‘Little things’ make a relationship count – take a cue from Angelina Jolie
The Brangelina romance was under much scrutiny and spotlight right from the time their movie Mr and Mrs Smith released. There were whispers about the chemistry the two shared on screen, and the buzz was that all was not well with Brad and his wife of five years, Jennifer Aniston. Soon enough, the couple announced their separation and legally divorced shortly after the movie was out and even before this relationship was done and dusted, Brad Pitt was romancing the leggy and edgy Angelina Jolie – sending the rumour mills into a right tizzy.
Words such as ‘affair’ and ‘extramarital’ were thrown around as the couple’s relationship grew deeper and therefore more publicised, however, truth be told, they are one of Hollywood strongest pairs yet. They have six children together, three biological and three adopted. They have been together for eight years now and are engaged but yet to be married – though that is another area of great speculation, with Jolie denying they are already married and news reports of Brad Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston and fiancé Justin Theroux delaying their own nuptials till Brangelina tie the knot.
So what really makes a marriage tick? Why did Brad and Jennifer head to the divorce courts after five years and how is it that the same man is celebrating almost eight years of togetherness with someone else? Brad and Angelina did not get married – perhaps that kept their relationship ‘fresh’? Or was it because they were more expressive of how much they loved each other – by doing little things to make each other feel special? We believe it might be the latter. Over the years there have been little nuggets of information about how Angelina Jolie keeps giving her beau various things, to keep that spark alive.
Of course, given the amount of money the pair have, it is possible for Angie to spend extravagantly on romantic gestures and gifts for her lover. Recently, it was revealed that Angelina had food flash-frozen and shipped all the way to LA from UK. Apparently, Mr Pitt was craving his favourite curry from a particular restaurant in Surrey and Angelina, who was in London for the G8 Summit, where she was going to discuss violence against women in the Congo and Rwanda, decided to honour his wishes. She had a large order of lamb bhuna, chicken tikka and chicken korma shipped to her home in LA where she had her bodyguard and son Maddox pick it up for Pitt. She also included Indian branded beer such as Kingfisher and Cobra to the package, and we can imagine just how kicked Pitt was to have his cravings satisfied.
Angelina has splurged on Pitt in this manner many a time in the past – she purportedly gifted Brad a diamond pendant with a microscopic version of a love note that she had written for him in 2011. She has also given him a waterfall – a real, California waterfall, which the couple have decided to build a house over, a 200 year old tree and a helicopter worth USD 1.6 million coupled with flying lessons in the past.
In comparison to such thoughtful gestures, Brad has not quite matched up to his lady love. Indeed, it was reported that for Valentine’s Day this year, he gave her a pack of Eatwhatever breath mints – as a joke. Friends of the couple have said that Brad always teases Jolie about her bad breath and this was a ‘gag’ gift to make her laugh – the customary bling is definitely on its way. Well, points to Pitt for ensuring he gave Jolie something that was sugar and gluten free, as well as vegan to boot! However we hope Pitt will pull up his socks with regard to gifts after the couple are married – which they claim, will be this year.
So why not take a leaf out of Jolie’s book – not Brad’s. Showering your other half with gifts is a very good way to keep your relationship sparkling. It doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, a small token of love is all that is needed to convey your feelings. After all, not everyone has the money that Angelina has and very few of us would be able to afford shipping food half way across the world just to satisfy a lover’s craving. But we can, perhaps, cook a favourite dish, take him/her out to a much loved eatery, buy a small, silly gift – all for no reason; it is all about showing the other person that you care about them enough to keep their smallest desires in mind- just like Jolie!