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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Marriage and Divorce

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Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt in Cannes, France on May 13, 2004.

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The fairy tale romance and marriage of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston ended in a divorce. Here is information about how they met, their wedding, and divorce.

News Updates:

08/13/2012: The rep of Justin Theroux announced the engagement of Theroux and Jennifer Aniston.

10/02/05: With their divorce finalized on 10/2/2005, the 10,000+ square foot Beverly Hills home of Jennifer and Brad was placed on the market for $28 million. The home was designed by Wallace Neff for actor Fredric March in the 1930s.
Source: ABC News

08/22/05: Citing irreconcilable differences, dissolution papers were filed with a Los Angeles court by the Jennifer and Brad on August 19, 2005. The court documents note that Jennifer Aniston's maiden name was restored.

Aniston's parents had a stormy marriage relationship that ended in divorce. Aniston was quoted as saying that during her marriage she often felt "fear, mistrust, doubt and insecurities" and that "When your parents split up, it's impossible to delude yourself about fairytale romance and happy endings." Source: Hollywood.com

Born:

William Bradley Pitt: December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Brad Pitt was raised in Springfield, Missouri.

Jennifer Joanna Aniston: February 11, 1969 in Sherman Oaks, California. Jennifer was raised in Greece and New York City.

How Jennifer and Brad Met:

Brad and Jennifer met on a blind date in the spring of 1998. The date was set up by their agents.
"After spending two years living with the actor Tate Donovan, they split it 1998 and her agent thought it would be a good move to set her up on a blind date –- who transpired to be Brad Pitt."
Source: "Jennifer Aniston Biography." TheBiographyChannel.co.uk.

"Why he couldn't pick up the phone and ask her out himself is unclear. But he didn't. Instead, the first date between Pitt, 38, and Aniston, 33, was brokered in '98 by their reps."
Source: "Hello Love." People.com. 7/15/2002.

Wedding Date and Information:

Brad and Jennifer's $1 million wedding on July 29, 2000, included a flower-bedecked canopy at a Malibu mansion owned by TV producer Marcy Carsey.

During the ceremony, Jennifer vowed to make Brad's favorite banana split and Brad promised to find a balance on the thermostat.

Brad and Jennifer had 200 guests, over 50,000 flowers, a gospel choir, four bands, and fireworks at their wedding reception. They served lobster and champagne.

Their wedding rings were designed by Brad Pitt and were matching white gold bands decorated with small diamonds.

Wedding guests included the cast of "Friends", Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer, along with Cameron Diaz, Melissa Etheridge, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.

Wedding Attire:

Aniston's wedding dress was designed by Lawrence Steele. It was a full length white silk tulle halter dress studded with tiny pearls.

Jennifer wore sandals designed by Manolo Blahnik that were ivory suede with tiny ankle straps and double bows.

Pitt's dinner jacket was designed by Hedi Slimane. Brad wore a straight tie.

The bridesmaids wore pale green silk chiffon tunics over off-white silk slips.

Previous Marriages:

None for either Brad or Jennifer. Brad was engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow on December 20, 1996. The couple ended their engagement in June, 1997.

Education and Occupations:

Brad attended the University of Missouri, majoring in journalism with a focus on advertising. He left college before graduating, and became a successful actor. Brad also has an interest in architecture.

Jennifer attended New York's High School of the Performing Arts. She is a successful actress.

Children:

None.

Pets:

Brad had five dogs while married to Jennifer.

Residences:

Brad and Jennifer lived in a $1.7 million, 14,0000 square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

In May 2013, she purchased a 8,500 square-foot, $2 million home in Bel Air, California. The home includes a vineyard, a wine cellar, a pool, and a separate guest house.

Quotes About the Pitt/Aniston Marriage:

Brad and Jennifer on their separation: "We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another."

Brad: "The thing with our marriage is that there was an opening in the Hollywood couple slot, and unfortunately we've fallen into it. Which I don't like very much ... It doesn't leave us room to be human, to make our mistakes and have our struggles."
Source: "Pitt and Aniston announce split." BBC.co.uk. 1/08/2005.

Separation and Divorce Timeline:

10/02/05: The divorce of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston was finalized on October 2, 2005. Their 10,000+ square foot Beverly Hills home has been placed on the market for $28 million. The home was designed by Wallace Neff for actor Fredric March in the 1930s.
Source: ABC News.

08/22/05: Citing irreconcilable differences, dissolution papers were filed with a Los Angeles court by the couple on August 19, 2005. The court documents note that Jennifer Aniston's maiden name will be restored.

In the midst of the divorce rumors, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had been romantically linked for several months.

04/14/05: Blaming her unhappy childhood for the problems in her own marriage to Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston also admitted that her negative attitude played a role in the breakdown of their marriage.

Aniston's parents had a stormy marriage relationship that ended in divorce. Aniston was quoted as saying that she during her marriage she often felt "fear, mistrust, doubt and insecurities" and that "When your parents split up, it's impossible to delude yourself about fairytale romance and happy endings."
Source: Hollywood.com

03/25/05: In Los Angeles, Jennifer Aniston filed a divorce petition in Superior Court. The divorce petition cited irreconcilable differences and requests that Aniston could have her maiden name restored.

03/09/05: Brad returned home to Jen and the pair began marriage counseling.
Source: News.com

01/07/05: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced they were separating. Reasons for the couple's split appeared to be difficult schedules and disagreement on whether or not to have children. A divorce wasn't mentioned in their statement.

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