Photos first emerged of Brangelina’s secret French wedding yesterday in a world exclusive on the covers of both Hello! and People magazines.
After it was first revealed their wedding had taken place at Chateau Miraval the weekend prior, the hunt was on for photographic evidence.
Luckily, although they kept the event a secret on the actual big day, Brad and Ange documented everything in photo-form and were willing to share that with world – albeit at a price!
The exact amount raised from the sale of the nine wedding photos to the two magazines has not been revealed, but it is believed to number in the hundreds of thousands of dollars – per title.
With their highly successful Hollywood careers, there is of course of need for Brad and Ange to keep all the profits themselves. Instead, they requested that all funds be donated to their Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation. The foundation was established in 2006 to assist with humanitarian crises around the world.
The website for the Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation states that it is: “committed to environmental security, creating peace and stability in all communities by planning and implementing interventions that prevent negative environmental changes. Working with impoverished rural villagers and local governments to alleviate food insecurities and increase access to basic primary healthcare and education.”
This isn't the first time Brad and Ange have capitalised on the public interest in their family. When their biological children Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox were born, and when they adopted their son Pax, they also sold the photo rights and put the money towards charity.
In an interview with NPR magazine in 2011, Brad explained their choices to sell the photos as a means to maintain some control of who exactly profits from the pictures:
“We have to plan an escape every day just to get out of the house — kind of a Mission Impossible with decoys, and that’s the life we live in, and that’s the one we asked for. But we knew there was a bounty on our head … and we know the lengths they go to to get that shot. So we figured, ‘Let’s cut it off in the beginning,’ and instead of that money going to people I do not respect, we would make some good out of it.”
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