Hollywood's first couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie broke the news of their engagement only last week, but new reports reveal that Pitt had already proposed to his partner of seven years last Christmas itself.
And the reason for not making it official back then seems to be Jolie's directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey.
A source told BANG Showbiz, "Brad had the ring designed last year and made sure it was ready by Christmas because he wanted a romantic Christmas proposal - and he got it. They didn't announce their engagement sooner because Angie focused so much on promoting In the Land of Blood and Honey. She was very busy with the movie and her Oscar campaign. She also worried that the engagement would take over press on her film and detract from that.
"There was some negative press on Blood and Honey that bothered her a lot, and she didn't feel the timing was right. So they waited," the source told the website.
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The pair - who met on the set of their 2005 film Mr and Mrs Smith while Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston - have children Maddox, 10, Pax, nine, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, five and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - who are all said to be thrilled about the engagement.
Brad's spokeswoman Cynthia Pett-Dante told the site of their marriage plans: "It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There's no date set at this time."
Actress Angelina Jolie, sports an engagement ring as she and Brad Pitt, view works from the Chinese collection at the The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Robert Procop, The Communications Group