It has just emerged that Brad Pitt has matched Jennifer Aniston’s $1 million donation to a racial justice organization.
Keep scrolling to find out more…
And it is an incredibly generous footstep, to say the least!
But firstly, let’s start from the beginning…
Jen was still filming Friends and had just completed shooting classic Rom-Com, The Object of My Affection, with Paul Rudd.
Brad, on the other hand, was wrapping up filming Meet Joe Black and was about to start shooting for Fight Club. The 2 kept their relationship a secret at first – you know, probably wanting to avoid any public speculation (if only they had known!).
Only 3 months later, during a Sting concert (of all places), the loved-up kids announced their engagement. Stepping on stage and waving the engagement ring to crowds of applause, it really did seem to be a Hollywood-fairytale.
Sadly, there does not seem to be any video footage of the Sting concert, I guess this was a time before concerts revolved around the crowd filming e v e r y t h i n g.
The ceremony itself cost a hefty one million dollars, with $76,000 spent on security. Guests were asked to sign confidentiality agreements and airspace surrounding the ceremony was restricted.
Brad and Jen sure were sticklers for privacy!
The Aniston-Pitt privacy stance is perhaps the reason that there remains so much mystery around what the marriage was really like.
In an interview given by Aniston in September 2001 with Rolling Stone Magazine, the star talked about being 1 year into her marriage with Brad and all appeared pretty darn rosy.
Aniston’s love for Brad is apparent throughout the interview, she can’t seem to help but bring him up at any given opportunity.
Talking to W Magazine, Aniston was asked if Brad was the love of her life.
She responded with an awkward rambling answer that ends with, “He’s certainly a big love in my life..”
We’ve got to that point in the love story of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt that we never want to get to… it’s all downhill from here, guys (or is it?).
Well, let’s just cover what must be covered… Let’s talk about Mr and Mrs Smith.
It’s May 2004, and “happily” married Brad Pitt starts filming the assassin/spy flick alongside the single (and admittedly.. very beautiful) Angelina Jolie (it’s those darn cheekbones).
Anyway blah, blah, blah, the 2 co-stars spent an awful lot of time together and got on very well.
The press had a field day during the shooting of Mr & Mrs Smith and rumors about how close Angie and Brad were getting circulated across the world…
And by January 2005, Aniston and Pitt had announced their separation.
In their joint statement, the couple contested the tabloid rumors and insisted that they would remain friends.
And over the years, they went on to have 6 children together – 3 of whom were conceived and 3 of whom were adopted.
Aniston publicly slammed Pitt and Jolie for their insensitivity following the break-up.
We mean, fair play to Jen! She has every right to be upset after Jolie publicly discussed the building of feelings between herself and Pitt whilst filming Mr & Mrs Smith (which we all know was still during Jen and Brad’s marriage..).
Huffpost notes that Jen told Vogue, “I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss. That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool.”
Brad and Angelina split in 2016.
The divorce seemed rather messy, with allegations of substance abuse problems and issues between Brad and the kids coming to the fore.
Brad and Jen seem to have reconnected during these difficult times.
Or, as some suspect, something more …
The backstage pictures snapped of Brad and Jen got the whole internet talking.
And then as Jen started to walk away, Brad pulled her back in for more lols.
The Hollywood Reporter also shared this picture of Brad watching Jen’s acceptance speech for Best Female Actor in a Drama Series.
He’s so proud!
And although Jen has been adamant that they’re just friends, fans have been speculating that more has been going on.
Because Brad has just made a very generous move to match his ex-wife.
Color of Change is an organization that works to get equal justice for black people in America.
The website says: “Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. We challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.”
It was reported that Jen made her donation “to the charity she felt resonated with her the most” after being “deeply affected” by the death of Floyd late last month.
“She wanted to show her support and has donated a big sum to the charity she felt resonated with her the most. The link is on her Instagram page so her fans can also donate.”
Because he decided to match her donation by donating a further $1 million himself to the organization.
The Mirror reported on Saturday:
“Brad is really involved with the charity because of Jen and said he would match her donation.”
And a huge sum of money can help make such a difference to this amazing cause.
Let’s hope that the awareness they have both raised will educate others and will hopefully allow us to strive towards a better future.