Revisit the Romantic Ghosts of Brangelina’s Past

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It’s hard to think back to the days before “Brangelina” was a thing. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who tied the knot over the weekend amid friends and family in France, have been together for about a decade and are raising six children together. And though the beginning of their relationship was fraught with scandal — they met and fell in love on the set of 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, when Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston — the waters have appeared, to admiring fans at any rate, to be smooth ever since.

Still, before they came together, Pitt and Jolie had some rocky romances over the years — some strange (Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina’s wearing each other’s blood in vials), some irritating (Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad’s matching hairstyles), and some forgotten (Brad Pitt dated Robin Givens?).

Here’s a gallery that raises a glass to the phrase, what’s past is prologue.

Actors Brad Pitt and Robin Givens pose for a portrait circa 1989 in Los Angeles, California.
Brad Pitt and Robin Givens dated after he had a small role on her sitcom Head of Class. Taken in 1989 by Mike Tyson during his divorce from Givens. Vinnie Zuffante—Archive Photos/Getty Images
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jill Schoelen attend the "Hurlyburly" Play Performance on January 15, 1989 at Westwood Playhouse in Westwood, California.
Pitt was briefly engaged to actress Dorothy Schoelen after the two co-starred on Cutting Class before breaking it off in 1989.Ron Galella—WireImage/Getty Images
Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis in a scene from the film 'Kalifornia' in 1993.
Pitt and Juliette Lewis in Kalifornia. The two began dating in 1990 when Lewis was 16, and were engaged before breaking things off in 1993.Hulton Archive—Getty Images
Brad Pitt And Girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow At The Premiere Of "Oblivion" In Los Angeles, California on July 11, 1995.
Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow began seeing each other while filming Se7en in the pre-Goop era of 1995. The couple also got engaged but broke up 2 years later. Tammie Arroyo—Getty Images
Photographers work behind a rope as American actor Brad Pitt escorts his wife, American actress Jennifer Aniston, during red carpet arrivals for the screening of German director Wolfang Petersen's "Troy" at the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 13, 2004.
Pitt and Jennifer Aniston met in 1998 and tied the knot it a private Malibu ceremony in 2000. The "it" couple proved they weren't perfect and divorced in 2005.Eric Gaillar—Reuters/Corbis
Jonny Lee Miller And Angelina Jolie In 'HackersaJonny Lee Miller shakes the hand of Angelina Jolie in a scene from the film 'Hackers' in 1995.
Angelina Jolie married Hackers costar Johnny Lee Miller in 1996 while wearing a shirt with his name scrawled in blood. The two separated in 1997 and divorced in 1999.Archive Photos/Getty Images
Model Jenny Shimizu on the runway at John Bartlett's fall 2010 show on Feb. 10, 2010.
Jolie then had a relationship with model Jenny Shimizu on the set of Foxfire in 1996.Fairchild Photo Service/Condé Nast/Corbis
Newly married Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie pose for a photographer outside Jerry''s Famous Deli on June 3, 2000 in Studio City, CA.
Angelina and ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton used to wear each others' blood in vials around their necks when they were together.Eric Ford—Getty Images
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony at the Konzerthaus Am Gendarmenmarkt during day five of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2012 in Berlin.
Brad and Angelina fell in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005 but didn't marry for another decade.Pascal Le Segretain—Getty Images

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