Jolie, Pitt say no wedding bells, yet

“The focus is the kids, and we are obviously extremely committed to the children and as parents together,” Jolie, 30, told a news conference for local journalists at a hotel in the Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund. “So that kind of says it for us, and to have a ceremony on top of it is nothing.” It was the couple’s first public appearance since Jolie gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27. No photos were allowed of the little Shiloh Novel Pitt at the couple’s first media briefing, which was attended, by First Lady Penexupifo Pohamba, Minister of Gender Equality Marlene Mungunda and other government officials. The couple sold rights to images of the baby through American company Getty Images photo agency, saying proceeds would be donated to a charity, not yet named. No foreign media was invited but the paparazzi could not stop as People magazine paid a reported $4 million for the right to release the pictures in North America, while Hello! Magazine obtained British rights. The embargo on the images was broken when two Web sites posted an apparent image of the front cover of Hello! People and Hello! launched legal action last Wednesday against the Web sites to prevent publication of the Hello! cover before the celebrity magazine was to go on sale that very day in Britain. Asked about the possibilities of a wedding, Jolie said bringing up their children would enjoy priority and with there now being three of them, it would take some juggling to devote quality time to their family and their careers. It is the couple’s intention that the family stay together even when one of them is working on a film. Angelina Jolie will be working on her new film Oceans 13 soon. In their two months in Namibia, Maddox made friends with San children at Harnas Farm, a (private) sanctuary for wild animals near Gobabis, and even though they couldn’t communicate, they had an “extraordinary time”, said Brad. Angelina is the patron of the farm and has spent a lot of time there, apparently without Namibia and the world knowing that she was here. The couple would not say exactly when they were leaving Namibia, but Angelina said they would only be staying a “few more days before returning to the United States”. “My mother’s dying to see the baby. She’ll kill me if I don’t take her to see her soon,” said Angelina. Angelina’s mother lives in France and is said to be in ill health.

June 2006
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