Stars Left at the Altar
Gwyneth Paltrow was just at the beginning of her career when she and Brad Pitt announced their engagement in 1993. The pair met when she was just 21 and cast as Pitt's doomed wife in Se7en. Pitt, 31, was already a superstar. Paltrow said she resisted his advances at first because she thought, "Are you insane? You can't get a crush on Brad Pitt!" He proposed after two years, when she went to visit him on the set of "Seven Years in Tibet." They both talked about how excited they were to get married, with Pitt telling Rolling Stone magazine, "I can't wait man…walk down the aisle, wear the ring, kiss the bride. Oh, man, it's going to be great." They were planning to get married in the summer of 1997, but the engagement was mysteriously broken off in June. Although at the time, most pointed fingers at Pitt—with one friend even saying, "He changed his mind a month ago"—Paltrow later said she was too young for the commitment. "My internal stuff really tripped up and I felt really responsible and also like I was the architect of my own misery and I just made a big mess of it and…I was very upset for a long, long time about it," she said. The broken engagement, she said, was responsible for her later relationship with a man she called a "total knucklehead," although she refused to name names.
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