Spencer Pratt: Brangelina set up their 2005 Kenya photoshoot with Us Weekly

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This is sixteen-year-old gossip, but sure. It’s relevant today, I suppose. Back in early 2005, people were convinced that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s marriage was ending because Brad had an affair with Angelina Jolie when they filmed Mr. and Mrs. Smith. For what it’s worth, I do believe they had an affair! I also believe that the Pitt-Aniston marriage was mostly in the toilet by then anyway, but we don’t need to relitigate all of that stuff, do we? Anyway, for several months, the “Brangelina affair” story was just gossip and supposition. And then Us Weekly published this cover (the header of this post), with a full editorial of photos of Angelina, Brad and little Maddox on the beach of a private luxury resort in Kenya. The photographer made hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of these photos. But what was a paparazzo doing in Kenya at that exact moment? Exactly. Spencer Pratt heard that Brad and Angelina set up the photoshoot:

Former reality star and devoted student of the showbiz hustle Spencer Pratt says that nobody in Hollywood is too famous to do set-up shots with the paparazzi — even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. In fact, Pratt, 37, says that the former couple worked with the paps to capture some of the most famous shots of them. When speculation was rife in 2005 that Pitt was cheating on then-wife Jennifer Aniston with his “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” co-star Jolie, Us Weekly published a cover story promising “12 pages of pics that prove the romance is real.”

“I knew that Angelina and Brad Pitt set up their first set in the desert,” Pratt told the “Hollywood Raw with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn” podcast, “[Us Weekly editor and Pratt’s mentor Peter Grossman] was in on the setup with the pap. He was there for the magazine.”

Pratt — whose cheesy set-ups with wife Heidi Montag were legendary during their time on “The Hills” — said that once he knew that even stars as big as Pitt and Jolie tipped off the paps, he took it as a “green light” to call the photo agencies himself.

“My two favorite fame hustlers are setting up their — pretty much cheating — confirmation … staged photos,” he said.

[From Page Six]

I’ve heard for years that Brad and/or Angie set up those Kenya photos, but Spencer is actually adding a new wrinkle, which is that it was always designed as an Us Weekly exclusive, and Us Weekly’s editor was in on it? I always thought it was more like Angelina or Brad calling up a paparazzo whom they had some kind of arrangement with, and simply telling the pap the time and location. Then the pap would presumably sell to the highest bidder and keep the profit. I also remember that Angelina got the blame for it, and people said she was the one to arrange everything and maybe Brad didn’t know. I think they were probably both in on it though. They wanted to stage-manage their couple-debut and this was how they did it.

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  1. Jan says:

    Gee golly gee, Spencer Pratt.

  2. Darla says:

    Why would he want to confirm there was an affair though? I think that’s so weird, but I don’t know. Of course they had an affair, only the real loons continue to claim they didn’t. I love when they say “it’s been proved they didn’t” LOL. Boy they were hot back then tho.

    • Becks1 says:

      I honestly didn’t realize until recently that some people insist they didn’t have an affair. I feel like even angelina has come as close to confirming it as you possibly can (when she gave an interview talking about their chemistry on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith.)

      • Darla says:

        I had someone tell me that here, it was really funny. Someone also said that “even Jen” “confessed” there was no affair. But actually what Jen said was, Brad denied it and I chose to believe my husband. I think every woman knows what that means. lol.

        I’m not judging, I have no willpower if I was filming with all these gorgeous men, I am sure I would be very weak. Though so many of them are total aholes so that would help.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      I think it’s a fine line situation. That yes they technically had an affair, but the marriage was over for Brad and Aniston wasn’t accepting it. I think some (awful) men make a show of affection with other women to finally cut ties.

      When people hear “affair” they think salvageable marriage was ruined by it. This was not the case. And years later we know Brad is exactly that awful type of man.

      So, this was an affair the same way a man telling his wife it’s over, sleeping with someone else, but hasn’t technically filed the paperwork for divorce.

      • Darla says:

        I would never presume to believe any of this, sorry. I’ve no idea what was happening in that marriage nor does anyone here. But I’ll tell you, claiming the marriage was over but Jen “wasn’t accepting it’ is a great way to blame the wife for the affair. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what you’re doing here. This is an agenda narrative you spun, and you want someone off the hook and someone on the hook.

      • Becks1 says:

        Most family law courts consider an affair to be a symptom, not a problem. So people may think that its a matter of a happy marriage ruined by an affair, but that’s not usually the truth. So of course their marriage was already in trouble.

        but blaming Jen for Brad sleeping with someone else is an interesting take.

      • Darla says:

        Oh definitely Becks, I would agree with that for sure. In normal life for certain. In Hollywood I do wonder. It’s so easy (financially) to get a divorce, and you are thrown in intimate situations with stunningly gorgeous and sexy human beings, maybe this applies less so. I really don’t know. And I’m never gonna have the problem! lol

      • Starkille says:

        Many men do not even bother to tell the woman they are having an affair with that they are married. They may outright lie about it if/when asked and have an elaborate setup to facilitate such lies.

    • AnneSurely says:

      So that when it inevitably went bad, Angelina would get the blame as a homewrecker. This was back in the days when she was just starting to shift her image from Wild Cool Girl to Earth Mother Humanitarian. I doubt Brad thought they would last as long as they did and he would need to make a quick escape. I think that the household suddenly turning into a clown car of children so quickly hampered his escape and then he started benefiting from their Global Family narrative.

  3. Laalaa says:

    Damn, I don’t support adultery, but it’s so obvious from the premiere (?) photos they were so hot for each other.
    Too bad that we know how it ended.
    Also, Ben on that cover as well, wooooow

  4. Becks1 says:

    Who got the pictures of Shiloh when she was born? That was People, right? I can’t remember 2005 gossip mags lol. Was Us Weekly considered more reputable then? The pap shots themselves were definitely set up, but I feel like at the time it was something big-time celebs did more regularly than now. Now it seems like only people like Kardashians and some super thirsty celebs (Cough Bennifer cough) set up those kinds of pap shots, but I feel like in 2005 it was a lot more common. So whether it was a deal with Us Weekly or just the pap sold the pics to the highest bidder – I feel like that was kind of a thing at the time, right?

    And I think it was definitely a mutual agreement between the two of them, regardless of who picked up the phone and made the call.

    • Kebbie says:

      Us Weekly has always been less reputable than People but it was much more reputable in 2005 than it is now. It was like the second most reliable tabloid in the US and it would print actual gossip that People wouldn’t print without approval from stars. The point of it being Us Weekly was deniability. A People magazine exclusive has always been akin to a publicist’s statement. By making the deal with Us Weekly, they could claim they were just caught by paparazzi.

      The Shiloh pictures were sold to People and I think Hello for international publication.

      • Lena says:

        Exactly Kebbie. This was during US Weekly’s heyday. They always had the best pictures & the best gossip. I think I kept that exact copy for years. And you are right that US Weekly specialized in candid shots and people magazine was where stars (including brangelina) went to do magazine spreads and attributed interviews. But I think everyone knew this was a set up (I mean, Kenya?) . I also think their red carpet PDA was staged as well. Like because of the unpopular way they got together they always had to make sure everyone knew they were in love! And so happy! But I’ve always been cynical about those two.

  5. Darla says:

    I’m dying that Affleck is on this cover too. Oh Ben.

    • Golly Gee says:

      Me too! Perfect timing and just getting ready to marry Jennifer 2.0.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        Wouldn’t that technically be Jennifer 3.0? Jennifer Lopez was 1.0 and Jennifer Garner was 2.0, now he’s back with JLo again. Or would that be considered Jennifer 1.5 lol? ;-)

    • Esmom says:

      That cover is so classic. Simpler times, lol. The “Jen reacts” photo is funny, too, how long did they have to search for a shot that matched their narrative?

  6. Nina says:

    Who else is looking at that cover and noticing Ben with Jen Garner? Or is it just me :D

  7. Jayna says:

    I always knew it was set up photos. Come on. It was so obvious. The same with a pap just happening to get a photo of George and Amal and their dog’s walk in the country as they settled in there for the final stretch of her pregnancy. Set up.

    • Lex says:

      For some reason, there are still a ton of people who don’t believe that celebrities set up most of their pictures. Especially huge events that happen to be “caught”. Like, these people are are selling themselves as a business, it’s not anything new or shocking.

  8. Myra says:

    I forgot that this guy and his wife existed. Isn’t that what he does though? Whenever he wants to get in the news, he just mentions the Jolie-Pitts. It’s not far-fetched to think that his obsession has veered into delusion. We’ve seen how fans of the Cambridges fabricate facts from thin air.

    It’s also not unheard of for members of their team to leak their locations. They get paid just like cops get paid by TMZ. The Jolie-Pitts actually fired one of their security team (and nanny) for this same reason during a holiday in another secluded location in Africa.

  9. Anonymous says:

    @Darla: I think they wanted to confirm their relationship. They were going public soon. It was strategic to see BP with Maddox. Less sleazy, more family vibe.

    • Darla says:

      Oh yeah the family vibe thing really makes sense, you’re right.

    • lucy2 says:

      Pitt played into that family thing HARD, to deflect criticism for him ditching his wife. A lot of people bought into it, he rebranded himself “Brad Pitt, father of six” and sold it for a long time before it all fell apart.

      • Becks1 says:

        And he spun it into a narrative about Jen that still persists to this day – that she didn’t want to have children so he really had no choice but to leave her for Angie and her kids and to have more kids with her etc.

        (I know JA still does not have any children, but its possible that at the time of the divorce she did really want them so it hurt to have it spun that she didnt.)

      • Darla says:

        Yeah, I always related to her because there was only one man I wanted kids with, my ex husband and we tried. And things went wrong. I knew after that I wouldn’t have them with anyone else, and I came to terms with that, but for a while it was very painful. So when people say the awful things they say, like that fugly women relate to Jen because blah blah blah, I really shake my head. Those people have no depth and have no idea about life, IMO. And they also don’t know that life isn’t black or white, and sometimes you change your mind about having a family, especially when your circumstances change.

        But to be clear, I do admire AJ, and I do fangirl her a bit. It’s Pitt I think is shit!

      • Jayna says:

        Not just Brad, also Angelina, who for years and years raved about him as a partner and as a parent, on and on. Either for half of their relationship he was those things, or both of them were great liars all for their golden couple image. It’s hard to say which it was at this point.

      • terra says:

        Both Angelina and Jennifer were cast in roles in the media and therefore the public’s collective mind which have endured to this day, starting with Jennifer as the cast aside wife, the one who, unfortunately he HAD to leave because she didn’t want kids.

        Yes, it was bad that he left his wife for another woman, but Jennifer led him on about children, so what was he supposed to do? He truly had no recourse, the poor innocent lamb.

        While that was going on we had a simultaneous, yet somewhat conflicting, narrative happening in which Angelina was an inveterate man eater around whom no woman’s husband was safe.

        Pitt was clearly entrapped by this vile seductress who had no qualms whatsoever about using her adorable son to further her evil agenda. Pitt, the dear, was tricked into falling for her nefarious charms, with no agency of his own at all.

        No matter which way someone leaned when taking in the story there was a built-in easy out for Pitt. Something, it’s worth noting, that has not changed a bit over a decade later.

    • detritus says:

      yup. It also played into the narrative that Brad wanted a family. it allowed the media to paint Aniston as a frigid barren woman. One who didn’t have maternal love, and was therefore both less mature and less worthy.

  10. Sierra says:

    I always thought Brad was the one who set this up because he likes to play these media games.

    Angelina always got the blame but to me, Brad was/is the main culprit.

    Correct me if I am wrong but these pictures were taken after Brad & Jen officially announced their separation.

    • Kristen says:

      I think it’s the other way around. Angelina gets papped way more often, and is pretty frequently taking her kids to places paparazzi are known to hang out.

    • Kebbie says:

      I did some googling, it went
      January 2005: Brad and Jen announce separation
      March: Jennifer files for divorce
      April: Kenya photos
      July: Zahara adopted
      October: divorce finalized
      January 2006: pregnancy announced

  11. Chaine says:

    I’m more excited about Ben and the $500,000 ring. Why did he spend so much less for the ring with Garner? Was he just broke after shelling out on the pink diamond for JLo?

    • Imara219 says:

      For real! I was wondering the same thing. Likenhe was already selling it short with that relationship.

      • Lena says:

        She got a big honking ring from him don’t be insulting Imara. She put it in a vault because she’s not the type to wear it daily (so different than JLo!) so he bought her an ‘everyday’ eternity ring for her to wear. She debuted the honker at the academy awards January 2006, you can google. I know my early aughts gossip very well thank you. Much more than today’s anyway.

  12. Snuffles says:

    I’ve been saying for some time now that tipping the paps off is common. Most celebrities can live in complete anonymity in LA if they want to because they DON’T tip off the paps. Plus the town is crawling with celebrities. After a while you get used to it. When I lived in LA, I saw celebrities all the time going about their business and 90% of the time they weren’t bothered.

    But back to Brangelina, not surprised at all. They wanted to control the narrative and used her kids to soften the blow.

  13. Vanilla Brown says:

    I do miss Brangelina. I know folks love Beniger but Brangie was my thing. The affair must’ve been hot af bc the way they looked at each other was fire and smoke. Electric and you felt it.

    Kinda like how when Harry and Meghan looks at each other and you feel warmth.

    Brangie made the room heat up. You loosened your collar bc the temperature rose and you look around and those two were looking at each other.

    • Darla says:

      Yeah ,but look how it all ended. I am of the mind that nothing is forever, but to end the way they did. Yikes.

    • Lili says:

      Me too :( I miss the red carpets, they were so hot together…

    • Kebbie says:

      I agree but they definitely lost that towards the end. I remember there was some story about how they rented a hotel room for their anniversary (and it was heavily implied to be some hot thing) and I literally rolled my eyes because I just didn’t buy it anymore. She looked pale and ill all the time and he was rarely around her or the kids at that point. They’d been in trouble for awhile. The Kung fu panda 3 premiere pictures were just sad, she’d completely lost her glow.

  14. Anonymous says:

    BP was a total a$$ towards JA. There was no reason to publicly humiliate her the way he did. Going on TV, crying about wanting a family. Staged photos. Going on and on about fatherhood. To see him now……

    • Darla says:

      And the early narrative he set was adopted by many blogs of the day, and internet commenters are still repeating the narrative Pitt set. If you went back and read the blogs contemporaneously you will want to bleach your eyes. My god the misogyny JA excited in other women.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Darla and for some reason, even though people have a better idea of what an ass BP was/is, Jen Aniston still gets the blame.

      • tina says:

        I think he wanted to make sure that the public would side with him when they divorce, unfortunately he threw Jen under the bus when he didn’t have to… am not even a publicist and i can think of some other smart ways he could have debuted his relationship with Angelina without publicly embarrassing Jen…

      • TigerMcQueen says:

        Yes, this! I was appalled at the way JA was blamed for the whole thing at the time. I thought it was obvious BP was being hugely manipulative about wanting a family and claiming she didn’t (something she denied IIRC, but the narrative was set).

        And not only was it obvious BP and AJ had an affair, everything public about much of their relationship was staged (by both of them, not giving either one a pass). That’s one of the reasons I never got into BP and AJ as actors. I couldn’t look at them playing parts in movies and not think about how they were playing parts for the paps too.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ TigerMcQueen, I agree! BP and AJ were knowingly papped, either together or in agreement. This wasn’t an exception, they both knew that they were being papped. They wanted control of the narrative and having JA take the blame for both of them was perfectly fine by both. We must remember that AJ didn’t mind flaunting herself 15 years ago. Now, they are both willing to control the narrative again. It’s not to say that one is worse than the other, which BP is, but AJ is also using the paparazzi to control her narrative as well. We hear both sides talking, though AJ is willing to put her name to it, as opposed to BP. I know that many of you will not agree with me, but I accept that and I am willing to hear both sides. That is why I very rarely, if ever, make comments about their ongoing and current situation.

        I have no sympathy for a couple that gave into their lust while one was married. It speaks volumes of their individual character, not just one.

      • Becks1 says:

        @BothSides – I agree that both use the paparazzi and press to their own advantage, even now. In that regard, neither one is “innocent.” That doesn’t absolve Brad of his actions during the marriage or anything – just that both absolutely are playing the game, so to speak.

  15. Dahlia1947 says:

    I think everybody knew that those pictures were staged.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Right? It’s common sense. LOL at Spencer trying to pretend he has something of value to say.

    • ElleV says:

      exactly! this is no big shock or scandal? with hindsight being 20/20, it’s interesting how much this seems like a Brad move now, when back in the day people were so quick to attribute the setup to Jolie – like, was he trying to recapture this magic with his failed rollout of the German instamodel-escort or what? obviously, jolie sets up pap strolls too, but we’ve not seen anything this stage-managed since their divorce

  16. TIFFANY says:

    I thought these photos were a tit for tat because Angie was in the process of adopting Zahara and US Weekly figured it out and Angie couldn’t have that public yet.

    She spoke about Pitt being with her at one of the interviews and the case worker thought they were adopting Zahara together and were already married.

    • ElleV says:

      oooh this is an interesting angle

    • kero says:

      agree re this. a few celebs are on the record as saying things like this: they bargain to be left alone for the rest of their time with their family somewhere in exchange for letting them know when they’d be running on a beach or doing something else photo-worthy; or indeed a publication gets something they dont wish out there yet and they negotiate for other things to be published instead.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think either Jon Bon Jovi or Richie Sambora was very open about that – that they never fight the paps on pictures of them by themselves but the paps leave the children alone, and it worked for ages, to the point where I don’t even know what their kids names are.

        (I know for younger people the reaction is probably “who cares” lol but those were big names in the day and Richie sambora was married to Heather Locklear, again another huge name in the 90s, so it was pretty impressive that the kids were left alone.)

  17. Shari says:

    Unpopular opinion. Nt sure why people are trying so hard to rewrite history. Angelina has always set up pap pics. Just because someone is a favorite doesn’t mean you have to whitewash what is a fact. Pitt has not been known to do that not saying he hasn’t, but Angelina has been doing this to control the narrative and her image. No different than celebs that use IG and twitter now. Anyone living in LA knows that yes paps find you, but they don’t find you all the time shopping, grocery shopping. Jolie/Pitt/kids lived in LA for years and they were hardly ever seen. People would comment about it. Angelina had 2 surgeries and not one picture of her going and coming from a Dr. appt. You can be unseen when you want. You can have privacy when you want. She set up the pics for all the adoptions. She set up the pis for when we saw the kids for the first time. No big deal. But really why try to act as if she is some victim and not in control of what she wants seen.

    • ElleV says:

      like i said above – obv Angelina sets up pap strolls but they’re usually of the boring shopping and dining variety – IMO this is more brad’s style and she went along

      compare this to the german instamodel rollout, or the shots of him and jen on the beach during their final hail mary vacation – he loves a melodrama!

      • Pinellas Pixie says:

        Yes he does love melodrama and goes out of his way to create it when he doesn’t need to. He’s a ridiculous human being.

    • Kebbie says:

      I do believe she’s always set up pap strolls but I think it’s very possible she does it in exchange for privacy for her kids and herself on her terms.

      For example, I think she may give up a visit to Gelson’s with a couple of kids in exchange for them leaving the teenagers alone when they go out with friends. And even still her kids are sometimes photographed by themselves without her (which should be illegal IMO) but it’s rare, so I think she strikes deals for privacy.

      • kero says:

        this makes a lot of sense and is in line with what some others have said they have to or choose to do.

      • sassafras says:

        This is exactly what Jen Garner and Gwen Stefani do, too. “Pap strolls from church/ school pickup/ grocery run.” Innocent, wholesome, they make the paps some money/ it feeds their mom image/ the public gets a sanctioned view of the kids. I can’t blame them for doing it.

  18. Truthiness says:

    Why is Spencer Pratt bringing this up? Is this the only way he can get covered by the press? Sheesh.

  19. Erica says:

    This is so random of Spencer to bring up LOL Of course they were staged photos! Anyone with a brain knows that. And I believe both Brad AND Angelina were in agreement on doing it. Lots of celebrities court the paparazzi even though they’ll deny it.

  20. Lisbeth says:

    Quelle surprise! I always felt her pose was a bit forced, like she was making sure her tattoos and her perfect profile would appear in this picture. I love drama when I don’t care about any of the people involved!

  21. lunchcoma says:

    I mean, I’m sure those pictures were staged, but I have no idea why anyone is asking Spencer Pratt about it.

    • Pinellas Pixie says:

      I can’t imagine why anyone is asking Spencer Pratt anything. He and his wife were off our radar, doing who cares what and now they’re back. I wish they would stop.

  22. Kaykay says:

    If I had an affair with my co-star, I would not look as in love as they do. To me, those looks are innocent. If I had an affair I would play freakkin ice queen and not even look at my co-star. I would act more like Marion and Brad did during their red carpet moments, just saying :D

    • ElleV says:

      You’re absolutely right that Brangelina’s early chemistry was way too hot for them to be actually hooking up – people wear their emotions way more openly when they’ve convinced themselves it’s just a (very sexually charged) friendship

      Probably their affair was largely emotional until Brad broke things off with Jen – if I remember correctly, she tried to save the marriage by telling him to have a one-off fling with Angelina?

      And I can TOTALLY believe Brad later cheated with Marion because their pr responses to that rumour were SO weird

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I have to disagree. MC came out strong to stop and denounce that rumor. Also, take into account that she was or was in the stages of trying to have a baby or they made the decision to have one at the time. In France, and in Europe, they take lies/false claims seriously, no matter now big or small. They protect and cherish their private lives and have the laws to back them up. That is the reason why Kristin Scott Thomas lives in Paris full time. She loves the laws that are very pro-celebrity and very unfavorable towards paparazzi and fictitious articles. They don’t mess around with libel or photos of their children.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @BothSidesNow, yes, Marion & Canet did not eff around with that rumor.

        https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/09/marion-cotillard-brad-pitt-affair-angelina-jolie

  23. AmelieOriginal says:

    Just a big fat duh to both things: duh, they had an affair, and duh, those pictures were staged. It sucks they exploited Maddox that way. I don’t care about celebrities and how they call paps but kids are involved, it’s exploitative even if you are “trying to control the narrative.” Maybe Maddox doesn’t care, he was so young but I would be really annoyed to have all these childhood photos of me for the whole world to see on the Internet. Thank God my parents aren’t celebrities.

    And I do wonder if the affair was only emotional during Mr. and Mrs. Pitt. But even if it wasn’t physical, they still had an affair on the set of that movie.

    • ElleV says:

      Yes – probably it was an emotional affair but an affair all the same and it’s funny people assume affairs are necessarily physical

  24. Case says:

    If paparazzi photos are taken anywhere other than major celebrity hotspots, they’re staged. There aren’t random photographers hanging out all over the world just waiting for Brad Pitt or Taylor Swift or Jennifer Lawrence to walk by.

    • Lena says:

      Well I know The paps know where they all live and sit outside their houses (or in the case of multiple celebs in a neighborhood the outside gates) and wait until they come out and then follow them. There was a bunch of articles interviewing them around the time of Covid because there weren’t any movies or premieres and they were hurting even worse than when Instagram came along. Poor guys!

  25. MarcelMarcel says:

    Spencer Pratt also confirmed that water is wet and the sun rises in the morning.

    I do love how he’s comparing himself to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Like no, I can’t recall one film you’ve acted in. I enjoy making art and mysticism that doesn’t make me Hilma Af Klint.

  26. Meg says:

    I remember that red carpet for mr and mrs smith they couldn’t even pose next to each other they knew theyd give away that they were dating. Wouldnt be able to deny their body language

  27. candy says:

    This was such a gossip-rich era and pre-instagram! Celebs had to stage stuff like this back then.

    To me, it doesn’t actually matter if they had an affair during the filming of the movie, point is they obviously fell in love with eachother and you could tell a mile away they had a very strong connection. But Brad was a douche to Jen and he’ll always be known for that in my book.

  28. You Know Me says:

    A) The story/divorce etc is so so SO long ago. Spencer, dude – really?
    B) Move on already

    • Kebbie says:

      Anything to get his name printed in articles with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. How else is he going to make that happen?

  29. Adorable says:

    I don’t believe Either Brad or Angelina Tipped off the Paparazzi.People forget that their phones(Angelina’s stunt woman’s phones were hacked around that time),so ofcourse The media got wind of it..Also I remember in 2005 during The Mr & Mrs smith Media tour,Anne curry confronted Angie & asked her about the Photos at the beach & Angie was visibly Annoyed at the whole thing.

  30. L says:

    Whatever.. old news! But boy did AJ and BP look hot together back in the day lol

  31. olliesmom says:

    Spencer who?

  32. Guildish says:

    Based on their subsequent actions of controlling their own narrative, photos, etc. I do believe Brad and Angie worked with US Weekly to have these pictures taken, to roll out their “coupledom”. The amount of money the paparazzi received (I believe it was $500k US) was the eye-opener for Brad. He was shocked at the amount and was likely pissed off at the missed income. They immediately began monetizing any family pictures themselves and donating the income to their Foundation.

    With respect to an affair during filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith, it’s more complicated. I believe Angie when she says she could not condone a physical affair based on how her father treated her own mother. But an emotional affair is more difficult to categorize. If the marriage is already in trouble, or even if one partner feels/knows they’re no longer vested in the marriage, then ideally, respectfully it would be best to resolve these issues with your married partner before becoming involved in an emotional affair with someone else. From all accounts heard during the filming, I do believe there was an emotional affair between Angie and Brad during filming.

    Either way, both women are well shot of this man. The only thing he had going for him was his looks and with all the hard drinking, etc. that’s all gone now. Bring on the Hemsworths!

  33. Anonymous says:

    @Guildish: You are right. They are both lucky to be rid of him.

    BP was an a$$ to JA. It was a precursor of how awful he could be to an ex. Unfortunately, AJ is now living through it.

  34. Cheryl says:

    Well regardless of what happened back then, they sure are getting their karmic retribution for it now, that’s all I can say. It’s sad that the kids have to go through it too

  35. #facts says:

    They knew they were being photographed. Brad telling Diane Sawyer in 2005 if he knew it would her that kind of money he would have set up the photos himself let me know he/they did. The paps/gossips everybody were wild, obsessed and crazy for Brangelina then. It made millions off them. But these three individuals made millions also. I do believe they fell in love and to this day and fight like the passion they will forever have. It’s weird and crazy.
    But to say Aniston is innocent in all this is a complete lie. She knows the game and has played the media and paps too. Of course just last year staged visits to her bday, Xmas party and whole planned faux award show reunion so GMAFB and stop with then poor Jen. Brad Pitt persuaded Angie to have a child to save his PR azz. She got the hear and blame through all of that BS even though she was in it with him. Not Aniston. The only thing she got was coddled and labeled a victim and martyr for divorced women who were cheated on. She faked a marriage to a friend to try to get away from that image. Soon as a Brange was over she let JT go what a freaking crop of shite.
    So all celebrities play games, call paps and stage photos and seemingly marriages. most of Pitt bad Anistons outings were staged for image! Just stop! She knew Pitt was in love with Jolie and was leaving her but lied and claimed she was shocked. C Cox said he told her.
    It’s all about PR and money but guess what the general public eats it up and watches.