Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt got engaged because Maddox guilt-tripped them, basically

These are all photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie through the years at the Cannes Film Festival. Because why not? For all of these engagement stories, I’m trying to use some older photos that we haven’t seen in a while, just for fun. Anyway, I’ve gotten a chance to read some of the tabloids this week, and they all have versions of Brad Pitt’s proposal. I think most versions have Brad spending months and months designing the ring and when he actually proposed, Angelina cried. But I think my favorite version is Us Weekly’s story – they basically say that Maddox is a little family-values conservative who guilt-tripped his parents into getting married because “mommies and daddies should be married.” OMG. Santorum-speak!!!! Us Weekly’s sources also claim that Brad came right out and proposed to Angelina… in 2006. When she was pregnant with Shiloh! And Angelina refused him!

It wasn’t your average Jolie-Pitt family meeting. On a recent spring day, Brad Pitt gathered his six kids — Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 3 — as he presented love Angelina Jolie with a very special present: A tablet-shaped diamond engagement ring — estimated at 16 carats and worth $500,000 — which he helped design with jeweler Robert Procop.

Pitt skipped the tradition of getting down on one knee, per a source, and merely presented the ring as a token of his unwavering love.

“Angelina cried and smiled” at the proposal, a confidante tells the new Us Weekly, out now. And the children, who had been extremely eager for their parents to wed after seven years together, were equally overjoyed, the source adds. “Everyone hugged once she put [the ring] on. She went around and showed it to each of the kids.”

As the world now knows, Jolie, 36, quietly debuted that long-awaited ring at an April 11 private viewing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with startling photos and a confirmation from jeweler Procop and then Pitt’s manager emerging two days later.

“Angie considers herself bonded to Brad for life,” adds the source.

The engagement fulfills one of Pitt’s long-held dreams – and a source gives all credit to Brad and Angelina’s oldest child, Maddox. “Maddox wanted them to have a wedding… he was the most vocal in pushing for it… Brad pleaded with Angelina and said that everything else in the kids’ lives is not normal, that they travel constantly, they are always in different houses and different schools. They needed to give the kids one thing in their life that is normal and they are asking for this. Brad told Angelina they should do it for the kids.”

It wasn’t the first time Pitt proposed to her, reveals the insider. “He asked her to marry him when she was pregnant with Shiloh,” says the source. “And she said no.”

But more recently, Jolie was taken off guard when Maddox urged her to take the traditional next step. “Maddox told Angelina a mommy and daddy should be married. It broke Angie. She knew she had to do it then.”

As Brad designed Angelina’s ring, he was actually working for the kids’ approval. “brad would show them plans for the ring… he wanted the ring to be from the whole family, not just from him.”

As for making plans for the actual wedding, sources say it will likely take place in their French chateau either this summer or next. A source says, “I don’t think Angelina figured that she would be getting married again… [but she sees it] as formalizing the agreement they already have… it’s no big deal to her.”

A friend also says, “I don’t think Angelina has ever worried about her ability to keep a man, but what she has with Brad is very strong. They can still be hot and heavy. There is a great attraction. Angie is deep and thoughtful and undeniably sure of herself. I don’t think any man but Brad could really make it work.”

[From Us Weekly, print and online editions]

Yes, I see it clearly now. Maddox’s fingerprints are all over this!! It does sound like Maddox was working both parents separately, right? He was all, “Dude, you need to do the right thing by my mom” to Brad and then to Angelina, Maddox was all, “Girl, he loves you. The next time he asks, SAY YES.” That’s how I imagine Maddox speaks. Am I wrong? I want to know what Zahara thinks of all of this. You know she gave that 1980s ring an empress side-eye.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Jayna says:

    Please stop posting an engagement crock story every few hours. They wanted to marry, period, and have been using the children story as the reason because they are embarrassed they said they never would until gays could. It was even stated for the past six months they were bringing it up in interviews to get people ready for when they did it.

    • Rhea says:

      You do know that this is celebrity’s gossip site? It’s what they do to attract people coming and leaving comments here.

    • kazoo says:

      boooo, get off the stage!

    • endoplasmic_ridiculum says:

      i agree with Jayna. Total back-peddling. Everyone changes their minds at some point.. Just have the honesty to say “we changed our goddamn minds and we want to get married” already.

      Seriously, My only issue is the whole “the kids made us do it”. Just say you changed your minds. Most of us would understand…. the way the US is going it might be a hell of a long time before all gays have the right to wed.

      So just suck it up and say “we miscalculated”. Goddamn it. Stop thrusting your kids everywhere.

      • spinner says:

        I agree. Love your kids…don’t use them.

      • stephanie says:

        i actually also agree with Jayna’s assessment. They just back pedaled on their original “we’re not getting married until EVERYONE can.”

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        I totally believe the kids have been pushing for a wedding. The Jolie-Pitt kids are HUGE Disney DVD fans, which means that a ‘happily ever after’ and the ‘Big White Wedding’ are a steady diet for them.

        Oh, and I SO believe that Zahara was behind ‘the leg’ pose at the Oscars. I can just see her now “Mom, you have to stand just like this and then stick you leg out in a model pose.” I mainly think this because of that little laugh Angie gave before she did the pose. I’ll bet anything it was for Empress ‘Z.’

        To all of you saying that kids wouldn’t be interested in a wedding … Hello? Did you ‘not’ get a Bride doll (dressed in a formal wedding dress) for Christmass between the ages of 5 and 9???

      • Fishlips says:

        LMAO Kazoo =]

      • sup says:

        how do you know if it isn’t true? sting had fathered 4 kids before he married trudie. they finally got hitched because their kid was upset about them not being official. so after 10 years they finally officialized it. it is possible.

    • The Original Denise says:

      ITA with you here. They are getting married, good for them. But stop with the stupid fabricated stories. I am also surprised that marriage and family values is considered in this post as only a conservative meme. No one has to get married; if you like your free wheeling lifestyle, more power to you. This is the USA where fortunately we can still do as we please.

    • hala says:

      Get over youself. This is just gossip and not a bad one.

    • Ice-Bat says:

      Nah, as long as I get some nice pictures of Angelina (*drool*), I don´t mind any story. Most of them are BS anyway.

  2. LadyJane says:

    Seeing her in that yellow dress, I’d say she has had a boob job since then. She is thinner now but her boobs are much bigger. I don’t think that happens in nature, especially after breast feeding twins.

    • Naye in VA says:

      I doubt it. i dont see boob job as her thing. if brad pitt wanted me id stay just the way i was when we started. that being said i went up a cup size after breastfeeding and never came back down even after losing the weight (well THEY came down but the cup didnt lol)

      • Me says:

        I agree. Before my first baby I was a 34C and after 1.5 years of breastfeeding I was a 34DD. I got to keep them too! Woohoo!

      • lower-case deb says:

        if their red carpet PDAs anything to go by, i guess pitt is more a backside person than a chest person.
        although i guess it’ll be quite odd to chestgrope a woman on a red carpet :)

    • truthSF says:

      @LadyJane, have you ever heard of padded bras, it’s an invention that was created to make those of us who once had, or never had, to look like we have big boobies. :)

    • Janet says:

      Her boobs were on very prominent display in “Original Sin”. She’s thin as a rail but she’s got some serious boobage up front.

    • Ice-Bat says:

      The yellow dress itself looks a little padded.

  3. Sue says:

    I can honestly say I have never been so sick of two people before…. Don’t read these posts just feel led to moan and groan in the comments…..

    Guess I will never get the attraction…
    Feel free to attack…..

  4. Kristin says:

    Brad Pitt was so much handsomer when he didn’t like a scruffy homeless dude. I wish he’d let go of the Tristan Ludlow look.

  5. Liv says:

    She’s much more beautiful when she’s pregnant! She should gain weight, it suits her better. Like when she did Tomb Raider – she looked gorgeous there!

    • Janet says:

      She is radiant when she’s pregnant but did you notice, even then her arms were still thin.

      • Liv says:

        Yeah, I did! But at least her face is fuller and her arms and legs are not that thin – honestly, they are looking horrible at the moment. No offense, but I find her much more attractive when she’s a bit fuller (what a joke, you know, she’s always pretty skinny).

    • mln76 says:

      I agree she looked radiant while pregnant and right after she had the twins she was a perfect weight alas I don’t think its her natural frame as mentioned even when pregnant she had long thin arms.

    • Molly says:

      She’s getting older, which thins skin anyway, plus with six kids I’m sure she often feels like she’s too stressed to eat. She probably has anxiety and some depression still over losing her mother. It’s a major life change for women.

      During my final exams in college, I could hardly eat. I pretty much just lived on grapefruit juice. I lost 10 lbs when I changed jobs and was getting stressed at work.

      Some people eat when stressed, other people feel sick to their stomachs and can’t imagine anything but that food would make them feel sicker.

  6. Dibba says:

    Still playing hard to get

  7. lucy2 says:

    I really doubt any of the engagement stories out there are true. But I don’t doubt that we’ll hear all about it from one of them sooner or later.

    I did love that yellow dress, one of the best she’s ever worn.

  8. evie says:

    They’re going to Cannes this year!

  9. marie says:

    I had forgotten how pretty she was in that yellow dress, good color for her.

  10. JustJen says:

    They got engaged because it fit into their PR plan. Period. Jolie-Pitt is a brand.

  11. Rita says:

    I hope they will blame Madox for their divorce as well.

  12. Franny says:

    As strange/shady as their relationship started, I really feel that their’s is a great love. As much as the lame tabloids just to sell the story of how awful she is to him, I really believe that they have a great, strong relationship.

    shit…just realized that all this rambling really shows that I am too a Loonie. Well, at least I’m a clear headed one…

    • Janet says:

      Loonies have more fun anyway. :-)

    • wasa says:

      There is no such thing as a sane loonie. You must, must, MUST hate Jennifer and everything about her. So says the rule! ;)

      • Emma says:

        No such thing as a confident secure Jen Hen…you MUST throw yourself a pity party and take off your clothes at every opportunity since you LOVE LOVE Jen and can’t see how this wonderful woman got dumped for that vile Jolie.

      • wasa says:

        haha, and you also must scream into the ocean when the pity party is over

  13. T.C. says:

    Empress Zahara certainly side-eyed the ring. She is putting herself in charge of the ceremony I bet. LOL.

  14. kazoo says:

    “they basically say that Maddox is a little family-values conservative who guilt-tripped his parents into getting married because “mommies and daddies should be married.” OMG. Santorum-speak!!!!”

    LMFAO. i cannot stop chortling over this. LOLOLOL.

    • kiyoshigirl says:

      I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibilities that their kids want to see them married. Is it really such a horrible thing? Just because Santorum’s campaign used the “family union” as a topic for his campaign doesn’t mean he, or those who think like him, own the concept. Believe it or not even ultra progressive people like to get married. The Jolie/Pitts live in America (most of the time) so they are free to be a couple and family however they want to be. Why all the judgement?

  15. irishserra says:

    I know I commented something similar on a previous Brangelina post, but I was trying to figure out how on earth children who are raised by Brad and Angelina and who travel in the social circles they do, would end up being so concerned about their parents being married?

    But after reading this post, I think I can understand. Brad still seems like a traditional guy deep down and the influence over the children regarding marriage must be his. Additionally, they do spend a good amount of time with Brad’s parents, do they not? That could account for it as well.

    I’m not standing in judgment at all, I’m happily married myself, I was just curious for a while why the children would be so concerned about it. But I think I get it now. Interesting.

    • Janet says:

      Very good point. It’s hard to escape your upbringing. Bill and Jane Pitt seem to be basically “old school” people who have been happily married for 50 years. Their younger children both married fairly young and have families of their own (one has three and the other has five, including two adopted from Ethiopia). So I think Brad was brought up with old-fashioned notions of marriage and family and wanted that for himself and his own family.

      Interesting that he proposed to Angie six years ago and she said no. Imagine if she’d said yes at that time. The Jenhens might have committed mass hari-kari.

    • Emma - the JP lover says:

      The Jolie-Pitt kids love D-I-S-N-E-Y films: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, and Tangled. These kids know about love and weddings.

  16. Wow says:

    Why are they hiding behind their kids again?

    No one is buying their PR stories about their kids.
    They are 2 adults and that is what they chose, so they should stand behind their choices just like everybody else.

    This is really making them look bad.

    • endoplasmic_ridiculum says:

      I totally agree. I think we all know the grown ups made this decision.

    • Red Granny says:

      Re: “Why are they hiding behind their kids again?”

      Beacause they have six of them, so they can pile them up and hide behind them. Practical.

  17. waq says:

    If there is a ring of truth to this story, it does not bode well for the future, just my opinion.

  18. Kim says:

    I think its great they are taking his concerns seriously. With Maddox coming from a foster home and not having 1 or 2 parents raise him I fell Brangelina being married is very important to making him feel safe & stable.

  19. Janet says:

    I don’t think Maddox has any memory of any other home but Angie’s. He was only three months old when she adopted him.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      I thought she adopted him in March? That would have made him seven months old, not three or four.

      And I seriously doubt they would only get married because their ten year old son guilted them into it. They wouldn’t be engaged if they didn’t really want to be. I’m sure they probably took the kids wishes into consideration, but letting your kids decide FOR you is just silly!

  20. cake says:

    I actually forget how attractive Brad Pitt really is until I see an old picture of him. The scruffy homeless look truly does him no favors.

    • kristiner says:

      Exactly. The man had the face of a Ken doll naturally. Women pay to look like Barbie.

      He looks like he hasn’t washed his face with soap and water in years sometimes.

    • Linda says:

      Perhaps he has been there done that. He’s no longer care about looking like Ken doll. He did said he’ll take wisdom anytime over age. If he really cares about how he looks, he wouldn’t have done the W cover without photoshop. The man is 48 for crying out loud. Do you really expect him to look hot 24/7? If he still try to dresses like a 30 year old Brad, you’ll probably say he is trying too hard to stay young. Daniel Craig & Hugh Jackman are younger than him but they both look older if not the same age as him.

      • cake says:

        I’m just saying that the man has been blessed with natural, spectacularly good looks. The beard and long hair cover his good looks to the point that I forget he ever looked good. It’s always a jolt to see him in an older picture or movies because I forget that he is attractive at all.

        I have every respect for a man or woman who (a) ages naturally in Hollywood (or anywhere else really) and (b) doesn’t try to hide it. But I do think there’s a middle ground between “looking like a 48 year old” and “looking like he hasn’t groomed in a month”.

    • Red Granny says:

      Just like Johnny Depp Brad loves to look like a hobo.

  21. hala says:

    Why all the anger? weren’t that kind of things that had been reported when other “big” stars got married or engaged???????????
    I think some people are just jealous to hear good stories (even if they are gossip about Brad and Angie) I personally like to read about how women get proposed and their reaction.If they have kids (in some cases it happenss) how the kids part in it etc.
    I don’t understand some people, if you don’t want you can avoid not to read about it you can skip it, you can stay away from it . Read about what you want to read. To me this look like nothing but a pure jealousy and anger to hear B&A in any romantic way.

  22. Linda says:

    Angie always has big boobs. I don’t think she got them done. Look at her now. Her boobs are small now. I guess from breast fed the twins. The most noticeable was when she wore that T shirts in TR.

    • Snowflake says:

      Those boobs were padded for the Tomb Raider movie. seriously.

      • Trek Girl says:

        She did have padding in “Tomb Raider”, but in “Gia”, “Original Sin”, and “Taking Lives” she was topless, and it was pretty clear that her breasts are naturally large.

  23. lisa says:

    People whine all the time about celebs that divorce.. and the first thing they say is Why couldn’t they work it out for the children. Why didn’t they stay for the children.

    but if Brad and Angie decided to get married for their children or with their children in mind that becomes a problem or some weird motive. Then if children are not aware of marriage then why all the talk when others divorce. If marriage is not understood.

    They are getting married for the reasons they have. Why people care about ONLY THEIR marriage is beyond me, especially if you are not a fan.

    • Freya says:

      Isn’t it strange that people who don’t like them seem to care so much about everything the Jolie Pitts say and do?

      I have always believed that Brad proposed years ago, before or after Shiloh was born, and Angelina refused. I can certainly believe that the children have something to do with her agreeing to marry him now.

      • lira says:

        I agree with you! he got engaged several times and when he married, he tried to make it work and went to therapy for years to try to improve his marriage. That did not work out and after that, he found a woman who he convinced to change her mind about having biological children… I do believe they have considered marriage before, but now after their family has settled out a bit and the children can enjoy and be a part of it is that they are reconsiderng it.
        Love the engagement phase they have, I bet all the children chime in and feel “engaged” too!

      • Red Granny says:

        Or: He just got high all the time while Jen was whining and/or posing for the yellow press.

  24. Fair and Balance says:

    The sources / insiders spin off from the real story and the gullible people still take it as gospel truth. Jolie has always said long ago that she will consider marriage if the kids ask for it. She is always consistent. Only Brad utters nonsense about gay marriage. And yet Jolie cops all the flak. It beggars belief that a relentless attack on the woman continuously for 7 years

  25. Snowflake says:

    people are allowed to change their mind about getting married. it happens ALL the time to divorcees who swear they will never get married again, only to meet a guy and get married again. they are not betraying gays, only doing what their heart(s) feels is right for them at this point in time.

  26. lower-case deb says:

    she looks really good in bright colors, that’s for sure.

  27. Cynic says:

    Why is everyone struggling to get this!? We were ALL children at a certain point, some still are, like myself.

    Another thing is this will END in a disaster most likely. Most marriages and relationships do not last, so why finalize it? It’s bad for the bank and mind when it ends. They are still young, it’s a long haul before they both die of natural causes. Brad is what 50? Lets say he makes it to 90, well can he really survive 40 more years of jet-lag with her?

    Look, Angie lovers, Brad is still Brad and older or not, women will wanna bang him. He will eventually trade up, and you have to accept that. Angie isn’t getting any hotter. The tomb raider days are long over. He will leave her in 10 years and replace her with someone younger. He did it to Jen, he’ll do it to her.

    • Freya says:

      Why don’t you say that to ALL the couples engaged to be married and those getting married now. Why bother, in a few years you’ll be replaced!

      We’re living in the NOW. We don’t know the future. People marry, and when the marriage runs its course, they divorce.
      It happens a lot. Some manage to make it. Who knows the future!

      I’m blase with divorce. My brother left his two previous wives, and is now in his third marriage. Both my mother and mother-in-law married three times.
      One of my cousins is now in her third marriage too. Divorce is part of life!

    • Realist says:

      Someone’s live must be so sad without hope and believe in others in it. Why don’t you get a dog? It’s not a life time commitment and they don’t cheat.

  28. sup says:

    i’m just trying to picture the look on ian halperin’s face these days… roflol

    • Freya says:

      He gave them a few month in 2010 (?) He also said he’d sleep naked in Times Square if anyone found mistakes in his book. Yes, I’d like to see the look on his face too.

  29. Red Granny says:

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  30. Sugar says:

    I never have considered myself anything more than a fan of both brad & angie (not a stan or a loon) but if I say she looks like a godess in that yellow dress will I get
    slammed?
    also on her boobs (oh brother) I remember a tabloid mag a long while back showing a teen aged Angie with those “never seen before” photos of her modeling a swimsuit she was skinny & stacked. I gotta go with real.