Brangelina, feeling heat from 6 kids, to wed

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the Oscars in February. Now she's sporting a ring designed by him. Marriage "seems to mean more and more to our kids," Pitt said. AMY SANCETTA / Associated Press, file
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the Oscars in February. Now she's sporting a ring designed by him. Marriage "seems to mean more and more to our kids," Pitt said. AMY SANCETTA / Associated Press, file
Posted: April 14, 2012

In an epochal, historic event sure to echo down the generations, Angelina Jolie, 36, and Brad Pitt, 48, have announced they are to wed.

We’re all choked up. Is this how people felt when Neil Armstrong took those fateful first steps on the moon?

“It’s confirmed,” Pitt rep Cynthia Pett-Dante tells Reuters. “It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There’s no date set at this time.”

Jolie this week was seen sporting a large, yet tasteful diamond ring. It was designed by Pitt especially for her, says jeweler Robert Procop, who made the magical item. “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,” says Procop.

Brangelina — as a couple, as an idea, and as a public obsession — began forming on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which pitted Pitt and Jolie against each other as assassins. (Ah, it was 2005. The millennium was still new. Such heady times!)

Pitt actually was married at the time — to Jennifer Aniston. The dissolution of their union and Jolie’s alleged role in it kept many a gossip writer from the poorhouse for months. Jolie was previously wed, for like the blink of an eye, to Johnny Miller, and for two more blinks to Billy Bob Thornton.

Brangelina had vowed not to wed until gay marriage became legal across the country. But in recent months, they found themselves under pressure from their six children, who wanted to see them marry.

“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,” Pitt told the Hollywood Reporter in January. “But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out.”

Ask us in 40 years and we’ll know exactly where we were today. How can one forget such joy?

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Mi casa es su casa

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This article contains information from Inquirer wire services and websites. Contact “SideShow” at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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