Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Timeline of Hollywood’s Favorite Power Couple
January 2004: Filming Starts on ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie begin filming the action comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, about a married couple that discovers they're assassins who have been hired by rival agencies to kill each other. Nicole Kidman had been originally attached to co-star alongside Pitt, but she dropped out due to a conflict filming The Stepford Wives. At the time, Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston, while Jolie was coming off a divorce from Billy Bob Thornton.
As Peter Travers wrote in his review of the film: "Pitt and Jolie make sexy sparring partners, but they can't lift this leaden material."
Despite a tepid critical response, it was enough of a vehicle to launch the Brangelina industry.
August 2004: ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ Set Photos Surface
Pitt and Jolie reunited on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith after spending much of the summer apart while Pitt filmed Ocean's 12. Back in May, Pitt and Jennifer Aniston had ostensibly put the initial affair rumors to rest when they appeared together at the Troy premiere, but the paparazzi swiftly reignited them with photographs of Jolie and Pitt looking very close on set. The film's crew, however, insisted they were just in character.
January 2005: Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston Announce Separation
After nearly five years together, Pitt and Aniston announce that they are separating. Over the next few months, paparazzi will swarm Mr. & Mrs. Smith re-shoots in Los Angeles, only to discover Pitt and Jolie's trailers are inside the set. Not long after, the love triangle nearly combusts at the National Association of Theatre Owners' ShoWest convention, where Pitt and Jolie promote Mr. & Mrs. Smith hours before Anniston receives the Female Star of the Year award. On March 25th, 2005, Anniston officially files for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
March 2007: Jolie and Pitt Adopt Pax
Pax, child number four, joined Jolie from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The boy, born Pham Quang Sang, was abandoned by his biological mother at birth, but he found new hope with the Jolie-Pitt clan at age 3. (Due to sanctions against unmarried couples adopting children in Vietnam, Jolie files for adoption as a single parent, then Pitt co-adopts the young boy once he gets to America.) Though he's renamed Pax, the young boy will remain in touch with his roots, as a recent Vanity Fair story states that he's learning Vietnamese. That is, in addition to child-deejaying lessons.
April 2012: Jolie, Pitt Confirm They Are Engaged
Representatives for Pitt and Jolie confirmed that the couple was planning, at long last, to tie the knot. "It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy," Pitt's manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante, told People, adding, "There's no date set at this time." The ring, which Pitt designed with Jeweler Robert Procop, features 16-carats of emerald-cut diamonds. Early reports pegged its value at $1million; that figure was later revised downward to half a million dollars and finally a reported $250,000.
August 23rd, 2014: Pitt, Jolie Marry in France
Though it came before same-sex marriage was legalized across the United States, Brangelina wed after roughly a decade together. The couple had announced an engagement two years prior, and their quiet wedding took place at their Châueau Miraval estate in Correns, France. According to People, the pair only invited 20 guests. Jolie's dress featured artwork from their six children who were also involved in the ceremony, with Maddox and Pax walking their mom down the aisle, Zahara and Vivienne serving as flower girls and Shiloh and Knox being the ring-bearers.
September 20th, 2016: Jolie Files for Divorce
Early on Tuesday morning, Jolie filed for divorce. TMZ, first to the documents, had the details: Jolie, who retained the services of celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser (her star-studded client roster lists Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Gavin Rossdale), cited irreconcilable differences. She requests physical custody of the couple’s six children, but no spousal support.
A feeding frenzy of speculation followed. According to a source who spoke to Us: They disagreed about parenting styles. "They also fight over their schedules and politics still," the source said. "They have a lot of very heated political fights." (Us previously reported that Jolie held unfavorable views of Barack Obama, for whom Pitt was a major supporter and donor. Jolie's father, Jon Voight, is also an outspoken critic of the president's.) Us also reports that Jolie decided one week ago after an "incident."