Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have finally tied the knot after nine years together at a secret wedding in the south of France.
Described as a “family affair” with their six children, the A-list Oscar winners were married by a US judge on Saturday in a small chapel at Chateau Miraval, in the picturesque village of Correns, a spokeswoman for the couple said.
George Clooney was among the celebrity friends to congratulate them. “I’m really happy for Brad and Angie and their whole family,” said the 53-year-old veteran bachelor, who announced his own engagement in April.
Jolie was walked down the aisle by her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Daughters Zahara and Vivienne threw petals, while the couple’s other two children, Shiloh and Knox, were the ring bearers.
“It was very much a family affair,” the spokeswoman said in a statement on Thursday.
Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39, obtained a marriage licence in California from a local US judge who travelled to France to conduct the wedding, which was described as a “non-denominational civil ceremony”.
Pitt was photographed on Thursday wearing a gold band on his left ring finger during an event in Britain to promote his new World War II film Fury, in which he plays a battle-hardened army sergeant.
He and Jolie fell in love on the set of 2005 action film Mr & Mrs Smith – spawning the media phenomenon of “Brangelina” that has dominated celebrity journalism and the tabloids ever since.
Earlier this year, Jolie told People Magazine that she and Pitt were “not really in a rush” to get married, adding: “We’re just waiting for it to be the right time with the kids, with work, when it feels right.”
Jolie – the daughter of Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight – will be hoping to make it third time lucky: she was previously married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
The actress revealed last year that she had had a double mastectomy to reduce her high risk of breast cancer, garnering widespread support and praise.
Pitt was previously married to Friends star Jennifer Aniston – a Hollywood super-pairing that fizzled out about the same time as Pitt met Jolie.
The supercouple are now working on By the Sea, their first on-screen appearance together since Mr & Mrs Smith. The movie is to be filmed in Malta.
Their children are Maddox, 13; Pax, 11; Zahara, 9; Shiloh, 8; and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. Maddox, Pax and Zahara are adopted.
Pop culture expert Robert Thompson said the couple were just cementing their role as a Hollywood super couple. “It should be called Brand-gelina,” he said, adding: “They are in a category of their own.”
Jolie once delighted gossip columnists by declarations of bisexuality and quirky behaviour such as wearing a vial of Thornton’s blood around her neck during their 2000-03 marriage.
The red carpet darling is now however better known for her humanitarian work than for her tabloid-ready comments.
Jolie long served as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In 2012, she was promoted to special envoy and has visited refugees around the world, from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
More recently, she has been a vocal advocate for victims of sexual violence in war zones, co-hosting a global summit on conflict rape in June in London.
Of her life with Pitt and their children, Jolie told People in May: “We’ve been through so much, we’ve gotten a lot closer, which I think naturally happens with raising a family together.
“You have this person you live with who really knows you, and you know them so well. You’re not lovers or boyfriend and girlfriend as much as you are a family,” she added.