Flashback! See Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie's First Trip as a Couple

Celebrity News Apr. 13, 2012 AT 5:59PM
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Maddox Jolie-Pitt in Africa. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Maddox Jolie-Pitt in Africa. Credit: Infphoto.com

They famously fell in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004, but it wasn't until April 19, 2005, during a romantic three-day getaway, that photos confirmed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were indeed a couple.

In shots obtained exclusively by Us Weekly, Pitt and Jolie, then 41 and 29, rendezvoused at a villa on Diani Beach, Kenya -- nearly 10,000 miles away from Hollywood. They were joined by Jolie's son Maddox, then 3.

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"Maddox would hang out with Brad and followed him wherever he went," a witness on Diani Beach told Us at the time. "It was clear that Brad and Maddox have a close relationship -- they were joking around together. When Brad would talk to him, his face would light up and he'd giggle."

Though their reps denied they were a couple, the evidence was undeniable. At one point, while the stars were cooling off in their private pool, "they wrapped their arms around each other and shared long, passionate kiss," said a source. Later, Pitt rubbed sunblock on bikini-clad Jolie's shoulders. "It was like a sensual massage," the source added.

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When their trip ended, Jolie and her son headed to Ukunda airstrip; Pitt departed separately. "He is moving on with his life," a Pitt pal said of the actor, who had recently split with wife Jennifer Aniston, then 36.

Flash forward to April 11, 2012, when Jolie and Pitt -- now the proud parents of six children -- decided to finally take the plunge. Pitt, now 48, worked with jewelry designer Robert Procop to design the perfect engagement ring for his bride-to-be; Jolie, now 36, flaunted it during a private viewing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Chinese Galleries.

Angelina Jolie's engagement ring.
Angelina Jolie's engagement ring.
Credit: PRNewsFoto/The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Procop acquired "a diamond of the finest quality which was then transformed using Pitt's unique designs, cut with distinctive faceting to a shape and size that perfectly suits Angelina's long, slender fingers," a rep for the jewelry designer told Us.

Pitt's manager later confirmed the news, saying: "It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There's no date set at this time."

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Jolie's father, Jon Voight, 73, was elated to hear about his daughter's engagement. "I'm very happy for them," he told Us.

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