Brad, who? Angelina Jolie‘s been keeping a low profile lately. But she hasn’t been hiding out alone. Besides spending quality time with her six kids, the actress has been secretly dating — and she’s gotten intensely serious about one man in particular.
“There’s a millionaire British philanthropist who she’s been quietly seeing for over a year now,” a close friend reveals. “Gradually, their romance blossomed into real love.” Now she’s ready to take the next step with her mystery man: down the aisle! Life & Style has exclusively learned that Angelina is planning to marry husband No. 4 this summer in London. She’s taking all the necessary steps, pushing to finalize her divorce from Brad Pitt and moving their six kids to the UK a few months before the ceremony. “She’s decided to marry her wealthy beau as soon as the ink is dry on the divorce from Brad,” the friend says. “In fact, Angie’s so in love that she was the one to propose!”
The timing couldn’t be better. Angelina, 42, is scheduled to be in her fiancé’s home country from April until August to film Maleficent 2 and to fulfill her duties as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. That will allow her to be in England long enough to do some hands-on wedding planning. And kids Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 9, are happy to be a part of it. “While they love Brad, the children really like wedding and are incredibly excited about Angelina marrying again,” an insider shares. “They’ll be heavily involved in putting together the ceremony, which Angie is hoping to hold in late July or early August at the mansion the family’s renting outside of London. Pax has already called dibs on providing the music and overseeing the baking of the cake for the reception!”
Her brood isn’t just helping organize the “I do’s”. They’re also being eyed for starring roles. “Angelina’s thinking of having Zahara andVivasbridesmaids, and decided that Shiloh should walk her down the aisle,” says the insider. Though Pax asked to remain behind the scenes, Knox will be a ring bearer and Maddox will serve as the groom’s best man. “Maddox wants to play a crucial role,” the insider says. “In some ways, he feels like the man of the family now.”
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When Brad’s not around, that is. Angie and the actor, 54, were together for 11 years, and married for two, before she blindsided him by filing for divorce in September 2016 after an altercation between Brad and Maddox on a private plane. While months of court-ordered therapy, supervised visitation and tense custody talks followed, the exes are in a good place now — and Brad has actually given the summer wedding his blessing. “He will probably be left off the wedding guest list, but Brad’s told pals that Angie deserves happiness even if it’s not with him,” the insider says. “He’s just thrilled about her getting ready to sign off on the divorce so that he can get on with his life as well.”