Rumors of Brangelina's Pea in a Pod: Finally, True

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Thursday, January 12, 2006

At certain watershed moments, one often looks back to discern the inevitable march of history along which destiny's hand has guided us unsuspecting to this very place . . .

At least that's kinda how we felt yesterday, hearing that Angelina Jolie is pregnant with Brad Pitt 's child.

Jan. 7, 2005: Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announce their separation after 4 1/2 years of marriage, deny tabloid speculation about Aniston's supposed reluctance to have children and Pitt's rumored fling with Jolie.

February: Jolie speculation fades when a little-known model tells tabloids she spent three wild days with Pitt in Greece. Pitt denies knowing her, and she later retracts the story.

March : Pitt and Jolie keep a strategic distance while promoting "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" at a Vegas theater owners' convention; Aniston files for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences."

April: A paparazzo snaps photos of Pitt and Jolie on a beach in Kenya playing with her adopted son, Maddox .

May: In a Marie Claire interview, Jolie denies having slept with Pitt; cynics note the long lead time on those magazine cover stories. Meanwhile, the two pose as husband and wife in a kitschy 60-page spread in the June issue of W; the mag says the photo shoot was Pitt's idea.

June: The two avoid posing for photos together at the premieres of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," which debuts at No. 1 and goes on to gross $186 million in the United States. The New York Post reports Jolie is pregnant. ("She's just in her first trimester," an unnamed "well-placed industry source" tells the paper.) The phrase "Brangelina" enters common parlance.

July: Jolie tells reporters, "I am not pregnant" at a Live 8 concert in Cornwall, England, the same day Pitt attends a Live 8 concert in London. Later that month, Jolie brings Maddox and newly adopted Ethiopian daughter Zahara for an extended stay at Pitt's Malibu estate.

August: In a Vanity Fair interview, Aniston gets teary-eyed over rumors of a Jolie pregnancy. She and Pitt hire a retired judge to handle their divorce privately. While Jolie films a movie in New York, Pitt is spotted baby-sitting Maddox and Zahara, a baby bottle in his back pocket.

September: Pitt and Jolie attend the Clinton Global Initiative Forum but maintain a distance. Later that month, they are spotted together motorcycling in Edmonton, Canada.

October: The divorce is final.

November: Pitt and Jolie go increasingly public -- dining at Georgetown's Cafe Milano, where they schmooze with Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones , then attending the gala opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. They embark on a humanitarian mission to Pakistan's earthquake zone. Pregnancy rumors heat up again.

December: Pitt, 42, files petition to adopt Maddox and Zahara.

Jan. 11, 2006: People magazine reports that Jolie, 30, told a charity aid worker in the Dominican Republic, "Yes, I am pregnant," and that she is due this summer. Publicists for the couple confirm, which, we guess, means they're an item.

Mercury Rising: The Abramoff Diet

We knew ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff struggled with his weight. Now we know one reason why -- the poor guy never found the right diet. During one of his thin periods a few years back, he told a reporter friend of ours that he'd tried an all-sushi diet. (Is that kosher? Not the ebi .) Worked great -- the pounds fell off -- until his doctor discovered the mercury levels in his blood had rocketed off the charts and he had to give it up. A spokesman for Abramoff said he had no comment.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Vice President Cheney and Don Rumsfeld at Clyde's of Gallery Place on Tuesday night. The veep and defense secretary took their wives to a Department of Defense dinner at the recently opened branch of the restaurant, creating quite the security fuss in Chinatown -- many black sedans, men with earpieces. Upstairs in the private Piedmont Room, they nibbled on hors d'oeuvres (crab cakes, smoked salmon and dim sum) and then enjoyed Maryland crab soup and New York strip steaks.

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