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Originally posted 04/13/2012 04:45PM
Congratulations are in order for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who confirmed their engagement to PEOPLE on Friday.
But the couple, who've been together since 2005, have had plenty to say on the subject of marriage over the years – namely why they weren't going to do it.
Citing lack of marriage equality and the commitment of parenting their six children, the two have celebrated their partnership in the press even as they (mostly) said they had no plans to walk down the aisle.
Here's a chronological look back at how they've addressed their feelings about marriage over the years:
Originally posted 03/08/2012 11:10AM
Jacques be nimble, Jacques be quick!
Three of the Jolie-Pitt children took a field trip to the market in New Orleans on Wednesday, bringing along their English bulldog, Jacques, for the snack run.
On the walk, the kids – Maddox, 10, Zahara, 7, and Shiloh, 5 – each took a turn holding the leash, guiding Jacques as he sniffed around the Big Easy.
Originally posted 03/02/2012 10:35AM
Look out, Eric Clapton! There's a new strummer in town.
Brad Pitt recently took son Maddox, 10, guitar shopping in Hollywood. The pair were seen coming out of Guitar Center with an employee following them carrying a black guitar case.
And members of the Jolie-Pitt household may want to get out the earplugs – budding musician Maddox also left the store with an amplifier.
It wasn't the only Jolie-Pitt parent-child outing this week. Earlier this week, Angelina Jolie was out and about in Los Angeles with twins Knox and Vivienne, 3, as well as Pitt's mother, Jane.
– Liz Raftery
Originally posted 02/10/2012 08:40AM
It took more than 1-degree weather to keep Angelina Jolie and three of her and Brad Pitt's kids from enjoying Berlin's Legoland Discovery Centre on Thursday afternoon.
Mom and Maddox, Pax and Shiloh piled into a Mercedes van and headed to the indoor fun facility, where the kids played for about 90 minutes, before selecting some Lego toys from the gift shop. Pax had the hardest time deciding which package to choose, reports the German tabloid, B.Z..
Jolie seems to be a fan of Legoland, having visited the version in England with one of her kids last September. She also has donated generously to Merlin's Magic Wand, a worldwide charity created by the operator of Legoland to provide fun experiences for children who are seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged.
Originally posted 01/09/2012 02:00PM
Angelina Jolie is as well known for her work helping refugees around the world as she is for making movies. But she'll let her kids decide for themselves whether they want to follow in her activist footsteps.
"I'm not one of those moms who kind of lectures [my kids]," Jolie, 36, told reporters on Saturday at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs Film Festival. "But I do tell them, whenever I go on a trip, where I'm going and why. And on some occasions, they've come with me to different refugee camps. And they also go to their home countries a lot."
The actress, who wore an Elie Saab gown to the festival's awards gala, has faith her little ones will make decisions based on what they see in their day-to-day lives.
Originally posted 12/05/2011 10:35AM
Hey, those people in the movies are getting married. Why aren't Mom and Dad?
That's the question Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's children have started asking, according to the actress, whose stance on marriage is the subject of intense interest outside the household as well.
"They have asked, yeah, because ... people get married in the movies," Jolie, 36, tells Nightline in an interview airing Monday. "Shrek and Fiona are married, you know?"
So, how does she respond? By explaining that you don't have to be married to be committed to a partner or your family.
Originally posted 09/15/2011 03:00PM
Brad Pitt may appear to be on top of the world, but he insists that happiness is "overrated."
"I put much more emphasis on being a satisfied man," the actor, 47, tells Parade magazine in a revealing interview that will be published Sunday. "I'm satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much."
Pitt describes his partner, Angelina Jolie, as "such a great mom," and says starting a family with her was "one of the greatest, smartest things I ever did."
"A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss," he adds. "That's the trade-off."
Originally posted 09/04/2011 03:00PM
Was it ladies day out for the Jolie-Pitts?
Shiloh, Zahara and Vivienne were glued to Angelina Jolie as they exited a showing of the Smurfs movie in London.
Jolie held onto youngest daughter Vivienne, 3, and squeezed 6-year-old Zahara's hand, while Shiloh, 5, led the way – blanket in hand, thumb in mouth!
They did have some male escorts though: Papa Pitt with Pax and Knox weren't far behind.
Originally posted 08/24/2011 01:30PM
When your parents are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, you're guaranteed to get a taste of different cultures around the world.
But one member of the Jolie-Pitt brood seems to have taken that one step further.
On Monday, the architecture-loving Pitt and Jolie booked a private tour of Hill House, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed home in Helensburgh, Scotland, near where the family is staying. Afterward, the couple was spotted picking up souvenirs at the gift shop (including novelty pencils for the kids), and sat down to a traditional supper, where Maddox showed off his surprisingly sophisticated palate.
Originally posted 08/19/2011 07:30AM
As if arriving in Glasgow by privately chartered train wasn't special enough, the Jolie-Pitts are now settling comfortably into a rented country estate that includes a 16th century mansion.
Set among rolling Ayrshire hills, their latest homestead property is dotted with cows, horses and heather. Pheasants freely roam the 10-acre garden where the children can go trout fishing – something Brad was spotted doing with Maddox, 10, and Pax, 7, Wednesday morning – or frolic among the flowerbeds, as Angelina did with 3-year-old Knox on Thursday.
Should the family – which also includes Zahara, 6, Shiloh, 5, Vivienne, 3 – want to venture off-site for toy shopping or riding at nearby horse stables, they have until Pitt wraps his filming of World War Z in the next few weeks.
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