Fans all over the world were devastated when it was reported on September 20, 2016 that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after just two years of marriage. The couple first met on the set of the 2004 action film, Mr and Mrs Smith, in which they played the titular characters.
What followed was a 12-year romance that many believed would last a lifetime. The couple officially tied the knot in August 2014 and have six children, three adopted and three biological.
Like you, we’re still trying to get over the news of their split. So in tribute to their better days, we’ve picked out some of the most memorable things Brad and Angie said about one another.
1 Angelina opened up about falling for Brad while working on Mr and Mrs Smith:
“Brad was a huge surprise to me. I, like most people, had a very distant impression of him from… the media. Because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened. I think a few months in I realised, ‘God, I can’t wait to get to work’.”
2 On her children, Angelina shared:
“The children certainly tie us together, but a relationship won’t hold if it’s only about the kids. You also must be really interested in each other and have a really, really wonderful, exciting time together. We do. Brad and I love being together. We enjoy it.”
3 Brad had this to say about his wife’s parenting:
“One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mum. She’s such a great mum. Oh, man, I’m so happy to have her. With a partner like Angie, I know that when I’m working, the kids are happy, safe, and prospering. And when Angie’s working, she knows she has the same.”
4 He said of her work ethic and drive:
“Angelina is just amazing. I’ll be tired and lie down on the sofa and then she’ll keep going until late at night. And that makes me feel like, ‘Why am I taking it easy?’ so I’ll go help out and play with the boys and get them to bed. You realise that you always have the energy inside you, and as a parent you need to have a lot of willpower.”
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5 They were able to bring out the best in each other, shared Angie:
“It’s not just that I love being in Brad’s company, which obviously I do, but it’s that we both roll up our sleeves and take on what we care about in the same way. I have a lot of respect for him, and he helps me to be better and fight hard for things that I love.”
6 Of their long-term relationship, she said:
“He’s my family, he’s not just a lover and a partner – which he is, wonderfully – but he’s my family now. We have history and we work hard to make it great. We don’t kind of relax about it and take each other for granted.”
7 In 2014, the 10-year mark of their relationship, Angie said:
“After all these years, we have history — and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together.”
8 When she decided to remove her ovaries due to her genetic risk of breast cancer, Brad gave her strength:
“I knew through the surgeries that he was on my side and that this wasn’t something where I was gonna feel less of a woman because my husband wasn’t gonna let that happen. To face these issues together and speak about them and talk about what it is to be human, I think can be a beautiful thing.”
9 In 2015, the couple acted opposite one another in By the Sea, which Angelina directed. This was her first time directing Brad, and he said this of the experience:
“Being a couple, we have that shorthand that can be communicated in a look. Conversely, it means I knew immediately if she felt a take stunk.”
10 Even though they sometimes faced struggles, Brad said that the couple worked hard on the relationship:
“I think, for me, it’s just that the road is long, and it’s worth fighting for. The dividends worth fighting for instead of jumping ship is more profound than any beginning, any kind of new romance.”