Brangelina's Marriage Is None of Our Business

by Kadeen Griffiths

If you're like me, then you spend most of your time obsessively stalking the lives of celebrities on the Internet. Of course, I'm getting paid to do it and you have no excuse so I can claim the moral high ground here, but that doesn't change the fact that other people's lives, especially when they are rich and famous, are endlessly more fascinating than my own. Such is the case with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who shocked the world by getting married in 2014 after being together for nearly a decade, and have since been having a working honeymoon during which they are filming Behind the Sea together with Jolie as director. In her Vanity Fair interview, Jolie opened up about her marriage to Pitt, but you'll notice something familiar about her words. Since getting married, Pitt and Jolie have been nothing but circumspect about their new-old relationship and, honestly, that's the right way to go.

To date, here are the bare scraps that the two actors have tossed the public's way about their life as a newly married couple. Pitt was the first to open up about the shift in their relationship, stating in late September during an interview with GQ that marriage "isn't just a title. There's more to it than that." In mid-October, when asked what his kids thought about him and Jolie finally being husband and wife, Pitt thoughtfully responded with a simple, "They like it." Now Jolie has thrown her own words into the mix and all she said in her interview with Vanity Fair was, "It does feel different. It feels nice to be husband and wife."

Marriage isn't just a title. It feels nice to be husband and wife. Well, that's all deep and descriptive. I feel so much closer to Jolie and Pitt's marriage hearing about it from their own mouths than I ever did reading lengthy accounts given through general observation or the word of sources. Even their public statement to AP declaring that the wedding had taken place was short, sweet, and to the point:

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the couple confirmed to The Associated Press that they wed Saturday in a private ceremony in Southern France. The representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to be quoted by name, said Jolie and Pitt exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval in the Provence hamlet of Correns.

The fact of the matter is that we know a lot more about Jolie and Pitt's relationship than, occasionally, we even wanted to know. For example, I'm still trying to forget that memorable interview in which Jolie revealed she and Pitt had had sex with the Maleficent horns on. However, Pitt and Jolie haven't even been married for a full six months yet and, what's more, they have been together and strong as a couple for years prior to the wedding. Could it be that they resent the idea that actually being called husband and wife would have changed anything between them, really? Could it be that the marriage is still too new for them to talk openly about it the way they do about everything else? Did they just sit down with the kids at the kitchen table and have a family meeting about how to talk about the marriage while giving as few details as humanly possible?

Perhaps Behind the Sea has some influence on their recalcitrance as well. Jolie has spoken openly about how many people find it funny or bizarre or confusing that she is choosing to spend her honeymoon filming a movie with her husband about a married couple whose relationship is falling apart. Perhaps she doesn't want to invite any more comparisons that than those that will already be drawn between her relationship with Pitt and the on-screen relationship between their two characters. Whatever their reasoning, I can't say I blame them for wanting to keep things to themselves during this adjustment period. It might be time we respect their wishes and just stop asking.