UPDATE: Brad Pitt‘s manager has confirmed this engagement news as TRUE! Read below for his full statement!!
According to a man named Robert Procop, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged to be married. How does does he know this? Well, he designed the phat diamond ring that she is wearing on her left hand (reportedly with help from Brad Pitt) and he claims to have first hand knowlege that the couple are engaged. Procop‘s publicist released an official statement today breaking the news about this engagement ring, which will surely make Brangelina very happy (whether they are actually engaged or not). Read below the statement released by Ropcop‘s publicist and see if YOU believe that Angelina and Brad are gettin’ hitched at last.
Robert Procop, The Beverly Hills jeweler and former CEO of Asprey & Garrard (the British jewelry company to the English royal family), confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that he’s designed an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie. A rep for the jeweler says, “I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt.” Jolie was seen wearing the ring two nights ago on April 11 at a private viewing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Chinese Galleries. Jolie attended the small gathering with Pitt as well as their son Pax. Neither the ring nor the engagement has been confirmed by Jolie’s representatives at this time, who could not immediately be reached for comment. Procop tells THR: “Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration. He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suite Angelina’s hand. Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encirlce her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality.” If Pitt and Jolie truly are engaged — long long hinted at by every tabloid and weekly imaginable — it makes sense that Procop would be the designer who created the ring with Pitt. Procop’s “The Style of Jolie” jewelry collection on his website was designed with the star, and she’s worn a multitude of his pieces on the red carpet, including to this year’s Producer’s Guild Awards. The first funds from Procop’s collaboration with Jolie have been dedicated to the Education Paratnership for Children in Conflict to build a school in Afghanistan. Procop also created pieces of jewelry for Angelina for The Tourist.
HMMM. Stories like this … you never know what to believe. On the one hand, my gut reaction is no … this jeweler is just trying to get some surefire publicity by releasing a statement like this. On the other hand, if he truly has worked with Angelina Jolie before … he could be a very trusted friend and perhaps the couple are allowing him to break their happy news? Who knows. At this point, we only have one guy telling one story. I won’t really believe that the pair are engaged until they say so themselves. What do y’all think? Could Brangelina finally be ready to get married?
UPDATE: It’s TRUE! Brad Pitt‘s manager Cynthia Pett-Dante has released a statement confirming that this engagement news is true!!!
“Yes, it’s confirmed. It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There’s no date set at this time.”
Woot! NOW we can celebrate the happy news! I guess all the pressure that Brad and Angelina have been getting from their kids has inspired them to make their relationship more official. I also guess that the couple did allow their jeweler to break the news first (which likely means they got a sweet deal on that ring). I think this is fantastic news! I know many folks have been pulling for these two to get hitched for YEARS! Now that they are officially engaged, we have a big Brangelina wedding to look forward to. The question now becomes … when? Any guesses?