Brad Pitt may strike you as the ultimate Hollywood star. After all, ever since he shot to fame with a much-talked-about role in Thelma & Louise, he’s been at the forefront of the film world. And the fact that Pitt is frequently voted one of the most attractive men on the planet doesn’t hurt matters, either. But even though the actor has been in the spotlight for nearly 30 years now, there’s still one detail about his life that virtually everybody has missed.
More specifically, it’s all to do with Pitt’s romantic relationships. Unsurprisingly, he’s been linked with quite a lot of women over the decades, including the similarly starry Juliette Lewis, Thandie Newton, Christina Applegate, Geena Davis and Gwyneth Paltrow. And it’s safe to say that at least one of those liaisons earned plenty of headlines.
As you may know, Pitt was part of a famous and very highly-publicized love triangle in the aughts. Famously, in 2000, he married actress Jennifer Aniston, and for a while the two were seen as a golden couple. Pitt even guest-starred in Aniston’s smash-hit sitcom Friends, jokingly playing a character who hated hers. In 2005, though, the pair sadly divorced – and amid rumors that another woman was involved in the split.
That woman, of course, was Angelina Jolie – Pitt’s co-star in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and someone who is also considered one of the best-looking celebrities in the world. And although Jolie firmly denied that she and Pitt had been intimate while he was still married, the damage was done. Retailers even sold “Team Aniston” and “Team Jolie” T-shirts as a means of capitalizing on the burgeoning scandal.
In any case, Pitt and Jolie became an item before marrying in 2014 and settling down with their six kids. And from the outside, the couple dubbed “Brangelina” seemed to have it all. But suddenly, and shockingly, news broke that the two were divorcing. As often happens in such cases, “irreconcilable differences” was the reason given for the decision; it emerged, too, that Jolie wanted custody of the children.
At the time, there was speculation that Pitt had cheated on Jolie with his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard. And even though Cotillard was quick to deny this allegation, Page Six nonetheless claimed that a hired investigator had caught Pitt out during filming. Later on, insiders also indicated that Pitt and Jolie had fought over the parenting of their children.
Then, after some media investigation, it appeared that an incident with the eldest Pitt-Jolie child, Maddox, may have led to the split. Allegedly, Pitt had been drunk on board the private family plane when a row had taken place. And as a result of what had apparently transpired, Jolie had gone on to get Child Protective Services involved. Subsequently, though, the FBI confirmed that it would not file charges against Pitt following a review of the incident.
And after the divorce, Pitt’s love life seemed to flounder somewhat – even though he was linked to several women. At one point, there were even stories that he may be trying to make it work with Aniston again, as the actress herself had recently split from second husband Justin Theroux. But no – as it turns out, they were strictly amicable exes.
So, are there any aspects of Brad Pitt’s romantic relationships that haven’t been endlessly dissected in the media? Well, as it turns out, yes. In July 2018 Twitter user Sarah McGonagall posted an old news headline reading, “Brad: The man who likes to look like his girlfriend.” And she went on to turn that concept into a thread that eventually went viral.
The premise of the article suggested that whenever Pitt began seeing a new girlfriend, his hair and outfits would suddenly change to match hers. And, humorously, there was no shortage of evidence for this claim. Take the actor’s time with Gwyneth Paltrow, for instance.
Yes, in the 1990s, Pitt and Paltrow were a massively popular couple; at one point, they were even engaged to be married. And during that time, the two often appeared to dress in the same way and in the same colors. They even wore matching sunglasses on one occasion. But that’s definitely not all.
You see, Pitt’s haircut suddenly shifted to match Paltrow’s; when she got a cute pixie cut, he began showing off the male equivalent. And with the couple continuing to wear similar outfits and even sometimes sporting the same expression in public, they almost looked unsettlingly twin-like. Yet, apparently, there was an innocent enough explanation for the look.
One person on McGonagall’s Twitter thread claimed, “I met Brad Pitt while working with Gwynnie’s dad, Bruce. To be fair, Brad had the super short hair for Seven Years in Tibet, and Gwyneth had to cut her hair for Sliding Doors around the same time – but later than Brad.” That doesn’t explain the outfits, though.
Before Pitt ever got together with Paltrow, however, he was involved in a serious relationship with actress Jill Schoelen. In 1989 the star even asked his girlfriend to marry him. And Pitt and Schoelen dressed in a similar way, too – right down to matching black hats. So, what did the two wear for their wedding? Well, we’ll never know, as Schoelen ultimately left Pitt for another man. Yes, even impossibly good-looking Hollywood stars get rejected sometimes.
But the odd heartbreak aside, Pitt has been very lucky when it comes to dating women. In 1994, for example, he took Czech model Jitka Pohlodek to the Legends of the Fall premiere. And Pitt’s hair at the time was not only bleach-blonde but of a similar length to Pohlodek’s. Judging by her expression in the photo, though, she approved.
Separately, on the viral Twitter thread, someone pointed out that Pitt and Aniston “got matching highlights” when they married. And certainly they seemed to sync their hairstyles as their relationship progressed. The couple even wore matching black suits when they went to the Golden Globes in 2002.
Still, it’s generally assumed that Pitt’s marriage to Aniston was in trouble in 2004; in that year, you see, he started filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith alongside Jolie. And while Aniston and Pitt were dressed in very similar jeans and black jackets in October 2004, they also seemed to boast identical expressions – and not happy ones, either.
Then, after that, came the pictures of Pitt with his second wife Jolie. During the time that the two were in a relationship, they appeared to have matching highlights. And that wasn’t all. Sometimes, Pitt would wear his hair like Jolie; if her locks were loose or up in a ponytail, so were his.
Pitt and Jolie would even apparently sync their outfits, too. The couple wore lookalike tuxes, for instance, at the British Academy Film Awards in 2014. That said, Jolie also appears to be keen on matching clothes with her loved ones. When she’s out and about with her children, you see, mom and kids sometimes dress alike.
That covers Pitt’s most well-known wives and girlfriends, but what of his lesser-remembered ones? Well, apparently, his tendency to imitate the women in his life goes back a very long way. For instance, on the Twitter thread, a photo of Pitt and his high-school girlfriend Sarah Hart was unearthed. And in that snap, the duo can be seen wearing not only the same color clothes, but also the same shaggy hair and wide smiles.
Meanwhile, back in the 1980s, Pitt was photographed with Dallas actress Shalane McCall, who’d given him his first ever on-screen kiss. Now, it’s not known if they were together romantically – hopefully not, since she was 15 and he was 24. But Brad did look a little like her at the time. Maybe they were friends?
After all, Pitt also seems to dress like his buddies from time to time. He’s had a longstanding friendship with fellow A-lister George Clooney, for instance, and people on the Twitter thread duly pointed out how similar the two men appear on occasion. Indeed, there’s one picture of the two actors both sporting very similar tuxes and facial expressions.
Overall, though, social media users were seemingly delighted to uncover Pitt’s proclivity, and there were jokes and memes galore. For instance, one person wrote in response to the Twitter thread, “The Paltrow [photo] is my favorite, although the one with Aniston looks like you could do a face swap and not notice.” And after that message, users were rewarded with just that: a Photoshopped face swap.
Another individual wrote, “[Pitt’s] like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride with the eggs.” In that movie, Roberts’ character Maggie Carpenter usually eats eggs in the same manner as the guy she’s with. And Carpenter explains this tendency by saying that she’s only ever “had what he’s having.” Perhaps Pitt likes to do the same?
Intriguingly, though, some folks dropped in to say that Pitt’s behavior wasn’t that unusual. One person claimed, for example, “It’s human nature. Look at non-celebrity couples, and you’ll see they tend to have lots of similarities as well.” Another Twitter user quipped that while couples usually looked alike, single people were more likely to resemble their dogs.
But, unsurprisingly, there were also people who were bemused – or at least not impressed – by the notion of Pitt matching his girlfriends. The words “creepy” and “weird” came up a few times, for example. One person even referenced the movie Single White Female, where a woman freaks out her roommate by suddenly dressing like her.
Then again, it could simply all be down to a condition that Pitt once suggested he had. A Twitter user questioned, “Is this somehow related to [Pitt’s] claims to have facial blindness? To find his significant other in a crowd, he just looks for his same hairdo and clothes, and that’s probably the girl of the moment?” And the actor has indeed spoken about this before.
In 2013 Pitt described his apparent disorder to Esquire, saying, “So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them [by not remembering their faces]. You get this thing, like, ‘You’re being egotistical. You’re being conceited.’ But it’s a mystery to me, man. I can’t grasp a face, and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view. I am going to get it tested.”
Face blindness is indeed a known condition – albeit a fairly recently discovered one – that is sometimes referred to as “prosopagnosia.” And there could be more people who experience face blindness than you realize, with as many as one in 50 said to exhibit some of its traits.
But maybe Pitt just enjoys dressing up similarly to his partner – and he wouldn’t exactly be the only person to do so, either. Memorably, in 2001 Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears wore matching outfits to the American Music Awards. And they really went all out, too; while she sported a denim gown, he had on a denim jacket and hat.
More recently, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have seemed to sync their outfits more often than not. Sometimes it’s for the purposes of fashion – as appeared to be the case with the couple’s metallic outfits at the 2016 Met Ball. On other occasions, though, it just seems to be merely what the pair want to wear.
But after the Pitt post went viral, the phenomenon reached an even wider audience. And in 2018 McGonagall chose to speak to BuzzFeed about the actor and his appearance, saying, “Looking at the extent that Brad goes to, whether consciously or not, to sync up with his partners physically is something I haven’t seen in a lot of couples. Not everyone will dedicate their hair follicles to you!”
So, why exactly do people – even celebrities – choose to dress like their partners? Well, in 2016 HuffPost decided to ask psychologist and human sexuality expert Dr. Nikki Goldstein. And in response, Goldstein said, “We tend to want to fit in with the person we are dating. Yes, we are all unique but we want to, as a couple, look united and as if we ‘fit.’”
The medical professional went on, “You conform to the environment that you’re in. So, it’s only natural that when you’re dating someone – even automatically without knowing – you will start to change your style so that you blend in with them.” The same thing could potentially happen with co-workers, too.
Goldstein continued to explain, “You’re attracted to your partner for a reason, and by being in a relationship with them you’re indirectly saying, ‘I like the way you do things.’” But she also had a note of caution about what could happen if people started to purposely dress like their significant others.
Goldstein added, “The challenge is being aware and ensuring those core things about you have a place in the relationship. If it gets to the point where you have lost your sense of identity, then you have to wonder whether you are taking on these attributes because you’re really great as a couple, or because you want so desperately for the relationship to work that you need to change everything about yourself to fit in.”
In 2018 the men’s magazine MEL also published an article in response to McGonagall’s viral tweet. And that piece ultimately praised Pitt for “twinning” with the women in his life. Author Tracy Moore wrote that men who dressed in a similar manner to their partners ultimately “come off like they have an enormous degree of self-confidence and comfort in their particular brand of masculinity.”
Moore even claimed that people like Pitt who weren’t afraid to mimic the style of their loved ones “project major admiration.” She went on, “In other words, they seem to be twinning because they are not just okay with themselves, but also in awe of the women they’re with. It’s as much a statement of unity and compatibility as it is respect.”
And the writer concluded, “To be influenced by someone is in many ways the biggest compliment you can pay them. You’re saying, in essence, ‘I like you so much [that] I want to be a little, or a lot, like you.’ More men should like women so much they feel that way and aren’t afraid to show it.” But what do the women in Pitt’s life think of his tendency to copy them?
Well, only one of Pitt’s ex-girlfriends has so far ever commented on the actor’s odd fashion quirk. In January 2019 Paltrow chimed in on the conversation, writing an Instagram comment in response to the “Brad: The man who likes to look like his girlfriends” post. And of this, the actress simply said, “Or we like to look like him, let’s face it.”