Analysis: How did Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie manage to marry so quietly?


Now that I’ve given myself some time to calm down from the BREAKING NEWS of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s undercover nuptials this past weekend, I’m contemplating how they managed to be so quiet. One of the few details we have is that “Pitt and Jolie also obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.” I think they were working with someone they knew and trusted and maybe the judge pulled some favors so that the marriage license wasn’t leaked to TMZ.

But really, they made it look easy when it was anything but. Brad and Angelina spent part of their summer every year at the Chateau Miraval and every year, there are rumors that this is the summer that they will get hitched. They have paparazzi staking out the property year after year. But over the past few years, Brad has been making more solo trips to Miraval. The tabloids always claimed he was checking on the progress of the would-be wedding. Everyone was primed. And yet no one expected it to be true because over and over again, nothing happened.

So, why now? Brad and Angelina are about to head to Malta to film By the Sea, a film Angelina wrote and directed (and one which will apparently have HOT SEX SCENES). The paparazzi keeping track of Brangelina noted that the clan flew into France last week, but since everyone knew that they were due in Malta, no one really gave it much thought. Especially since this weekend was full of VMAs and Emmys.

It’s also worth noting that they waited to announce the news until A) after all of this week’s tabloids had already done their covers and B) after the VMA and Emmy drama had died down. It’s probably also a bonus that their announcement totally hijacked Jennifer Aniston’s promotional tour for Life of Crime. And if you think that Brangelina isn’t aware of Aniston’s promotional tours and vice versa, well… you haven’t been paying attention the past nine years.

So, what’s next? They will be working on By the Sea in Malta soon enough. The kids will be there with them and I imagine everything will be fine and low-key. But there will be repercussions, even within Brangelina’s group. They just made George Clooney look like a craven famewhore. And I love them for that.



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  1. doofus says:

    ” And if you think that Brangelina isn’t aware of Aniston’s promotional tours and vice versa, well… you haven’t been paying attention the past nine years.”

    wow…did you just imply that the Jolie-Pitts planned this to steal Aniston’s thunder?

    (I’m afraid for you.)

    and GD it, how is it that she can wear that washed out blush color and look so fab and EVERYONE else who wears it looks washed out?! not fair!

  2. mimif says:

    I’m out of popcorn and completely wasted on rosé.

  3. Kristin says:

    I think they took advantage of a busy awards weekend, plus neither of them put themselves in the spotlight by speaking on the events in Ferguson. They seemed to not even be in the news the past few weeks, which I’m sure wasn’t an accident.

  4. blue marie says:

    My guess is.. they didn’t tell anyone, imagine that..

  5. Lilly says:

    Somebody calls Sherlock Holmes.

  6. Becks says:

    This is how it’s done! Congrats to them.

  7. Abbott says:

    Brad was photographed with his wedding ring at a photocall for “Fury.” Dame Jolie also has award season hopes for “Unbroken.” They decided when to release the information, it wasn’t leaked. That is one mic drop of a wedding.

    Chelsea Handler must be pissed her show just ended.

  8. Cinderella says:

    Now that was a stealth wedding.

    Congrats to them. I’m happy they did it.

  9. Kaiser says:

    I just realized that they waited until Chelsea Handler’s show was off the air too. Good timing.

  10. lower-case deb says:

    on the fashion front: if she wore something like that peplum dress thing she wore to the WWZ premiere, i’ll be happy.

  11. M says:

    Whoever, knew it was people they could trust. People who are in their circles who they know won’t be blabbing to the press. They basically hang with a few A listers, – so those who they probably invited those people who don’t go blabbing to press and also their families.

    Congrats to them, that’s how you do things privately. All those who say, the press is always knowing and bothering you, well the most talked about Hollywood couple showed that you can do things privately.

  12. Christin says:

    Yes, they absolutely make GC look even more ridiculous.

    Of course, it’s possible Brad needed to clear his schedule to be George’s best man. ;)

    Having done an elopement / stealth wedding myself, I admire how they pulled it off.

  13. Jem says:

    Well at least we know why JA looked wasted and/or ready to cry at her movie premeire…

  14. Red Snapper says:

    Angelina Jolie is a control freak. That’s right, I went there.

  15. InvaderTak says:

    How hard could it be if it was family and close friends only? The license was the only tricky issue, and they handled it by getting a trusted person to take care of it. No one thinks that much about them being in France anymore. Sounds like they have good people handle the details and strategized very well.

  16. Sunny says:

    Clooney the craven famewhore…. Hahaha, I love you so much for that line.

  17. paola says:

    It just came to my mind that probably Clooney didn’t attend the wedding.

  18. celine says:

    Yeah!!!! So happy for them. As for the timing. Karma always wins in the end.

  19. BNA FAN says:

    No wonder Aniston looked so unhappy on Jimmy K last night. I’m betting she heard rumors before it hit the press this morning.

    Congratulations to the happy couple. Wish you good health, happiness and love forever.

  20. Ag says:

    that peach/pink flowy dress looks awesome on angelina – so much better than her beloved black sacks. they’re an unnaturally good looking couple. :)

  21. Dany says:

    i´m no Aniston fan, but should she marry this Justin guy this year everyone will say it´s just because Brad married. Every headline will mention Brangelina too. That´s vile.

  22. Jen2 says:

    They did it the way they said they would. Quietly and with family. Pitt knows how to keep his sh!t tight. He, does not have the entourage who talks constantly to the press and I think most of his trusted friends are not even in show business. That is how you keep things quiet. They had not been photographed for weeks and stayed completely out of the limelight. Then Boom! Good on them.

  23. BengalCat2000 says:

    I’m old, so I remember when JFK Jr. got married & nobody knew. I always thought that if HE could pull it off, anyone could.
    Congrats to AJ & BP! They are so beautiful together.

    • nora says:

      you completely right! Prince Albert of Monaco has lived several years with a stewardess he even had a child with her we knew when the little boy was 1 year Diana has lived a love story with a Pakistani doctor several years as we have learned to his death and there are plenty of other examples, they just need to be well organized and choose their friends

    • Sassy says:

      This makes me wonder ever more if Clooney is publicizing his whirlwind romance and upcoming nuptials for ulterior motives. What they might be, I have no idea. It is just not elegant and worldly to do it Clooney’s way. Something is up, peeps.

  24. Jen says:

    I doubt it was that hard. They probably got married in a living room and only had their kids/familes as guests.

  25. Sam says:

    It might have something to do with going to go to Europe to do it? This is just rumors from friends I’ve heard, but they suggest that the general climate in continental Europe (let’s exclude the UK here) is far less “celebrity obsessed” than here. It’s very possible that they selected France as the venue precisely because they knew the surrounding people were less likely to care they were there? Just a thought. I always remember Johnny Depp saying he enjoyed living in France because it was among the few places he could walk outside and not be mobbed.

  26. nicegirl says:

    OHMYGOSH I wonder what she wore!!! seriously . . . I bet the whole group was just gorgeous!

    Congrats to the Pitts!

  27. Dani says:

    I’m so over this tid for tad between Jolie/Pitt and Aniston. It’s been almost a decade, and 6 kids. Can’t we let Jen be Jen in peace and let the Pitts get married without investigating?

  28. Andrea1 says:

    Picture of Brad wearing his wedding ring :)

  29. Lucky Charm says:

    Awesome! I just heard on the radio a few minutes ago “Breaking news, Brangelina are married!” and yes, I squealed with delight like a schoolgirl. :-) Congratulations to them, and once again they pulled off a major event without anyone knowing. Congratulations, Best Wishes, and Mazel Tov!

    • Dara says:

      Much squealing here too! Another gossip site speculated that this last weekend may have been D-Day for George and Amal since everyone was focused on the Emmys and VMAs. She was close, just had the wrong member of the Ocean’s 11 crew.

      It really is a case study for every celebrity who wants to keep their sh#t private. It can be done. In California, there is a type of marriage license called a Confidential Marriage, meaning a copy of the license will never be made public. The only wrinkle is the couple has to be married in the county where the license was issued – since when did France become part of Cali?

  30. anna says:

    It’s about time, don’t you think? Really love how the marriage happens to coincide with beginning press for that Malta film thingy. They can now get lots of Pr mileage out of it for promoting the movie…..God, do they ever do anything at all in their lives without an ulterior motive?

  31. mary says:

    Every time I hear about angelina/brad, I think about beyonce/jz, and vice versa. B-J loves paying lip-service to privacy, but A-B show how being a high-profile private couple is really done. The B-J wedding was a media circus by comparison.

    George Clooney isn’t the only one who looks like a craven attention whore today. Just sayin’.

    • Jen says:

      That’s a pretty bad example, since no one even knew Beyonce and Jay-Z got married until months and months after the fact. It was even LESS of a media event than Brangelina’s wedding, since they didn’t even make a statement about it. They never confirmed it to the media. In fact people were still not even sure they were really married for years after.

    • menlisa says:

      I agree with some parts of what you wrote, but I thought no one knew about B-J wedding until the next day right?

      Jen it wasn’t months until people found out about the wedding.
      It was the same day, and it was confirmed the next day by their publicists.
      I remember pictures were posted the day of the wedding of caterers arriving.

      • Jen says:

        My bad. They still didn’t make a real statement about it. It was no media circus. The only reason people found out was the marriage license, and the fact that it was in NYC, not some chateau out in the French countryside. They never talked about each other really, and Beyonce only called him her husband months later at the VMAs.

    • lucy2 says:

      How about Kerry Washington? Not quite as high profile, but no one even got a photo of her and her husband together for months. Kate Winslet kept hers quiet for a while too, I think.
      I think Beyonce’s was found out not too long after, but I remember she never spoke publicly about him the whole time they were together.

  32. bns says:

    I really don’t think it’s as hard for celebrities to maintain privacy as they claim it is.

    • Vic says:

      This. We’ve seen too many get married and have babies with complete privacy. The ones that rant about it are just after another type of publicity. Maybe victim publicity.

    • Kate says:

      It’s easy if you are very wealthy and willing to drop a lot of money on avoiding the paps (Brange, Depp etc.), and it’s easy if for whatever reason you aren’t a tabloid target (Tom Hanks, Matt Damon to a certain extent). If you are a tabloid target but you can’t afford private planes and giant compounds and a fleet of cars and drivers that are sent out to throw the paps off, you’re pretty much at their mercy.

      Someone like Jennifer Lawrence goes underground often, but she’s only able to do that because the paps give her a break. If they wanted to follow her 24/7, get pictures through the windows of her condo, follow her back to her family home etc. they could, she’s not yet wealthy enough to make herself ‘pap proof’.

    • kibbles says:

      I agree. People with millions of dollars can buy millions of ways to stay hidden for a year if they really wanted to. Many of these celebrities have mansions in several countries, private islands, assistants who can go out to buy whatever they need, access to their own private jets and helicopters, etc… I have seen celebrities who vanish for months without a single pap photo. It is possible.

  33. Melanie says:

    Good for them. It’s about damn time. I’m not a huge fan of either one of them, but I respect their humanitarian efforts, co-parenting and their attempts to keep their private lives as private as possible.

  34. Máiréad says:

    *dance dance dance dance* ^_^

  35. Calcifer says:

    @ Kaiser: It’s probably also a bonus that their announcement totally hijacked Jennifer Aniston’s promotional tour for Life of Crime. And if you think that Brangelina isn’t aware of Aniston’s promotional tours and vice versa, well… you haven’t been paying attention the past nine years’

    Let’s not evoke the infamous triangle again! Isn’t this a beautiful occasion to finally put it to rest. I like Brad and Angelina, AND I like Jennifer Aniston – yes, it’s possible – even thought they could’t be more different. Let’s stop pitting them against each other.

    And congratulations to Brad and Angelina, more for still being together after nine years than for getting married. They give me hope!

  36. pwal says:

    Hiding a wedding is easier than hiding Angelina’s mastectomies. I still marvel at how the JP camp accomplished that.

    Plus, I think that the press played themselves with the many false starts they concocted regarding this couple, even before they got engaged. They likely stopped believing that Brad and Angelina were going to marry, therefore they stopped keeping track of movements indicating that a wedding was about to happen.

  37. Kim1 says:

    Perfect time Brad wont have any interviews until Oct by then the buzz will have died down.They are in Malta and Angie will start directing a film she wrote co staring her husband next week.Clooney will get married and Maniston will rub her baby bump.All is good

  38. may23 says:

    I always thought that Brad is an excellent choice for a husband as opposed to so many Hollywood man who aren’t. He’s steady and obviously has his priorities straight. I think he had a great influence on Angie. The way these two wed just proves my point.

  39. serena says:

    “They just made George Clooney look like a craven famewhore. And I love them for that.” I loved that. Also HE IS a craven famewhore, LOL. This makes me laugh so much, thanks!

  40. Anon says:

    I think the confidentiality liscense is brilliant and was under the understanding that once married. Something about coming back to LA in a certain period of time makes it legit.. I also like the idea private ceremony before then festivities for everyone else later.. That gives personal vows between two people much more private

  41. Janet says:

    See? This is how you do it. No muss, no fuss, no million-dollar blowout. Clooney take note.

  42. bettyrose says:

    If two people whose wedding could’ve been the event of the millenium choose to marry in total secret, I kinda think they aren’t doing it to steal publicity from anyone else.

  43. Bea says:

    Come on – your Aniston thing is just silly.

    let’s be real here, if the JPs are such PR masterminds, why would they get married just in time for Aniston’s promotional tour of a straight to VOD movie?

    If they were that cunning, they would have waited until her next movie where she begs to get pooped and peed on – it would have been way more appropos for her and her PR team’s narrative of poor Jen – the world craps on her.

  44. Kim1 says:

    HaHaHa these poor entertainment sites are trying to play catch up after being blindsided. I am giddy that they are scrambling for insider info days after the fact.I guess the gerbils aren’t talking.

  45. Jen34 says:

    They are very lucky to have such high quality, trustworthy and protective family, friends, help, etc. I am more amazed that nobody who attended the wedding blabbed than I am that they could could pull this off. I mean no tweets,no photos. Nothing. That is probably why Jon Voight didn’t attend.

  46. KayLastima says:

    I don’t know how they did it and I don’t care, this couple gives me the creeps. There is something about them that makes me think that they are more smoke and mirrors over substance. I don’t wish them I’ll, but only time will tell.

  47. Janet says:

    Very smart planning. They did an end run around the media while the media was focused on the VMA awards and the Emmys. I just hope they sold at least one photo to People. I’m dying to see her wedding dress.

  48. Kelly says:

    Why would they care about Jennifer Aniston and her movie publicity? I do not think the timing had anything go to do with that.

  49. Jess says:

    This is so impressive. And you’re right – it does make Clooney look like a famewhore all of a sudden, which is funny. But I agree with Lainey – Brangelina (and Matt Damon and Julia Roberts) show you that you can keep stuff private, even if you’re some of the most famous people in the world. So when Bennifer and those types are complaining about paparazzi, I have little sympathy. Those celebs who want privacy, get privacy. Those who want paparazzi attention and then love to bitch it about it, get it. But they won’t get any sympathy from me!

    • kibbles says:

      A wedding is supposed to be a private celebration between two people and their loved ones. I don’t care if you’re an average Jane and Joe or Brangelina. The institution of marriage is not about bragging to everyone about your ring, posting a million photos on Facebook, a spread in People magazine, or making your wedding the event of the century whether it be in your own small town or internationally if you are a celebrity. If it is about that, then maybe those people should rethink the reasons why they are getting married in the first place. For Clooney, it seems like he is more interested in marrying for publicity than for love.

      I’m so glad Brangelina was able to pull this off and show famewhores how it is supposed to be done. A wedding should be private and it really is no one else’s business but your own.

  50. starrywonder says:

    I think any pics won’t be going to People. I like how Lainey said People is beneath them :-)

    Also whoever up thread said B and J were media whores about their wedding huh? We never even saw her dress until her video a few years ago right? TMZ pulling their marriage license is not a famewhore. A famewhore is Kimye and their never ending nonsense.

  51. A.Y. says:

    Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Pitt ! Soooo happy for them!!! I wish all the best for the whole JP family.
    Best celebrity news this year!!!!!

  52. Jen2 says:

    Curious? Why didn’t the infamous psychic tell the world last week since he knows so much? Oops. Another one busted.

  53. Kate says:

    I don’t understand how this makes Clooney look bad? He’s been saying he’s going to get married for a few months, Brange have been saying it for years. He’s gotten a few months off press out of it, they’ve gotten years. It’s not like they never talked about marriage and surprised everyone with it, they did the same thing Clooney did just in a much longer time-frame.

  54. Camille (The Original) says:

    So if JA’s new movie flops, it will be the Branges fault? Really? I think the Aniston movie premier conflict is what Lainey called it – collateral damage.

  55. aqua says:

    Love how they did this,everyone was so focused on the Clooney wedding possibly happening that weekend that no one even thought or suspected that that’s when Brad and Angie were going to get married. They must have the best Pr in the business. Congrats to them and their beautiful family.