Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Are Talking Marriage -- For All the Wrong Reasons


brad pitt angelina jolie WBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have pretended to be married a few times. Once for a "Domestic Bliss" photo spread in W magazine (the very one that made ex Jennifer Aniston accuse Pitt of being short an emotional chip). Another time, the Hollywood power couple faked marriage to each other for their roles in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the film on which they met and fell in love. Now it seems like pretend time is over. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are talking about getting married. For real.

At least Brad is.

In an interview with this weekend's USA Today, Brad says that he and Angie (that's what all her close friends call her) might be tying the knot. 

The reason is ridiculous.

Brad says he and Angie are considering getting married -- because of their six kids. He said,

The kids ask about marriage. It's meaning more and more to them. So it's something we've got to look at.

I'm sorry -- WHAT?

Brad and Anglina are going to get married because it will "mean" something to their kids? Wait a second, isn't this the guy who famously told the media -- more than once -- that he and Angie would consider tying the knot only when gay marriage was legal in the United States? And didn't Angie tell Vogue that marriage doesn't keep people together and who needs a piece of paper to prove you love someone and no one's going to pressure us into getting married and we're a happy family without marriage and so on ... and so on.

Brad and Angelina have their reasons for not getting married. And it really doesn't matter if we agree with those reasons or not. The point is, if everything they've told us about what they believe is true and they do get hitched, they will be failing their children. As parents, it's their job to instill values and beliefs in their kids. By reneging on their promises and compromising their integrity, Brad and Angelina are selling Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Knox, and Vivienne short. If they get married, the couple is essentially telling their kids that it's totally cool to wimp out on a cause (in this case, gay rights) whenever you feel like it.

And what of their message that love, not a piece of paper, keeps couples together? Brad and Angelina's kids seem concerned that their parents aren't "married," in the very technical sense of the word. Yet why should they be? Are all those paparazzi photos we see of that big, happy family just a lie?

Maybe instead of getting married, Brad and Angie should be demonstrating their love for each other -- and their children -- every day. Because that and teaching their children the importance of standing up for they you believe in are the things that will "mean" the most to their kids in the long run.


Image via W Magazine

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SicTr... SicTransitGlori

People change their minds. Maybe now they "believe" in marriage... who knows? Who cares? 

Anast... Anastazia975

It's the commitment behind the piece of paper? What, you can't be committed without it? And I'm pretty sure Adam and Eve were not "married" with a piece of paper. That piece of paper back in the day did nothing more than guaranteeland. Either way, maybe if we the people spent less time worrying about what other people do, who they love, or don't love, and what's going on with our own families, stop keeping up with the Jone's, family would really mean something. Family is NOT about whether or not you are married, and kids and the whole shebang. (at least not to me) It's about the love and quality time. It's about surrounding yourself with the people that love you the most. And it's not always blood related.

nonmember avatar Reality Bites

Whatever the couple decides is ultimately their business. Both have had failed marriages, neither was anxious to jump into another when they first became a couple and became pregnant and they felt the children held them together more then a piece of paper. And his statement about marrying when every one could was I am sure heart felt at the time but also used to shut up reporters who asked incessantly when they would marry. But time can change the heart and a statement made can't always be held against you for the rest of your life. If you loved someone for 6+ years and had 6 children with them and the kids wanted a wedding ceremony and you were warming to the idea of making that commitment to the partner you loved and shared your life with for so long.. would you tell them sorry Daddy made an off the cuff remark to deflect a prying journalist and now can never ever ever marry Mommy ever until marriage is legal for everyone which will never happen in this country filled with republican and christian hatred for go cry yourself to sleep kid!?

Lynette Lynette

if they love each other and plan to stay together forever there is no reason they shouldn't consider the children's wishes.  Being married doesn't mean they can't continue to campain for gay marriage.  Plus they could make a point by getting married in a state where gay marriage legal

Lynette Lynette

and if marriage really is just a "piece of paper", then getting that piece of paper for the children shouldn't be a big deal, right?  I personally believe marriage is more than paper!

parri... parrishsky

I can understand why their kids are emotional about it and I just have to say good for Brad to recognize the importance of their emotions... having pushed it aside without even a thought would have been traumatic for them. I don't care if they do get married but for the sake of the kids it makes sense.


Things change-- people change-- I think being married for their children would be a good thing, regardless of past statements.

nonmember avatar Christine

I also feel that Brad and Angie getting married for their kids is a wonderful thing. They obviously love eachother. They are not getting married BECAUSE of their kids but FOR their kids; there is a huge difference between the two. Also, what they want to do in their personal lives is our business because....?????

shiva... shivasgirl

I'm sorry, but how my children feel about something as important as marriage would be my first concern... "I'm sorry kids, I understand you really want mommy and daddy to be married, but  all the gay people who we dont know are more important than your feelings"  I dont blame the kids for feeling that they want their parents to be married, it is not just a "piece of paper" but a sign of commitment..and a sign of security for they kids. Yes I do know that marriages do fail, but the symbolism is there and that in istelf makes the kids long for the security that they dont have in their globe trotting lives.

Philyra Philyra

Ugh!  I don't know why these two are making such a fuss.  They go on about marriage rights and what their kids think, but they obviously have no respect for the institution of Marriage.  After all, they're both low-down dirty cheaters.  I think they've just held off getting married so they won't have to pay for a messy divorce once they get bored with one another.

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