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See the First Photo That Confirmed Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Relationship

The photo that changed everything.

Back when life was a beach. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt — she filed for divorce on Monday, September 19 — were the source of much speculation at the very beginning of their relationship … until one photo changed that.

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On April 19, 2005, Us Weekly exclusively published a picture of the two vacationing on Diani Beach, Kenya, with Jolie Pitt’s son, Maddox. Maddox, then 3, frolicked in the sand as Pitt handed him a bucket and a barefoot Jolie Pitt held a red shovel during a three-day vacation.

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“Maddox would hang out with Brad and followed him wherever he went,” a witness on Diani Beach told Us. “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.”

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Angelina Jolie Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt Steve Granitz/WireImage

At the time, Jolie Pitt, 41, and Pitt, 52, denied their romance following Pitt’s split with then wife Jennifer Aniston. But the Mr. & Mrs. Smith costars allowed themselves to pack on the PDA while they thought no one was looking. “They wrapped their arms around each other [at the pool] and shared a long, passionate kiss,” a source told Us.

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The couple went on to wed in August 2014. Jolie Pitt, who shares Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8, with her ex, is asking for physical custody of the children, according to TMZ. But despite the drama, the By the Sea actress is at peace with the split. She “feels like a weight has been lifted,” a source tells Us. “This has been coming for some time. This is a very difficult period for the family.”  

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