Brad 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