Angelina Jolie dishes the less romantic details of her marriage to Brad Pitt

Lesson learnt: fairytale weddings and elaborate ceremonies do not make a good marriage

By Shantila Lee | Published: 5 Nov 2015

Keeping it real
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Everyone has always oohed and aahed about Angelina Jolie marrying Brad Pitt, from the fact that she snagged the most ineligible man on the planet to the small wedding ceremony in France (how drenched in romance does that sound). But according to Ange, the legal part of their nuptials was way less romantic and it wasn't the actual wedding that mattered to her.

In an interview with the New York Times to promote By The Sea, a film written and directed by Angelina, and co-starring Brad Pitt, she revealed how she really felt. "It was just a nice thing," said Angelina when asked about the wedding in France. "For me, the big moment was when [we] signed the [joint adoption] papers for Maddox and Zahara. That was a decision to parent together, to commit to being a part of each other’s lives for the rest of my life. So [marriage] wasn’t close in comparison. In a way, it was very casual."

"The ceremony was in France, but we had to do things legally in California," she adds. "One day I was in the edit room, and [Brad] was doing something and an assistant said, “You have to sign some papers.” So we came back and between meetings we were told, “Here’s your license.” Then someone said, “The judge is outside.” We both said, “What do you mean, the judge is outside?” Then the judge came in, this lovely guy, and at some point, Brad said, “Shouldn’t we be standing up?” The judge said, “No.” Then suddenly we realised we were married, in the most unceremonial way possible."

Two things that made us go awww and believe again in love, marriage and happily ever after, minus all fairytale-inspired bells and whistles.

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