Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Engaged: Timeline And Photos Of Their Romance, Plus The Engagement Ring [PHOTOS]

on April 14 2012 2:24 PM
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    A first look at Angelina Jolie's engagement ring, designed by fiance Brad Pitt. Twitter
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    January 2006: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador U.S. actress Angelina Jolie (L) and U.S. actor Brad Pitt (R) arrive at their hotel in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2006. Jolie will take part in the Open Forum Davos 2006, which is part of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss city. Reuters
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    October 2006: Actors Brad Pitt (R) and Angelina Jolie (3rd R) travel with their adopted son Maddox in a three-wheeler autorickshaw in the western Indian city of Pune October 8, 2006. Jolie said she and Pitt are disappointed they are not shooting "A Mighty Heart," a film about U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, in Pakistan where he was abducted and murdered in 2002. Security concerns there caused officials to suggest they work elsewhere. So with the exception of a few background scenes shot in Pakistan, "A Mighty Heart" will be made in the western Indian city of Pune. Reuters
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    January 2007: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose at the Golden Globe Awards as one of Hollywood's hottest new couples. Reuters
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    June 2007: Cast member Brad Pitt (C), co-star George Clooney (R) and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the premiere of "Ocean's Thirteen" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California. Reuters
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    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's engagement has been red-hot news since the couple announced their upcoming nuptials on April 13. Hollywood's Royal Couple has finally decided to make their now-seven-year romance official. More details have been revealed about Brad Pitt's proposal to the mother of his six children. Reuters
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    December 2010: U.S. actors Angelina Jolie (R) and Brad Pitt pose for pictures as they arrive for the Spanish premiere of the movie "The Tourist" in Madrid. Reuters
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    May 2011: Cast member Brad Pitt (R) is reflected on the top of a car as he and actress Angelina Jolie leave the Festival Palace after the screening of the film "The Tree of Life", by director Terrence Malick, in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Reuters
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    January 2012: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie strike a glamorous pose at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. Reuters
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Hollywood's hottest A-list couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, officially announced their engagement after photos were snapped of the beautiful actress sporting a large diamond ring on a very important finger on Wednesday.

After seven years together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have decided to get married. Yes, it's confirmed. It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy, Pitt's manager Cynthia Pett-Dante told the Associated Press Friday. There's no date set at this time. Brad designed the ring.

Pitt designed the ring for Jolie with jeweler Robert Procop, who has designed pieces for the actress in the past. I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt, a rep for the jeweler told Us Weekly of the engagement ring that took a whole year to create.

The rep gave further details to Us Weekly about the design of the engagement ring: Working closely with Brad Pitt to realize the star's vision for the ring, Robert Procop was able to source a diamond of the finest quality which was then transformed using Pitt's unique designs, cut with distinctive faceting to a shape and size that perfectly suits Angelina's long, slender fingers. Throughout, Brad Pitt remained heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design process from the perfect cut of the diamond centerpiece - an elongated tablet shape - to the finishing touches such as the mounting of a galaxy of smaller stones which are graduated in size and faceted to match, adding a crowning lustre to the ring. The full creative journey - from conception to completion - took a year, with Brad Pitt waiting until the perfect moment to unveil this special jewel to Angelina Jolie.

In January, Brad Pitt revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that an engagement looked promising.

We'd actually like to, he said of making Jolie his wife, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to do it till everyone can. But I don't think we'll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's romance has certainly been a whirlwind. What began seeped in steamy scandal has evolved into something of love and fruitfulness. Here is a timeline of their romance from filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith to six children later.

Summer 2004: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie meet and begin filming the action thriller, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Rumors quickly circulate that the two are involved in a real-life romance, despite the fact that Brad Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston at the time. Both deny the gossip.

January 2005: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced that they are separating after five years of marriage.

March 2005: Jennifer Aniston files for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

April 2005: Photos are printed of Pitt and Jolie frolciking on a beach together in Kenya with Jolie's adopted son, Maddox. These images solidified the romance rumors for many.

July 2005: W magazine featured a 30-page editorial spread of Jolie and Pitt playing house in a feature entitled Domestic Bliss. Mr. & Mrs. Smith was a film about a glamorous husband and wife who are hired to assassinate each other. In the W spread, which Pitt helped shoot, the actor wanted to tell a darker tale that explored the unidentifiable malaise that haunts a seemingly-happy couple. You don't know what's wrong, he says, because the marriage is everything you signed up for. To may this art-imitating-life venture was a slap in the face to Aniston.

July 6, 2005: Pitt and Jolie travel to Ethiopia where Jolie adopts her second child, 6-month-old Zahara Marley. Though the couple continues to neither confirm nor deny their romance, all signs point to yes.

October 2, 2005: Aniston's divorce from Pitt is finalized.

January 11, 2006: Angelina Jolie confirms to People magazine that she is pregnant with her first child with actor Brad Pitt. This is the first official confirmation that the two are, in fact, a couple.

January 19, 2006: A judge grants Jolie's request to change the surnames of her children, Maddox and Zahara, from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt.

May 27, 2006: Angelina Jolie gives birth to her first biological child with Brad Pitt, daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, in Swakopmund, Namibia. Shiloh's first photos were sold exclusively to People magazine and OK! magazine for $4.1 million and $3.5 million, respectively. The money was donated to charities providing aid to African children, according to MTV News. In December, OK! magazine reports that the couple will have a fairytale Christmas wedding in South Africa.

October 2006: Brad Pitt shoots down any rumors of marriage in an Esquire interview. The couple supports gay marriage. Pitt said they will marry when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.

March 15, 2007: Angelina Jolie adopts son Pax Thien from Vietnam. She adopts him as a single parent, as Vietnamese law does not allow unmarried couples to adopt. One month later, Jolie files a request to have his surname changed to Jolie-Pitt.

May 2008: After much public speculation, Jolie confirms that she is expecting twins with Brad Pitt while promoting the film, Kung Fu Panda.

July 12, 2008: Angelina Jolie gives birth to twins, Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, in Nice, France. The couple sells the rights for the first photos to People and Hello! for $14 million. This sale makes the most expensive celebrity pictures ever sold. The couple donates the proceeds to their Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

October 15, 2008: Jolie stirs controversy after telling The New York Times that she is excited for her children to see Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the film where she and Pitt first met. She said, Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love. However, many saw a problem with this statement, as the couple previously denied any romance while filming the movie.

November 2008: Jennifer Aniston breaks her silence on her divorce and Pitt's new relationship, telling Vogue that Jolie's comments were completely uncool. I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss, Aniston said. That stuff about how she couldn't wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool. As for Pitt, she said, I have nothing but absolute admiration for him, and I'm proud of him. We have exchanged a few very kind hellos and wishing you wells and sending you love and congratulations on your babies.

Winter 2010: Rumors swirl that Pitt will a cameo appearance in Jolie's directorial debut film, In the Land of Blood and Honey. When the film came out at in 2011, the rumors were squashed as Pitt never made an appearance.

September 2011: Brad Pitt is criticized after telling Parade magazine that his life in the 90s was pathetic, while Jolie reinvigorated him. I spent the '90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic. It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage [to actress Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't, he said. I put much more emphasis on being a satisfied man. I'm satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much. A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss... That's the trade-off. But I'll take it all.... ? One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her.

December 2011: While promoting In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie tells Christiane Amanpour that her children want a wedding. The kids asked me the other day, and I asked them if it was just because they wanted to have a 'big cake,' Jolie said. They see movies that have the people getting married in the movies ... you know, the happily ever after. Shrek and Fiona are married. ... We've explained to them that our commitment when we decided to start a family was the greatest commitment you could possibly have. Once you have six children, you're committed.

January 2012: Pitt co-signed Jolie's statement that their children were pushing them down the aisle. We'd actually like to, he told The Hollywood Reporter of marrying Jolie, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to do it till everyone can. But I don't think we'll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.

April 2012: It is announced that Pitt and Jolie may reunite on film for Sir Ridley Scott's, The Cousenlor. If true, this will be the first time the couple shares the silver screen since meeting during Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

April 13, 2012: Brad Pitt's rep confirms that he and Angelina Jolie are engaged to be married.