Angelina Jolie’s ‘Affair Dress’ That Ended Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s Marriage | 22 Words

When America’s sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, and Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt, got hooked up by their respective agents in 1998, the world went crazy.

For a while, they seemed to be the total golden couple of the 00s.

But nothing lasts forever, and the pair eventually separated in 2005, much to the heartbreak of what seemed to be the entire world. Even worse? It looked as though there was a rather insidious reason for the split - Brad Pitt falling for femme fatale, Angelina Jolie.

And, now, sources have revealed the moment that things turned sour for the sweethearts - and the Jolie dress which represented the turning point.

The two blonde bombshells were matched in true Hollywood style by their agents in 1998.

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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’ (I don’t remember it either..) and was about to start shooting for Fight Club. The two kept their relationship a secret at first- you know, probably wanting to avoid any public speculation (if only they had known!).

Stepping out together for the first time at the 1999, Emmy Awards, Jen and Brad shared their romance with the world.

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Only three 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.

I mean can you think of a more iconic 90s couple?

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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 couple wed in sunny Malibu in the July of 2000.

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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.

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In an interview given by Aniston in September 2001 with Rolling Stone Magazine, the star talked about being one year into her marriage with Brad and all appeared pretty darn rosy.

In the Rolling Stone interview, Aniston divulged how the couple had purchased a $15 million property, liked to bond over music and may or may not be potheads.

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Aniston’s love for Brad is apparent throughout the interview, she can’t seem to help but bring him up at any given opportunity - I mean, she’s worse than me when I like someone!

Do you remember when Brad did a cameo in Friends in November 2001?

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"The One With The Rumor" starred Pitt as one of Ross Geller’s old school friends, Will Colbert.

Pitt’s character appears blatantly cold to the confused Rachel, who can’t remember Hot Will from school. It transpires that, back in the day, Hot Will was not-so-hot, and Rachel had not been so nice. Pitt’s character then proudly confesses that he and Ross had spread a rumor about Rachel back in high school, much to her dismay. 

Watching this Friends episode back now, in 2019, the foreshadowing as to the souring of Brad and Jen's marriage is palatable…

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The bitter rumors that circulated from both Brad and Jen’s respective parties post-breakup are, twenty years on, yet to settle.

Some two years after the Friends cameo, the cracks start to appear in the fairytale romance of Brad and Jen.

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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..".

"I mean I guess I love him?"

In fairness to Jen, it was one of those awkward questions that puts you in a corner. Kinda like when someone asks what your dreams for the future are…

What future? What husband? I don’t love anyone! Love’s a strong word etc, etc.

We’ve all been there Jen!

It's just that most of us don’t have a load of reporters asking us these big, life-defining, deep questions. Who knows? Maybe all was still good between the two at this point.

So we’ll let that one slide, maybe the two "pothead", Radiohead fans were still very much in the throws of love at this point...

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Jen even made suggestions that the duo were interested in having babies in 2004. In an interview with The Guardian, Aniston discussed the ending of Friends and how she was looking forward to slowing down and starting a family.

All good things must come to an end eh?

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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.

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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 two 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.

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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 (yeah, yeah…).

Read the joint statement, given to People Magazine, in January 2005 below.

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"We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate. For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration. We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another. We ask in advance for your kindness and sensitivity in the coming months."

Really hits you in the funny bone doesn't it?

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Over and over again, friends and family of the newly-separated couple insisted to press and media that Brad and Jen really were best friends and would remain so.

Not to blame Angelina Jolie, as is often the case with this topic... but when Brad and Angie confirmed their romance, something shifted in the public perception of Jen.

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Personally, I think the trouble wasn't Jolie herself, but with what she represented.

Already a mother to one (Jolie had adopted her first child, Maddox, in 2002 and was raising him as a single parent when she met Brad in 2004), Jolie represented motherhood and thus saw Brad turn in to a "dad" with family values.

For the tabloid press investigating the Jen and Brad split, Angelina Jolie represented motherhood, a hat that Aniston was yet to try on.

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The narrative thus ensued that Jen never wanted children, which was why Brad moved on to Jolie, someone who did want a family.

This narrative of Aniston's resistance to motherhood continues decades later, making Jen's comments on the subject all the more important...

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Brad went on to adopt Maddox, and a further two children with Jolie - Zahara in 2005 and Pax in 2007. The two also have three biological children together: Shiloh, born in 2006, and twins, Knox and Vivienne, born in 2008.

The Jolie-Pitt brood grew and grew, as did the general public opinion that Brad and Jen split due to Aniston's desire to remain childless.

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Aniston’s frustration with the public's fascination concerning whether she will or won’t have babies came to a head in 2014, with an interview with Today wherein she slammed the press and their assertions.

She stated, “My value as a woman isn’t measured by motherhood."

You tell ‘em, Jen!

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That being said, Aniston’s refusal to out-rightly refute the claims that her marriage to Pitt ended because she didn't want children, as well as her claims that motherhood won’t define her, further fueled the fires on the generally-accepted rumor.

Relations between the two exes did not stay so civil after their announced separation in 2005.

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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..).

In response to Jolie’s public comments about the blossoming of her and Pitt’s relationship, Aniston spoke to Vogue in 2008.

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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."

“Uncool" is one way of putting it..

We all know that living under public scrutiny is no easy feat, but having your seven-year marriage blown up with the world watching is a whole other kettle of fish. And then to have your ex's new partner publicly romanticize what was quite clearly an affair must have hurt quite a bit.

And now a specific detail about the affair has been revealed.

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And from a rather unlikely source, too! On the newest series of Netflix's reality-fashion series, Styling Hollywood, one fashion expert claims to have insight into the real reason that Brad and Jen split.

In the episode, stylist, Jason Bolden, makes some pretty bold claims.

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He's searching for a dress for client, Eve, to wear to the Grammy's - and in his search, he heads to Irene Albright’s fashion library.

While searching for the perfect gown for Eve, he stumbles upon something else.

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It's a creation by Italian fashion designer, Giambattista Valli. Valli is well known for producing haute couture gowns beloved for red carpet events.

And he's known for working in one particular medium.

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Valli, particularly in the early '00s, loved creating garments out of ostrich feathers. While they aren't the most practical garms, it does give a really unique, luxurious finish.

And it was one of these items that Jolie wore in a spread in W Magazine.

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The feature, entitled Domestic Bliss: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at Home, was photographed long before the couple confirmed they were together. In it, the pair were styled as a married couple raising a family.

Albright claims that this shoot had more impact than anyone realized.

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“This is what caused the break-up of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt … Angelina Jolie, the W Magazine. Do you remember that spread? … That was the beginning of their affair." He even called the Valli creation, "the affair dress."

The shoot took place in 2004.

This wasn't long before Brad and Jen announced their split in 2005 - which has led to many raised eyebrows about the timeline of Brangelina's relationship.

W Magazine has denied claims.

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While Brad and Angelina may have been up to no good at the time of the magazine spread, it does seem a little far-fetched to blame the entire affair (and subsequent breakdown of a marriage) on a simple dress.

Although others have pointed out something else.

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It was less than a year after the Brad and Jen split that Brangelina announced their first pregnancy together - which does look a little shady (and perhaps shed some suspicion on that W spread).

Either way, one thing is truly remarkable.

The fact that Jen and Brad have managed to stay friends after everything that they've been through is absolutely incredible - and a real credit to Jen's good-hearted nature. Other Hollywood exes could learn a thing or two! Like, for example, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth? Read on for the dirty details of their split.