Did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie manage to pull off the impossible — a secret wedding in Hollywood? During a trip to a rescue camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week, Pitt's 37-year-old fiancee was spotted with some mysterious new bling on her ring finger: a simple gold band where her giant platinum engagement sparkler used to be.
The Maleficent actress and special envoy of the United Nations' refugee agency is currently in Africa with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to raise awareness of warzone rape in the Congo and Rwanda. On Monday, March 25, she visited a rescue camp to meet with survivors of sexual violence.
Jolie, who has six kids with longtime love Pitt, pledged last year to devote more time to her humanitarian work. "I wake up in the morning as a mom, and I turn on the news like everybody else, and I see what's happening," she said. "I want to be part of the world in a positive way."
The star noted that her family played a large part in her desire to help others. She and Pitt adopted three of their children from other countries and have made a concerted effort to stay connected to those cultures.
And to each other, of course. Last spring, after seven years together, the World War Z actor popped the question with a ring he designed himself — an emerald-cut diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds, estimated to be around 16 carats total and worth approximately $500,000.
The A-list couple had said previously that they wouldn't wed until the ban on gay marriage was reversed, but in January 2012, Pitt hinted that they had changed their minds. "We'd actually like to," he told The Hollywood Reporter of tying the knot, "and it seems to mean more and more to our kids."
"We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to do it till everyone can. But I don't think we'll be able to hold out," he continued. "It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment."