Brad Pitt About Angelina Jolie: "A Secret of Love"

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Photo © Getty Images

A message and email, purportedly written by actor Brad Pitt, began circulating on the Internet in 2012. In it, Pitt supposedly explains how his effusive demonstration of affection returned an ailing wife to health. The message received so much attention, Pitt's representative finally felt compelled to respond to questions about its authenticity. The email or post typically read:

My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and children. She lost 30 pounds and weighted about 90 pounds. She got very skinny and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs. She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the mornings and got tired very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of a break up. Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role. I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon… But then I decided to act. After all I’ve got the most beautiful woman on earth. She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her. I began to shower her with flowers, kisses and compliments. I surprised and pleased her every minute. I gave her a lot of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends. You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became better. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and loved me even more than ever. I had no clue that she CAN love that much.
And then I realized one thing: the woman is the reflection of her man.
If you love her to the point of madness, she will become it.
Brad Pitt


"My wife got sick," Brad Pitt supposedly says in the opening of this essay he supposedly wrote, but here's the thing: when the text first appeared, Brad Pitt didn't have a wife. He divorced Jennifer Aniston in 2005 and started a family with Angelina Jolie the following year, but they had not, as of 2012 when "A Secret of Love" went viral on the Internet, gotten married. When the couple announced their engagement in April of that year, this paean to Pitt's "wife" had already been circulating for at least a month.

Who did write it remains a mystery. The earliest posting of it I've found is dated March 21, 2012, and already credits the text to Pitt.

Lest there be any doubt as to his alleged authorship, according to a representative for Brad Pitt confirmed he had nothing to do with writing or disseminating the piece. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wed on August 23, 2014. In September 2016, Ms. Jolie filed for divorce. 

Sources and Further Reading​

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Announce Engagement
BBC News, 13 April 2012

A Secret of Love - Brad Pitt, 25 September 2013