Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally announced their engagement on Friday, a total reversal from previous comments, reports Us Weekly.
In October 2006, Pitt told Esquire Magazine, “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” Pitt said in a strong statement of support for the federal legalization of same-sex marriage.
Pitt and his first wife, actress Jennifer Aniston, divorce in 2005 after 5 years of marriage. Jolie has been married twice before to actors Jonny Lee Miller (1996-1999) and Billy Bob Thornton (2000-2003).
By December 2011, Jolie told ABC’s Nightline they were beginning to feel some pressure from their kids – Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5 and twins Knox and Vivienne, 3 – to marry. “We’ve explained to them that our commitment when we decided to start a family was the greatest commitment you could possibly have,” she explained. “Once you have six children, you’re…you’re committed.”
By January 2012, the power couple were expressing a different view of marriage.
“We’d actually like to,” Pitt told The Hollywood Reporter about getting married, “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.”
In a January 2012 interview with CBS News, Pitt revealed he told his children he’d marry their mom. “We will someday. We will. That’s a great idea!,” he told them. ” ‘Get mommy a ring!’ ‘Okay, I will, I will.’ ”
A rep for jeweler Robert Procop told Us Weekly, “I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt.”
“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.”
Jolie was photographed wearing her new emerald cut rock Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Chinese Galleries.