Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are one of the hottest celebrity couples in Hollywood. The pair fell in love on set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. At the time of filming and production Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston. The marriage didn’t last, and shortly after the premier of the blockbuster hit, Aniston filed for divorce. At this time, Brad and Angelina didn’t publicly acknowledge their relationship, but rumours were all but confirmed when the couple was photographed vacationing in Kenya with Angelina’s adopted son, Mad (Maddox).
About a year later, the the couple announced that they were expecting their first biological child, Shiloh. What many people don’t know, though, is that Jolie gave birth to Shiloh in Namibia. Her decision to give birth in Africa came down to two things – her love for the beauty of the Namibian desert, and a more selfless desire to help the local community. Jolie and Pitt charged $3 million for the first photo of the much-anticipated baby, and donated the money to the United Nations, where the Salt star is an embassador for the refugee agency.
By the time Shiloh (Shi) was born, the Jolie-Pitts have adopted two other children, making Shi the fourth to join the gang. Having four kids was clearly not enough, because just two years later, the couple announced that they were expecting twins – Knox and Vivienne.
Raising 6 children is no easy task, and with parents like Jolie and Pitt, it’s safe to say that Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne were never going to be your average neighbourhood kids. In a radio interview with BBC, Jolie shared that each of her half-dozen kids is leaning a different language. According to Jolie, a large part of encouraging her kids to learn languages stems from the fact that she wanted her adopted children to learn, and understand their heritage.
In a media interview, Jolie said that she doesn’t force her kids into things that they aren’t naturally interested in. Unfortunately for the couple, this means that none of the kids will follow in their Hollywood footsteps. “None of my kids want be actors,” shared the Maleficent star. “They are actually very interested in being musicians. I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing and Pax loves deejaying.”
At home, Jolie believes in giving her kids a lot of breathing room – allowing them to grow into their own. In an interview with Star magazine, an old nanny said that Brad and Angie are “very unconventional parents, to say the least. It’s like they’re living in a hippie commune most of the time, because Angie doesn’t believe in rules.” The nanny followed up by saying that her leniency doesn’t always work out very well.
The kids are homeschooled by a team of international teachers, but Jolie doesn’t force them to learn anything that they’re not interested in. Another nanny said that “they also don’t take tests or do homework.” Granted, none of the Jolie-Pitt kids will be going after entry level jobs, but the fact they they can learn what they want is worth mentioning.
Further – due to Jolie’s ‘anything goes’ approach, the kids are allowed to spend as much time browsing the net, and the older ones are already active on social media. The kids have a security team monitor all of their online activity for their safety, but other than that they’re allowed to do pretty much whatever they want.
Jolie and Pitt’s parenting style is an often controversial topic, but the kids seem to be doing ok. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where these A-lister kids will end up in a few decades, but for now Jolie and Pitt continue to do things in their own way.