New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh; it marked the first time an infant was recreated in wax by the museum.
On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted a son, three-year-old Pax Thien, from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He was born as Pham Quang Sang on November 29, 2003 in the capital. She adopted Pax as a single parent, because Vietnam's adoption regulations do not allow unmarried couples to co-adopt. The following month, she filed a request to legally change her son's surname from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was approved on May 31, 2007. She revealed that his first name, Pax, was suggested by her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, before her death in January 2007. The rights for the first post-adoption images of Pax were sold to People for a reported $2 million, as well as to Hello! for an undisclosed amount. Pitt's adoption of Pax was finalized in the United States on February 21, 2008.
At the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008, Jolie confirmed that she was expecting twins. She gave birth to a son, Knox Léon, and a daughter, Vivienne Marcheline, on July 12, 2008 in Nice, France. The rights for the first images of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for a reported $14 million—the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken. The proceeds were donated to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
The Pitt-Jolie's main home is in Los Angeles. Their second home is Chateau Miraval a pre-Roman Construction (720-121 BC.) located in a village called Brignol, which is near Aix-en-Provence in France. The latest home purchased by the Jolie-Pitt family is Villa Saibante Monga also known as Villa Costanza, a Villa Veneta with 4.4 acres property in the Valpolicella, the renowned wine-production area in the Veneto Region of Italy.
In the media
Starting in 2005, Pitt and Jolie's relationship became one of the most reported celebrity stories worldwide. After Jolie confirmed her first pregnancy in January 2006, the unprecedented media hype surrounding them "reached the point of insanity," as described by Reuters in their story "The Brangelina Fever". In an attempt to avoid the media attention, Pitt and Jolie went to Namibia for the birth of their first biological child, to whom the Associated Press referred as "the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ". Two years later, Jolie's second pregnancy again fueled a media frenzy. For the two weeks she spent in a seaside hospital in Nice, France, reporters and photographers camped outside on the promenade to report on the birth of the twins.
Like their relationship, Pitt and Jolie's six children themselves have gained considerable celebrity and appear regularly in the tabloid media. In January 2008, Forbes named Shiloh the most influential celebrity child, based on her web presence, press clippings, and awareness data, and her parents' consumer-appeal rankings. Ethiopia-born Zahara ranked third, while Vietnam-born Pax came in fifth. Cambodia-born Maddox was, at six, too old to qualify. In a November 2008 repeat survey, Shiloh ranked second behind Suri Cruise, the daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Zahara again placed third and Pax moved up to fourth place. Twins Knox and Vivienne were too young and infrequently seen to qualify.
Robert Thompson, an educator and researcher in the field of popular culture, has said that the coupling of A-list stars like Pitt and Jolie, or in years gone by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is "a paparazzo's dream come true." He further relayed that, "as silly as it sounds, this new tendency to make up single names for two people, like 'Bennifer' (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez) and 'TomKat' (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes), is an insightful idea. 'Brangelina' has more cultural equity than their two star parts."
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