Brad Pitt Island, a Gift From Angelina Jolie, Is Just a Rumor

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 07:14 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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The rumor that Angelina Jolie is purchasing a heart-shape island for Brad Pitt's birthday is just that – a rumor – but the island's owners have told E! News that the property is still for sale.

London's Mirror got the unique birthday gift story started with an article posted Monday that the actress was plunking down $19.75 million for the island Petra, 50 miles north of New York City in Lake Mahopac, for Pitt's 50th birthday, which is Dec. 18. ()

But Donna Massaro, whose parents Joseph and Barbara Massaro own Petra, told E! News that the island has not been purchased and it is officially still on the market.

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"It is not true," Donna Massaro told E! News about the Mirror's story of the island's purchase. "It is still for sale. We are open to show Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt the island but they have to have lunch at my cafe first."

According to the website, Petra is 11 acres with its own helicopter pad and is also accessible by boat. The 5,000-square-foot main residence and 1,200-square-foot cottage were both designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The cottage was built in 1950 and the residence in 2008 from one of Wright's final plans, with 1,500 square feet of natural skylights "and vast expanses of stone, cement, and mahogany, the main residence is truly a triumph of modern architecture."

The Mirror said Wright is Pitt's favorite architect, which made the exclusive property attractive to Jolie as a gift.

"As soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing," a source told the Mirror. "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."

The couple has been together since 2005 with children Maddox, 12, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, seven, Vivienne and Knox, both five.

Pitt and Jolie is one of Hollywood's power couples. Pitt, who starred in this summer's "World War Z" and the current "12 Years a Slave," has been nominated for Oscars four times, the last in 2012 for "Moneyball," according to

Jolie has been nominated for Oscars twice, winning for best supporting actress in 2000 for "Girl, Interrupted," according to

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