Brad Pitt’s parents come to Venice, babysit the twins alone


It’s time for another exciting round of “Where in the world are the Jolie-Pitts?” As it turns out, they split up over the weekend. According to Radar (photo here), Brad, Angelina and the four older kids went to France for the weekend while they left twins Knox and Viv in the care of Brad’s parents, Bill and Jane. Bill even took Knox out on the balcony of the Venice home the Jolie-Pitts are renting (photos above). Knox must really enjoy that balcony, because he manages to get everyone out there. Last Friday Knox got his mom and his stuffed rabbit out on the balcony, and Knox gave everyone a show by dramatically tossing the bunny off the balcony, in a series of hilarious photos. Here’s more from Us Weekly:


Apparently there’s room for a few more guests at the $6.8 million Jolie-Pitt palazzo in Venice. Introducing…Grandpa Pitt!

William and Jane Pitt touched down in Venice, Italy last week to visit with their son Brad, his love Angelina Jolie and their six kids.

Over the weekend, however, Pitt’s parents were apparently on babysitting duty: as attested by photos at Radaronline, Jolie and Pitt took Shiloh, 3, Maddox, 8, Zahara, 4, and Pax, 6, for a quick trip to the south of France while twins Vivienne and Knox, 20 months, stayed behind.

On Sunday, William and Knox headed out onto one of the clan’s favorite spots in the palace: the scenic balcony overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal.

Knox wore a black hoodie and clutched a blankie as he showed his grandfather the sites.

In February, Jolie’s father, actor Jon Voight, also visited with the family in the ancient Italian city. Voight, 71 and Jolie, 34, had recently reconciled after a 7-year rift.

“It’s nice to have something that’s positive!” Voight, 71, told of getting back together with his once-estranged daughter. He says their boat ride down the ancient city’s Grand Canal was “lovely…the weather wasn’t so bad for the journey. It’s a very beautiful trip. A lot of fun.”

[From Us Weekly]

I think it’s funny that Brad and Angelina left the twins in the care of Brad’s parents for a whole weekend. They were probably like, “You wanted grandkids, here you go, they need a diaper change, buh-bye.” Maybe Angelina doesn’t want to spend time with Brad’s parents? I’m sure that’s a common theory, that Angelina and the Pitts have never gotten along, but I don’t buy it. I think they probably get along okay – not really, really well, but they make nice. I’m sure I know what In Touch Weekly’s spin on this is going to be – “Jane Pitt flies to Venice to convince her son to go back to her favorite daughter-in-law ever, JEN!” Wait for it.

Here are some older photos on the Jolie-Pitt gang:

Angelina Jolie Juggles Morning and Motherhood with Vivienne and Knox

Angelina Jolie Shares Quality Time With Vivienne!

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt board a canal boat in Venice with their twins Knox and Vivienne

Bill and Knox on the balcony in Venice on April 11, 2010. Credit: Pacific Coast News.

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  1. sasha says:

    God. Even the in-laws are forced to pimp the kids over the balcony.

  2. lena says:

    Well umm, that’s what grandparents do from time to time, babysit the grandkids

  3. bite me says:

    knox looks a lot like his granpa bill

  4. Wholesome1 says:

    Awww- that’s so sweet. I love spending time with my grandkids and overnights are always a treat!

  5. xena says:

    I never had my “favourite blanket” when i was kid. uhm… did i miss something?

  6. Cinderella says:

    Knox and Angelina have the same bangs. Cute!

    Grandpa is basically Brad in 20 years.

  7. Charity is Chic says:

    So they show up, and get ditched? Nice. Btw, do Brad and Angie ever have a romantic weekend with just the two of them? Every relationship needs that, except for this one apparently. Their love is just like Brad’s face. Just had the hotness sucked right out of it.

  8. teri says:

    Having grandparents are the best. I’ll be a grandma in five months and I’m thrilled. Happy to see the JP family happy and enjoying the stay.

  9. princess pea says:

    They really do love to bring the babies out on that balcony, don’t they? At least it’s finally silenced the “WHERE ARE THE TWINS?!?!?!?!” crazies.

  10. Joanna says:

    @xena umm yes, I had a favorite blanket and pillow that I would take everywhere with me when I was little.

  11. meme says:

    both granpa and the kid looked absolutely thrilled.

  12. Guest says:

    I love that people really buy the notion that Jane and Bill Pitt are needed to ‘babysit’ the kids – these are people with several nannies, who just last weekend left all their kids alone to head off to Bosnia. This is why people start to wonder about Jolie’s relationship to the senior Pitt’s – she runs away as soon as they land for a visit.

  13. Melanie says:

    Angelina calls her inlaws The Simples. They are probably off for some more high profile charity.

  14. Cheyenne says:

    @teri: Congratulations! You have so much to look forward to. My 8 month old grandson is the joy of my life even though I only see him in person a few times a year (he lives in California). Thank God for webcams.

    @Melanie: Which tabloid did you read that in?

  15. Kim says:

    Well Guest since AJ is the one that controls the house , according to the tabloids,if she didn’t want them around, she wouldn’t have allowed them to come to Venice. The producers for her movie are renting the apt. I love how the trolls can ignore pics and video of Angie and her inlaws getting a long great, smiling hugging etc @ CCOBB and AMH premieres. BTW the JPs went to France for 2 days there are back in Venice with inlaws pics on yuku jjb.

  16. Cheyenne says:

    C’mon, Kim, do you want to ruin the trolls’ day? Bill and Jane Pitt hate Angie and she hates them back. In Touch said so.

  17. Rita says:

    The only Simples here are those regurgitating tabloid lies as if true. Angelina and ALL the Pitt family get along very well and Brad’s parents visit all the time. The little Jolie-Pitts are part of 13 Pitt grandkids. Angelina is close to Jane Pitt who donated money in memory of Angelina’s late mother.

    Sad how some continue make believe drama where none exists.

  18. anon says:

    Since the article in the News of the World Jolie’s been going full out: first Superbowl, then reunion with her dad, pulling out the twins and posing with them on daily basis and now finally Brad’s parents … you gotta love this girl!

  19. Tazina says:

    I’m sure the parents are more than capable of looking after two of their 13 grandchildren for a couple of days. Why even suggest anything to the contrary? Brad and Angelina just wanted to spend a bit more time with the older kids as a pair of 20 month old twins can really take up a lot of your time. Everything else such as A not getting along with B’s parents is just ridiculous and a made up story to try and generate some interest.

  20. nnn says:

    Didn’t Jane Pitt proudly showed a bracelet with 13 pearls hanging saying proudly that it was a precious gift by Brad and Angie representing each of her grandchildren ? I think so.

    Now they actually have grandchildren from their elder (which is one of the most common dream of every parent) and see their son more often than when he was married.

    Also, great for the cousins to have six other cousins they often play with and not to mention those two adopted ethiopians by Brad’s sister.

    It seems that Jolie’s brother and Brad sister and brother all get along pretty well and are often gathering with Brad’s parents during birthday of the children. Something he never was able to do before being the only uncle with no children to play with his nephews.

    Those who have children know exactly that it reinforces the link between brothers and sisters who all have families.

  21. UrbanRube says:

    The Pitt grandparents seem relatively normal and low-key, so I’m glad the kids get to spend time with them. They don’t need some rich and famous grandparent – they need loving older folks who will just stand around and hold them at times. Very sweet.

  22. bite me says:

    blood is thicker than water

  23. Catherine says:

    Those little babies are gorgeous!

  24. alex says:

    So now the grandparents are pimping the kids out by taking them out on the balcony. I swear some of you people on here really are CRAZY. I hope you all invest the same amount of time in your real life than you do in the lives of the JPs.

  25. GMAB says:

    OMG my son and daughter- in -law left for Vegas as soon as I arrived in town, leaving me with the kids. I guess that means she doesn’t like me. I thought they were letting me spend quality time with my grand kids.

  26. nnn says:


    You mean like this ?

    Or like this ?

    And I am sure youtube has still some videos about both Angelina and Jane Pitt talking proudly about each other, even Angelina callng Brad’s father ‘papa’, that’s how she refers to him.

    There were also pictures of Brad’s sister with baby Zahara in her arms when she was a baby long before Shiloh was born. Not to mention Jolie’s pregnant of Shi raving about Brad’s parents and all his family, that they were lovely sweet people who welcome her with open arms and that she wasn’t surprised cause they were like Brad’s, sweet people.

    …something i never heard from any former girlfrined nor wife of Brad ever, nor did i never see them going to one of Brad’s nephew birthday or big family gathering or even in a restaurant with all the cousins, brothers, sisters and grandparents, Brad used to go ALONE to his family gathering…never see his exes doing those kind of stuff but with Jolie. It’s seems that she is more into children and big families and interraction with every member of the family. No wonder that she was closed to her mum, a family woman who drop her professional career to raise her children.

  27. meme says:

    “No wonder that she was closed to her mum, a family woman who drop her professional career to raise her children.” hmmm, that would be angelina nothing like her mother since she has 6 kids and hasn’t dropped her professional career for them.

  28. Jaxx says:

    I’m sick of hearing this pimping gripe. The balcony overlooks the GRAND CANAL! Can you imagine how interesting it is to stand out there and watch the passing parade? Are they just supposed to ignore the view? Give me a break.

    They’ve protected the twins from publicity for nearly two years. It’s about time we saw them.

  29. Beth says:

    I don’t understand the logic in saying they don’t get along well and just make nice considering there aren’t a lot of candid pictures. They seem to get along well at premieres but I’m sure people would say it’s staged. I remember some tabloid had photographs of a family gathering in France after the twins were born. Angelina and Jane were talking to each other which I doubt they would do if they barely tolerated each other. I’m going to go with commonsense and say the grandparents knew they were would be gone for the weekend and weren’t just dumped with the twins. It could have been the grandparents idea to be alone with the twins. Besides they usually visit for several weeks so plenty of time to visit everybody.

  30. Maddie says:

    I would think one of the attractions of the house was the balcony, which I for one would be out there every chance I got.

    If the papzies want to stand at the foot of the house 24/7 just to get a shot of them, that’s on them, it’s not pimping your child out, if you simply enjoy something with your child.

    I’m getting sick of all the “pimping the kids out again” if they are simply hanging out on the balcony, I think the kids enjoy it more than the adults to begin with.

    It really must be a view and a treat for one so young.

    Wow just I just defended Brag-a-lulu’s

  31. Cheyenne says:

    @nnn: I remember Jane Pitt showing off that bracelet. Actually it was a gold charm bracelet with 14 gold and enameled baby shoe charms, one for each of her 14 grandchildren. She was flashing it in front of the TV cameras at the CCOBB premiere telling everybody was a gift from Brad and Angie and it was her proudest possession.

  32. patricia says:

    Since when is it weird for grandparents to spend a weekend taking care of grandchildren??? Good grief, what planet do some of you live on??

  33. gg says:

    I just have to say that if anybody on these comments were lucky enough to stay on the Grand Canal in Venice, hells yeah you would be on the balcony watching the boats go in and out. Seriously.

  34. Crash2GO2 says:

    Good Lord nnn: I gasped out loud when I actually saw how good Brad used to look!! What the F*ck is happening with him??!

    @anon: LOL

  35. Cheyenne says:

    Brad may have lost his Ken-doll looks, Crashie, but he’s gained something infinitely better: six beautiful children and the soul mate he always wanted.

    Why do you think Brad hasn’t shaved that godawful scraggly beard off? Because looks simply aren’t all that important to him any more, now that he has what really matters to him. I understand that to his ex-wife’s fans who care about nothing but looks, this may be inconceivable.

  36. Ursula says:

    But Cheyenne, six beautiful children and a soul mate and he says he is ‘bored.’ A 7th child or migrating to Russia should spice up his life real good. Not running away when his poor parents come to visit.

  37. jenfraud says:

    Angelina is the BEST thing that ever happened to Jane and Bill Pitt. Aniston? Where were the grandkids? huh? The ungrateful over-reacher never wanted kids, never has, never will. She just conned her way into Brad Pitt so she could become a movie star. Now Brad-less, look where she is now. the Bounty Hunter. LOL!!!

  38. scout says:

    @Cinderella – gee, you mean Brad could actually resemble his own father? How unusual!

    Actually, it is a TOTAL FALACY that you can look at a person’s same sex parent and ascertain how said person will look at that age! Even with strong resemblence, there is no evidence of that being a definite outcome! BUT if Brad does, so what!

    @Jaxx – I am so with you! Thanks for your post!

  39. KatyAlia says:

    @ patricia:
    It is somewhat unusual once you consider that they have nannies galore… It’s just not comparable to everyday grandparents doing babysitting duties, sorry.
    Flying out as soon as they arrive has a tinge of rudeness.

    @ Ursula:
    Please loosen up a little. Pitt never said he was ‘bored’. He only named ‘boredom’ as the reason for not shaving off the center of all public hatred.

  40. Cheyenne says:

    @Ursula: Bored with what? Only you poor benighted souls from FF assumed he was referring to his family. Or maybe you think he’s bored with his parents since he “ran away” from them when they came to visit?

    You haters crack me up. Face it, honey. He’s happy where he is, whether you approve or not.

    @KatyAlia: Save your type. Ursula is convinced Brad Pitt is the devil incarnate. Otherwise he would never have dumped Jenny-poo.

  41. Melanie says:

    @ KatyAlia,

    Don’t you mean PUBIC hatred?

  42. Kim says:

    I see Ursula is quoting the former NOTW, current Sun reporter Gordon Smart and his ” boredom” quote about BP’s beard.Loves quoting tabloid BS as fact.I’m sure that Brad’s parents are happy to spend time with their grandkids. Since Angelina joined the family they have an additional 8 grandkids Brad and Angie’s 6 and the 2 Ethiopian boys Julie and her husband adopted. According to Julie( on her adoption blog which was blocked due to hateful comments) she was inspired to adopt from Ethiopia because of Brad and Angie’s adoption of Zahara.

  43. daisy424 says:

    We have 6 grandchildren and jump at any chance to “sit” with them.
    The Pitts are having the time of their lives ;-)

  44. Jaxx says:

    @Cheyenne LOL–funniest comment on the thread!

    Yes, indeedy, Poor abused grandma. Having your son fly you to Italy on a private jet for a free vacation while you enjoy your six adorable grandchildren. How does she stand it?

    @Scout–your’re very welcome.

  45. Twins says:

    Wow.Knox is mini mi Angelina’s