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From Affair To Over! Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt's Complete Relationship History

The Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt relationship timeline came to an end when Angelina filed for divorce.
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May. 16 2019, Updated 8:05 p.m. ET

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were one of the sexiest, most glamorous and headline-grabbing couples in Hollywood history. From their scandalous beginnings — he was married to Jennifer Aniston when they first met — to their globetrotting romance and six children. This was a couple that was expected to last.

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Like so many other Hollywood stars who have married, Brad and Angie completely fell apart within a couple of years of getting hitched. Many rumors flew about their hookup behind Jennifer’s back on the set of their thrilling film. Years later, many more rumors would focus on why this couple would break it off. It was the split heard around the world.

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MORE: Angelina Jolie is still "fueled with anger" over divorce from Brad Pitt.

Their entire relationship history gets dissected from sensationalized beginnings to tragic endings in the following slideshow. After all, we are talking about six kids who now have parents leading separate lives … Brangelina may be over, but our fascination with the power couple shows no signs of fading.

When Did Brad and Angie First Meet?

The Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt relationship timeline started with the filming of their action hit, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
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Brad and Angelina first shared space in January of 2004 when director Doug Liman invited the superstars for initial talks about their film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. There was little time for rehearsals or read-throughs, and the first days of shooting the action comedy formed this couple while also giving birth to a successful film. Us Weekly reported that sparks flew between the pair in those early days.

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Was Their Attraction Immediate?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt sizzled in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where their love affair commenced.
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Let’s just say that Angelina quickly became enamored of her costar. She told Vogue in 2006 that “because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened. I think a few months in I realized, 'God, I can't wait to get to work.' … Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair." Us Weekly cited a bodyguard reported the two made out and passed “sexual” love notes to each other during the shoot.

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Was It True That Angelina Was Not Filmmakers’ First Choice?

If they didn’t cast Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, then Brangelina would never have happened.
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Yes, believe it or not! According to Bustle, Nicole Kidman was slated to play Mrs. Smith but had to drop out due to her commitment to making The Stepford Wives. We might never have had Brangelina if not for that less-than-stellar Stepford Wives movie. Us Weekly found that others had auditioned for the part as well — including Gwen Stefani!

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How Was Filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith — Outside of Providing the Landscape for Their Affair?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s relationship will always start with the filming of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
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From what can be discerned, it was an absolute blast — although it started with a challenge. Brad had hurt his Achilles, amusingly having just played Achilles in the movie Troy. By the time they started shooting the action scenes, Brad was back at 100 percent. Meanwhile, Angelina was a single mother to young Maddox when she arrived on the set. Both stars faced challenges initially, but between immediate chemistry and enjoying the making of the action sequences, it was a terrific creative environment for everyone involved. Mark Behar worked on Mr. and Mrs. Smith and told Us Weekly that it appeared that the filmmaking process was fun for all.

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When Did The Rumors Start That Something More Than Making a Movie was Happening?

Behind-the-scenes photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt showed how the two’s affection for each other transcended the big screen.
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If a photograph is worth 1,000 words, then those seemingly innocent photos from Mr. & Mrs. Smith that hit news outlets (such as Life and Style Magazine) at the end of the summer 2004, spoke volumes. The film took the summer off as Brad shot Ocean’s 12. When everyone returned to the Mr. & Mrs. Smith set in August of 2004, absence seemed to have made the heart grow fonder. Anyone with any kind of pulse could see that there was something electric going on between the two stars. Brad and Angelina were developing an easy way to communicate — which is great for thespians creating art. But for someone who was married, it did not look so good.

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What Did Brad, Angelina and Jennifer Aniston Say About The Rumors and Stories?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were the subject of rampant rumors that they were hooking up behind the back of Brad’s wife, Jennifer Aniston.
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Whispers of an affair between Angelina and Brad had started in May of 2004. But with each successive public appearance of Brad and Jennifer, those rumors would quickly be dashed. Jennifer and Brad appeared to be the picture of happiness. None of the three involved in this story ever talked about the rumors during that time period. Yet, when Jennifer announced that she and Brad were officially separated in January of 2005, the assumption was that Brad and Angie were an item throughout the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. They, at least, had an emotional affair, or so it seemed, and at most, it was physical. Jennifer told the Daily Mail that what Angelina did was “uncool” and “inappropriate.”

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When Exactly Did Jennifer and Brad Officially Split?

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Jennifer released a statement to OK! and other publications in January of 2005, saying, “We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate.” Brad and Angie were called back to the Los Angeles set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith for reshoots in January of 2005. Suddenly, there was a lot more interest in the making of this movie than there was throughout 2004. Paparazzi were everywhere trying to catch a shot of the two leads in an affectionate embrace that was not following, “action.” The love triangle had its most awkward moment at what was then called ShoWest (now called CinemaCon), in Las Vegas. The annual meeting of theater owners also serves as a chance for studios to showcase what they have coming out in the upcoming year. Brad and Angie were there promoting Mr. & Mrs. Smith merely hours before Jennifer would take the stage to accept her Female Star of the Year award. On March 25, 2005, Jennifer “officially” filed for divorce from her husband.

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When Did Brad and Angie Make Their First Public Outing As A Couple?

The first photo of the newly minted couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, occurred at the premiere of the movie that introduced them — Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
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Technically, the first time the world saw Brad and Angie as a couple was on April 19, 2005. Angelina, Brad and toddler Maddox Jolie-Pitt were captured by photographers while enjoying a little vacation in Kenya. Weeks later, on June 7, 2005, the pair walked the red carpet for the premiere of Mr. & Mrs. Smith and “officially” made their public debut as a couple.

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What Was That Photo of Angie and Brad Playing House That was “Insensitive” to Jennifer?

Jennifer Aniston did not care for the W Magazine photo shoot that found Angelina Jolie playing house with her ex-husband.
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It appeared in July of 2005 in W Magazine. The article was titled, “Domestic Bliss.” Jennifer was asked about it by Vanity Fair soon after the photo appeared. Since the whole shoot and its setting was Brad’s idea, Jennifer had strong feelings about it that she was not afraid to let them know. “There’s a sensitivity chip that’s missing,” she said of the shoot.

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How Did Maddox Take to Brad?

Angelina Jolie’s adopted son Maddox immediately showed love to Brad Pitt once it became clear that Brad made Maddox’s mom happy.
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Loved him! In fact, it was the little guy who seemed to see something between his mother and Brad before they did. In that Vogue interview, Angelina revealed that the three of them were playing cars on the floor and Maddox “out of the blue called him Dad … It was amazing. We both heard it and didn’t say anything and just looked at each other. So that was probably the most defining moment, when he decided that we would all be a family.”

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When Did They Welcome Their First Biological Child?

The first child of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Shiloh, made her debut on a family trip to the Windy City, Chicago.
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Shiloh Nouvel arrived in the world on May 27, 2006, in Swakopmund, Namibia. Both mother and child were said to be doing well after the birth. Fans already assumed that with those two as parents, this was going to be one beautiful baby. Closer Weekly called the response to their first biological baby a “media storm.” They were not wrong!

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Didn’t They Adopt Another Child?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie adopted Zahara Jolie-Pitt from an Ethiopian orphanage.
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Yes! The couple adopted Zahara from an Addis Ababa, Ethiopia orphanage when she was just six months in 2005, as chronicled in Closer Weekly. Then-boyfriend Brad went with Angelina. Once the adoption was legal, the Oscar winning actress had both Zahara and Maddox’s last names legally changed to Jolie-Pitt.

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And Another?

Angelina jolie brad pitt Pax Jolie Pitt
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Again, yes! Pax Jolie-Pitt was adopted by the couple in March of 2007. He was three at the time when the couple landed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and went to the Tam Binh orphanage, where they discovered their pride and joy. Closer Weekly ran adorable photos of the newest Jolie-Pitt and the family seemed totally blissful.

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When Did the Twins Come Along?

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Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt were born July 12, 2008. They had the honor of being born in Nice, France.

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In Summary, Who are all Brangelina’s Biological Kids?

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  • Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born May 27, 2007 in Swakopmund, Namibia
  • Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt was born July 12, 2008 in Nice, France
  • Vivienne Marcheline was born July 12, 2008 in Nice, France
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    In Summary, who are all Brangelina’s Adopted Kids?

    Angelina Jolie takes Maddox and Pax with her to the premiere of First They Killed My Father with Angelina shining in a grey gown and both boys wearing a black suit.
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  • Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt was born August 5, 2001 in Cambodia
  • Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt was born January 8, 2005 in Ethiopia
  • Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt was born November 29, 2003 in Vietnam
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    When Did They Get Engaged and Were the Kids a Big Part of It?

    The entire Pitt-Jolie clan were a huge part of the push to have Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get married.
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    They got engaged in April of 2012, but each had an interesting take on marriage as an institution. Angelina once told Vogue, “I think we were the last two people who were looking for a relationship. I certainly wasn’t. I was quite content to be a single mom.” The couple felt like they were already married but thought that making it official with a wedding and all the bells and whistles that go along with the institution would be healthy for the kids. “The kids ask about marriage, it’s meaning more and more to them,” Pitt told USA Weekend. “So, it’s something we’ve got to look at.”

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    When Did They Get Married and Where?

    Angelina jolie brad pitt wedding
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    The incredibly famous couple officially tied the knot August 23, 2014. It was an intimate affair  attended by only 22 people at the Chateau Miraval in France. Their six children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne — were all present and each had a job to do during the ceremony. Pax and Knox were ring bearers. Zahara, Shiloh and Vivienne tossed flowers that were picked in the family’s garden on their French estate, as detailed in Radar Online.

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    What Were Jennifer’s Thoughts About Her Ex Getting Married?

    Angelina jolie brad pitt Jennifer Aniston
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    In an interview with Vogue, Jennifer laid it all out. “This whole 'Poor lonely Jen' thing, this idea that I'm so unlucky in love? I actually feel I've been unbelievably lucky in love,” Aniston proudly stated. “Just because at this stage my life doesn't have the traditional framework to it — the husband and the two kids and the house in Connecticut — it's mine. It's my experience. And if you don't like the way it looks, then stop looking at it! Because I feel good.”

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    Where Did They Put Down Roots? Didn’t They Live in France? Where Else?

    The Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt relationship history included some pricey purchases including a deluxe mansion in France.
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    Before the super couple called it quits, they had quite the real estate portfolio. Given their travel, it’s easy to see why they had a place to hang their hat in many places around the globe. Brad fell in love with New Orleans while filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Glamour documented their real estate endeavors. The couple bought a 7,000 square foot mansion in Crescent City, California in 2006. In 2007, Angelina and Brad purchased an apartment in Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria. Brad had purchased a home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles before either of his marriages. After marrying Angelina, he secured neighbored properties to ensure secrecy for their children without the prying eyes of the public. Brad’s Santa Barbara beach house became the couple’s sandy getaway. Their French home, Chateau Miraval, is located in the legendary Provence region of the country. They called that residence their main home from 2008 through 2012. After which, they took the clan and decided to spend most of their time in Southern California. Their French home served as the locale for their wedding in 2014. While filming Allied, the couple discovered the Spanish island of Majorca, and they purchased a $3.7 million villa there.

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    When Was There a Crack In The Facade?

    The first signs of trouble between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived in the form of rumors about Brad and his co-star, Marion Cotillard.
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    When Brad was filming the spy thriller Allied in early 2016, rumors flew about him having romantic moments with both his costars — French actress Marion Cotillard and American Lizzy Caplan, according to E! News. After all, it was a spy movie that first got Brad and Angie together. Perhaps another spy movie would be the start of their split? Nothing was ever proven. Cotillard told Matt Lauer on The Today Show that, “I never take anything personally when it doesn’t concern me.” But it was the first time that infidelity rumors had swirled around Brad and Angie. In Touch Weekly had been reported that during this period, the two were leading separate lives. On July 4, 2016, Brad and Angie were running errands, and it made news because the pair hadn’t been seen together in public much at all in 2016. There were also those rumors that Angelina was not happy about Brad’s heavy use of alcohol and marijuana. She even questioned his parenting due to being under the influence more often than she liked. Radar Online even ran photos of Brad smoking. Us Weekly was among the first to report that Angie’s seeking full custody of their children was directly due to her displeasure at Brad’s weed smoking and alcohol use.

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    Did Making By the Sea Help Or Hurt Their Relationship?

    Filming a movie together was thought to help the troubled marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It didn’t.
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    Seeing as making a movie together brought them together (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), perhaps making another one (By the Sea), would help solidify their shaky ground, as quoted in Us Weekly. The film was written and directed by Angie and featured the couple pretty much fighting the entire time. It felt oddly personal and made viewers a tad bit uncomfortable because it seemed as if they were airing their dirty laundry packaged as entertainment. When the couple did split, one could easily look back at By the Sea and see it mirrored real life more than the couple initially admitted.

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    When Did They Split and When Were Divorce Papers Filed?

    The Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt relationship timeline came to an end when Angelina filed for divorce.
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    The official date of their separation was September 15, 2016. Divorce documents were filed by Angelina on the morning of September 19, 2016 — this according to a statement released to Us Weekly.

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    Has It Been Contentious?

    The divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has been testy.
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    Yes. Angelina had Brad investigated for child endangerment after he lost his temper in front of the children. He was cleared of those allegations, but they still stung Brad and hurt his prospects of sharing custody with Angie. Closer Weekly chronicled the divorce and custody proceedings and reported that the former couple met in person twice to try to make things more peaceful.

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    What Is Their Arrangement For The Children?

    How the divorce has been hitting the children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is a concern for all involved.
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    According to MSN, Angelina’s attorney has said that a custody arrangement was finally settled in late November of 2018. After two years of back and forth on the details, Brad finally got what he had hoped for. Us Weekly cited a source close to the negotiations as saying, “Brad got what he wanted. Angelina agreed to a deal that gives Brad joint physical and legal custody of the children." This deal was struck merely days before the duo was scheduled to have a custody trial in court.

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    Has Either Dated Since Their Divorce Was Finalized?

    It appeared that only Brad Pitt has gone on any dates since the marriage of Brad and Angelina Jolie dissolved.
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    If they have, they have been extremely coy about it. That being said, it was reported in Radar Online that Brad was dating an MIT professor, Neri Oxman. That relationship, if it was even officially one, seemed to have ended and fresh rumors of Brad hooking up with his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood costar, 21-year-old Sydney Sweeney — as reported on Radar Online. Angie, on the other hand, has had few headlines about her romantic life, save for one involving Colin Farrell. OK! Magazine has word that sources close to the superstars reported the pair have been spending time together.

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