UAE Exclusive with Angelina Jolie: 'Marriage Just Feels Right'
Brangelina watchers had all but given up hope that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would say “I do,” but seven years later, it’s finally happening! And it sounds like we have the pint-sized brood of Jolie-Pitts to thank. Back in January, Brad revealed that marriage really “means so much” to the kids.
A committed family man, Brad reportedly popped the question in front of their children. A Jolie-Pitt confidante just told US Weekly that “Angelina cried and smiled” when she saw the rock and we’re sure the rest of the clan did too. Big fans of seeing their parents’ romantic moments, Ange once gushed to The New York Times that her kids loved the movie Mr & Mrs Smith because “Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love”. We’re guessing Brad’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston does not feel the same way!
While the Jolie-Pitts jetted off to the Galapagos Islands a few days after the engagement was announced, Jen is still in T’Town dealing with the media circus. Some sources claim that she is doing fine, but US tabloid The National Enquirer reported that Jen “burst into tears and collapsed” when she heard the news. It can’t be easy to watch the world cheering for the woman who stole your man!
But for Ange, this is the most peaceful time in her life. Her previous marriages – to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton – lasted three years each but Brad will be walking down the aisle with a very different Ange. Gone is the dark side – now she’s a mum before all else and for the first time she admits to needing her man. The A-list actress tells Ahlan! why she can never be without Brad and how the family copes with their extraordinary lives.
The kids must be excited at the prospect of mommy and daddy getting married!
I’m sure [laughs]. They’ve figured out what marriage is, so now they kind of like the idea of it. But we’re still convinced that half of them just want to party. They’ve heard there’s good cake!
Has all the marriage talk gotten to you over the years?
No, not really. We’ve been happy as we are because really we made a far bigger commitment than marriage by having children. You can walk away from a marriage, you can’t walk away from a family.
Does marriage scare you?
No. For us, it’s not about marriage. It’s about doing something that just feels right and whether our kids want it. It’s not something that has weighed heavily on us.
There was a time before you met Brad when you said you were better off alone. How do you feel now?
I don’t know. I haven’t been alone for so long. You know, I met the right person. I don’t like being without him.
You and Brad still seem to remain a fairly normal couple. How do you do that?
I think we’re lucky that we’ve never gotten to be confused or anything besides normal. Maybe it’s all the diaper changing – all the poop grounds us!
How do you feel when you and Brad are listed as two of the world’s biggest sex symbols?
I think our kids will look back on all that as being really funny because they think of us as the dorkiest people on the planet. We are very much just parents together although we have moments of being sexy and fun and I do find him very sexy, obviously. I believe we are together for all the other reasons.
You have homes all around the world but will you be settling down in just one now?
The children will probably dictate that. So far, they like moving around and packing their bags. The thing about having six kids is it’s so crazy anyway that it’s just more chaos and it’s all okay. We’d like them to be the kind of adults who can feel at home and find friends anywhere in the world. It’s important to us to teach them that.
How does Brad cope with all the moving around and chaos of kids?
Brad’s amazing. He’s a really dedicated father. I feel very blessed that every day I wake up and I live with my favourite people in the world and my best friend.
Do you ever get any alone time with Brad?
We have date night, but we really have to schedule the time for it. But we do have our own time.
How does your fame and fortune affect the way you bring up your children?
We wake up each day as just a mommy and daddy who are trying to raise their kids with the right values. We try to give them everything we can possibly give them but not spoil them or let them forget how fortunate they are. During the day we have help, mainly to make sure one doesn’t run out of the room or anything.
Would you say being a mum of six has changed you?
Without a doubt. Motherhood has changed my entire life. I’m more patient and more silly. I wake up with an immediate constant reminder of what’s really important in life. Ever since having children, I’m not thrown by anything in life. Kids are very grounding and keep you on track with all the pleasures and joys in life.
Have any of your kids shown signs of wanting to be in show business?
I don’t think they’re thinking that way yet. I am trying to encourage some writers, if that makes any sense. Adventurers and writers is what I’m hoping for, but I might end up with six actors.
We heard you and Brad are ready to do another film together – is that true?
Believe it or not, we don’t get offered a lot of films for us to do together. We discuss it because there’s always a girl in his film or a guy in mine. It’s something you think about, but you have to respect the audience. On one hand, we’d love to work together and bring the kids with us on that adventure. But it’s hard as a couple to figure out what the audience is comfortable seeing you in together. As much as we’d like to indulge as artists and play together, we’d only do it if the movie could be fun for the fans