Sorry, Angelina Jolie didn't pay $20 million for a Brad Pitt birthday island
A report by the U.K.'s Mirror that Angelina Jolie paid $20 million for a heart-shaped island for Brad Pitt's birthday has the unfortunate problem of not being at all true. But then where did the gossip media get all these unattributed quotes from?
“As soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed," a source said, gushing on and on about how Pitt loved Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, so the Wright-designed house on the island was ideal. “The house is perfect for romantic getaways or as a family retreat. It’s very private. And Angelina knows the fact the island is in the shape of a heart will mean so much to him.”
Of course, the New York Post's Page Six actually called about the property, Petra Island, and found that no one has even put a bid on it, much less bought it, and Angelina Jolie certainly didn't do either.
“I don’t have any idea where that (report) came from,” Donna Massaro, daughter of owners Joseph and Barbara Massaro told the Post. “The family threw it out there to see if anyone was interested, and so far no (potential buyers) have (come forward).”
The 11-acre island actually has two houses, a 1,200 sq foot guest house designed by Wright and a 5,000 square foot main house, which was built in 2008 from a Wright plan. It features 1,500 square feet of skylights, a helipad and was built around a boulder that dominates the entrance and living room.
It's not 50 miles off the coast, as the Mirror said, but 50 miles north of New York in Lake Mahopac. You can contact PrivateIslandsOnline.com if you want to get ahold of the Massaros, but don't go looking for a price. If you have to ask, you're better off just looking at the photos online.