Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie's Wedding Rumors Challenged (Updated)
Preparations for a big bash at the Hollywood power couple's French chateau, plus the arrival of Pitt's parents and their LA jeweler, may - or may not - translate to wedding bells.
Are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally tying the knot? That's what the increasing hullabaloo on their South of France estate -- Chateau Miraval -- indicates to the media. But other sources say no wedding is happening this weekend.
Some have speculated that the bash is for Pitt's parents, Jane and Bill, but with Angelina’s jeweler there, it seems likely that it is something more. George Clooney, who lives in Lake Cuomo in Italy, is said to be flying in for the occasion.
Our sources on the ground say there is large tent outside the Chateau. “It’s really happening," one source says.
But not so fast say other sources. Var Matin, the local newspaper for Correns, dismissed talk of a wedding this weekend. The newspaper speculates the wedding will take place Aug. 18.
People reported that "multiple sources" also told the the magazine that no wedding was planned for this weekend.
The couple's engagement was revealed in April by The Hollywood Reporter. After the engagement went public, construction for a large hall began at their Provence estate. Aerial images of the chateau and grounds in February showed a large white building being erected next to a quaint chapel.
The 1,000-acre estate -- a reported $54 million investment -- is the perfect spot for a secluded family wedding. The security is always tight around the estate, but has gotten even tighter in recent weeks: We're talking armed guards, security cameras, the works.
Despite the media speculation, Patrick Mareschi, deputy culture secretary of the nearby village of Correns, has told Reuters: "Under French law, couples have to get married at the town hall. Unlike with a religious wedding, there's no way a couple can hold a civil ceremony at their own home."
But applying for a marriage license in the States or in France would set off major media alarms. And it makes perfect sense to have a private and protected wedding on their estate.
Angelina has been married twice before: first to British actor Jonny Lee Miller from 1996-99, then to Billy Bob Thornton from 2000-03. Brad's marriage to Jennifer Aniston lasted five years before they announced they were divorcing in early 2005.
The power couple known as Brangelina quickly amassed a family of six children: Maddox, 10; Pax, 8; Zahara, 7; Shiloh, 5; and twins Knox and Vivienne, 3.
Although they've insisted that they would not wed until the U.S. legalization of same-sex marriage, Brad admitted during the Cannes Film Festival in May that they've been under increasing pressure from their children. At the time, he maintained that they had not set a date. Angelina also has said that their brood has asked why the parents aren't married -- like Shrek and Fiona.
"We've explained to them that our commitment, when we decided to start a family, was the greatest commitment you could possibly have," she said recently during an interview with ABC News. "Once you have six children, you're committed."