How Brad Pitt proposed

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in January.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in January.

Family is important to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie so it's no surprise their six children were involved in Brad's proposal.

Brad's manager confirmed the couple were engaged last week and details have now emerged about how Brad popped the question.

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The 48-year-old actor reportedly told Angelina, 36, that he had a surprise for her. He then gathered their children — Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, five, and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — before presenting Angelina with a small box.

The actress is said to have burst into tears when she realised Brad was proposing. The children hugged her as she put the custom-made $250,000 diamond ring on, and then waited patiently as she showed it to each one individually.

"Angelina cried and smiled," a source told gossip blogger Perez Hilton. "Everyone hugged once she put on. She went around and showed it to each of the kids."

Brad and Angelina have repeatedly spoken about their children's desire to see them tie the knot.

They initially planned to make a political statement by waiting until gay marriage became legal in the US to wed, but said their kids were becoming increasingly desperate to seem them walk down the aisle.

"[Marriage] means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot," Angelina said in a recent interview. "And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment."

Angelina and Brad fell in love on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005, with Brad leaving his then-wife Jennifer Aniston shortly afterwards.

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It will be Angelina's third marriage. She divorced her first husband Jonny Lee Miller in 1999, and her second Billy Bob Thornton in 2003. Brad has been married just once before, to Aniston, whom he divorced in 2005.

Your say: How did your man pop the question?

Video: Angelina Jolie's $250,000 engagement ring up close

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