Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt did their Christmas shopping at an Australian Target

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Over the weekend, Angelina Jolie and the kids were spotted boarding a private plane in Sydney. It was thought that she and the kids would be meeting Brad Pitt somewhere, and perhaps spending Christmas in one of their most beloved cities. I was thinking… maybe somewhere in Vietnam or Cambodia. But as it turns out, Brad and Angelina met up in Australia after all – they were seen on a boat, enjoying the Coomera River in Queensland, Australia – you can see the pics here. On Sunday, they were in Robina (a suburb in Queensland) doing some Christmas shopping at a… TARGET!!!

The world’s most famous celebrity couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are collectively worth more than $300 million, took their six children Christmas shopping at the department store in Robina, late on Sunday. They were also seen walking on the beach and cruising the waters between Brisbane and the northern Gold Coast.

The camera-shy celebrities convinced the Robina Town Centre store to open after hours to avoid dealing with crowds of gawking fans. But the couple were outed yesterday by Target chief executive Stuart Machin who used Twitter to thank the ­family for their business.

“Team at our Target Robina store are thrilled that Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their children shopped at Target today,” he tweeted.

One Target employee, who declined to be named, said she was shocked to hear the Pitt-Jolie clan had shopped at her store.

“They made sure no one was around to blow their cover,” she said. “The store manager waited until everyone had gone home and opened it up secretly for them at 7.30pm on Sunday. She said they shopped for around an hour and a half to buy presents for their children and friends. Who would have thought people like them would do their shopping at Target?”

Oscar-winning actor Angelina Jolie, 38, has been busily preparing for Christmas before she heads to a private villa she has rented with her family on Hamilton Island.

The family has been staying on the Gold Coast while Jolie directs a war drama, Unbroken.

Five-time MotoGP world champion Mick Doohan declined to comment on speculation the family were renting out his Coomera Mansion.

[From Gold Coast Bulletin]

This is far from the first time that Angelina or Brad has spent time in a “down-market” establishment. They just go to whatever store is convenient, I think – they’ll shop at discount party supply stores or budget arts and crafts establishments, they’ll do the drive-through of McDonalds or take the kids to a pizza chain and then follow it up with a trip to Toys R Us. They might drop tens of millions on real estate, but on a daily basis, I tend to think they live a pretty middle-class lifestyle. Brad and Angelina are a weirdly complimentary couple that way – I get the feeling that Angelina doesn’t like a lot of muss and fuss, and she could travel for months with only one suitcase. And Brad has that whole salt-of-the-earth mid-Western values, knowing the value of a dollar sort of thing going on. That being said… I prefer Kohl’s. Kohl’s is way better than Target.

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  1. paola says:

    I believe that since they travel into poor countries very often they do watch what they spend and I find this admirable. Rich people love to flaunt their money.. but this family seems different, they would probably be all together even with no money.

    Happy Christmas Celebitches :)
    Hope you’ll have a great one!! Here in Italy we’ll spend the whole day tomorrow eating and drinking! xxx

    • ANDREA1 says:

      Am with you on everything….
      This family is pretty much grounded and like other posters here have already said they have seen a lot of poverty and suffering and that also pretty much has affected how they spend and live their daily lives.
      Yea happy christmas fellow celebitches!!! :)

      • red_jane says:

        Hmmm I think I have to disagree.
        I would think that a couple who have traveled to such countries and done the humanitarian work they have should be more aware. Target in Australia has been linked to sweat shops such as those in Bangladesh that were in the headlines earlier this year after that horrific fire killed so many people.

        Brad and Angelina have the means to avoid shopping at places that use these factories. I wish people with their influence would shop ethically. If I had the money and the access to what they do, I would shop ethically all the time. I live in the outback so we don’t even have access to target but I wouldn’t shop there anyway so ner net ner!

        Anyway that’s my little Christmas wish..
        Hope they enjoy our beautiful country!

      • SQ says:

        See this kind of thinking is overly simplistic and problematic. A number of years ago a number of sweatshops in India were shut down due to the Western World going through a phase of paying lots of attention to companies that use sweat shops. A study was done that followed all of the workers from those sweat shops over the next decade. Over 90% of the women and children ended up in the sex trade. Nothing is black and white.

    • Frida_K says:

      Buon Natale, Paola!!

      :D

    • ScarletBegonias says:

      They do seem different for the most part and I really appreciate the humanitarian work they do. However, it seems they do have their moments of spending a ton of money on things for each other. For example: the heart-shaped island Angelina bought for Brad’s 50th birthday. A bit much? Maybe. But, to each their own. :)

  2. harpreet says:

    Australia has Target! Canada just got Target this year…

    • M.A.F. says:

      That was really the only thought that went through my head. Target in other countries.

      • yvette says:

        Haha we do! I’m 26 and we’ve had it my whole life.. But we don’t have Kohl’s..

        Merry Christmas Celebitches, getting in some celebitchin’ before Christmas breakfast here!

  3. lisa2 says:

    I was laughing at the Target Executive for tweeting it.

    They do seem to be very low key spending wise, Not saying they don’t live large. Hell if I had that money I would to. Anyone would. But I like that they go to everyday stores with their children. I have seen them in WalMart and such when they are in Missouri with Brad’s family. It must be nice for them all to be together like this. Christmas is the season for Family. And they both seem very family focused.

    love those pictures of them at the WWZ Premiers..

    Happy Christmas Eve to all the posters.

  4. xboxsucks says:

    maybe they dont have kohl s in Australia?

    • Bej says:

      Yeah, no Kohls in proximity to Coomera. And Robina Town Centre is bogan central, so Target was probably their best bet there.
      A news crew also followed them in a helicopter as they took their children out for a day trip on the Coomera River, where they played on a sandbar. They showed the footage, including Mick Doohans home, on the news. Just to let any loonie here know where to find them, & invade any privacy their kids had on what should/could have been a normal fun day out in the sun, sand & water like any other family. I am disappointed the news program chose to show the entire footage as if it was some kind of Christmas hunt. Woohoo, kids play in sand & water to cool down in Queensland summer :(

    • Rggie says:

      Nope – no Kohl’s in Australia. Target has been around for ages though. It’s owned by the Coles-Myer (they own Kmart, Myer, Coles supermarkets, Bunnings Warehouse ) group here though so not sure if it’s exactly the same as your Target.

      • shopper says:

        Myer is no longer part of the group. Coles-Myer sold off Myer to a private equity firm in 2006, and they listed it on the stock exchange in 2010.

  5. Tiffw28 says:

    I used to love Kohls myself but I’ve noticed their prices have come way up ( even with the sales ) and the quality way down :(

    • MollyB says:

      I agree. They lure you in with steep, steep discounts but then you realize it’s discounted off a really jacked up price. Just last year I thought I got a great deal on a toy for my daughter. It was advertised as $25 with 40% off. I got it, then saw on the toy’s website that the MSRP was only $15! I’ve noticed that with a number of their products.

  6. MrsBPitt says:

    I hope their credit cards weren’t compromised! That would be some windfall those hackers would get! lol

    • TC says:

      LOL! I was just thinking that too. Target’s in a hot mess right now. Seriously though, many Target customers that had their credit card information compromised have their accounts on lockdown right now. Can you imagine dealing with this at this time of the year?! A. Hot. Mess.

  7. Helvetica says:

    She’s so pretty. Skinny as hell but still, that face is so pretty.

    • msw says:

      I know it’s Christmas Eve and this is why you can’t have nice things, internet, but imagine someone said an actress had a pretty face but was fat as hell. in the name of the holidays, I will leave this alone now. Thank you and goodnight.

  8. danielle says:

    If they were going for electronics target would have a better selection than kohls. They couldn’t have shopped for the kids is the kids were right there tho.

    • Michelle says:

      Or if they wanted to buy food. Kohls doesn’t sell candy! Two completely different kinds of stores.

  9. MsGoblin says:

    Their actions are so much more relatable than GOOP hawking children’s coats for outrageous sums of money. Good for them.

  10. V4Real says:

    See Beyonce Target don’t need you when they have Brad and Angie. I just hope they paid in cash. Wait, Australia has Target!

  11. klue says:

    It’s christmas eve. Can the usual suspects take a chill pill today? Thanks

  12. Marigold says:

    Toys are toys. If your kid wants the newest game or action figure or whatever, there’s no reason not to go to Target to get it. One stop shopping and all.

    • Morgan says:

      That was my thought, too. Kids want toys for Christmas, Target has toys. It’s not like the fancy boutiques carry Rainbow Looms and Doc McStuffins.

  13. MB says:

    Australian here. Can confirm there are no kohl’s stores in Australia.

  14. d b says:

    I really do think they try to live in as balanced a way as possible, balancing obscene wealth with more every day pursuits. Private jets and Vuitton baby bags, with eating on the fly at MacDonalds. They’re trying to give their kids some grounding and a sense of normal life and good for them.

  15. Maya says:

    Never heard of Target not Kohls – I don’t think they exist here in UK.

    Brad and Angelina have always been low key whenever they want to be. Yes they spend money on properties, travel etc but at the same time they also travel economy class, buy toys at local stores etc.

    Doing the amount of charity this couple does – it can change the way you spend money. Seeing poverty at its worst can subconsciously make one change the way they spend their money.

    PS: it was lovely to see the pictures of the JPs on the beach. Christmas is about spending time with family not lie on the beach with friends.

  16. Sal says:

    I’m an Australian, and I live in the state of Queensland but I’m about 2 hours north of Robina. Australia has had Target since the 80s. I remember as a kid seeing ads for Target in the early 80s.

    We don’t have Kohls. We do have Coles. But that’s more of a grocery store.

    Oh, and Australian stores don’t have this ‘coupon’ thing that American stores have. I never understood the coupon thing with the American stores. We have ‘specials’ though, for example get 2 for the price of 1, or something that is $3.00 is on special for .99 cents. They normally go for one week. 2 weeks occasionally. But this coupon thing, I don’t understand what the hell that is. Coupons/discount vouchers are more for competitions that you send in to the newspapers etc, weekend stays at hotels, amusement parks, that sort of thing. I don’t think they’re even called coupons anymore. Just discount vouchers.

  17. AmyLynne says:

    Kohls is a thousand times better than target. They have the best coupons and I love getting my kohls cash :)

    • Emma13 says:

      omg yesss they have the best coupons and if you’re going to get a department store credit card their card is definietly the one to get. I get almost all of my clothes there because with the coupons and regular sale it’s super affordable.

    • Cameron says:

      I love Target.. Kohl’s can be more expensive but you can get good sales. They have better Quality clothing.

  18. GiGi says:

    I love this story! So *regular* of them. As an aside – I just cannot with Kohl’s. I know people get good stuff there, but it’s so gross – like an overstuffed flea market. You can’t even get around the merchandise, it’s so tightly packed. They do have a wide bra selection, I guess. But on the whole I find the quality of their stuff very low – worse than Target. I keep trying it because someone will have a great bag or sweater from there and I’m always disappointed… idk – maybe it’s me.

  19. Maria says:

    They really are a great family.

    I find myself genuinely merry this holiday season compared to the past few ones, money be damned! It’s nice to see people who do have the means be like us regular folk :)

  20. Esmom says:

    I remember AJ dropping in on a high-end toy boutique/shop in my Chicago neighborhood a couple years ago, just a few hours after I’d been there (I was so bummed to have missed her!). So I don’t think they’re averse to buying the nice stuff when they have a chance.

    But the “mainstream” stuff that all the kids want is all at Target and their kids are getting older now so I’d think they could cover a wider range of gift bases at Target. I guess they’re not worried about the recent credit card breach…

    • lower-case deb says:

      i imagine a conversation with a credit card customer care rep.
      AJ: I most certainly did not spend eleventy thousand dollars in LA this morning.
      CCR: and do you have prood of your whereabouts?
      AJ: try the checkout racks at your convenience store. failing that, online gossip sites. or pap agencies.

  21. rep says:

    I have no money for presents this year, but forsome reason I am not as sad or depressed as previous years. Merry Christmas everyone. Love you Kaiser, Bedhead.

    • The Original G says:

      Hey rep. Merry Christmas.

      I’ve had some tough years too and we did without a lot of things. But trust. Things are just things and they’re so quickly forgotten. Thing can get better.

    • Maria says:

      @rep

      I’ve spent many a Christmas in the same boat, even this year hasn’t been the best, but the important thing is being in the company of loved ones; I’m glad you’re feeling merry, the holidays really should be about family and friends.

      Let’s hope next year is better for all of us!

    • The Original Mia says:

      Merry Christmas! It’s been some hard years for me as well. I admire your attitude this holiday season. People sometimes get too caught up in material things instead of celebrating the true meaning of the season.

      Here’s hoping 2014 is better to you and yours!

    • Frida_K says:

      I am an orphan and estranged from what’s left of my family. I’ve had many lonely Christmases in my time, and some both poor and lonely at once. This year, I am having friends coming over for dinner tonight.

      You’re not alone. Lots of us have a difficult time at the holidays for various reasons. I hope that this one is a good one for you, and that next year and the year after and on forward are better and better and better.

      Sending you warm wishes….

  22. rep says:

    Thanks G, now I have happy tears.

    • The Original G says:

      Me too. It’s so great that people who don’t even know each other can relate with our human experiences, isn’t it? That’s what’s real. Our humanity. :)

    • Even says:

      @Rep

      I get happy tears when I hear about the wonderful acts of kindness this time of year. That keeps the joy in your heart even if you can’t have the holiday you want.

      Merry Christmas to all…

  23. TWINK says:

    He’s so hot, I’m 22 and I still would… So hard!

  24. rep says:

    Wow, Thank you sooo much for the support and kind words. Now the Spirit is definitely alive.

  25. Peppa says:

    If they were getting toys and electronics, Target was a much better bet than Kohls. Kohls marks their toys up ridiculously high, and then discounts them as if you are getting a good deal when they are still higher than the regular price at Target. This trip sounds fun! I bet the kids love buying each other gifts, they seem very tight knit.

  26. ann says:

    My sister just saw Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis at Target in Cedar Rapids,Ia.

  27. zut alors! says:

    It doesn’t look as though Angie and the kids boarded a private plane; they were on a commercial flight to Brisbane.
    Here’s a first hand account of someone who was on the flight with them. The Shiloh bit is….well you gotta read it for yourself.

    http://www.jaunted.com/story/2013/12/23/52443/279/travel/What+It%27s+Like+to+Sit+Next+to+Angelina+Jolie+%28and+Kids!%29+on+an+Airplane

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Okay—that salmon looks gross (I don’t like my food looking like it’s going to jump off my plate, even though technically it is cooked, w/lemon juice, correct?), but that’s such a cool story. I’m glad AJ and the kids got to go on a flight, in relative peace. I don’t think I could ever go up to a celeb, mostly because I know that if I were them, I’d be inwardly cringing every time someone came up to me–I wouldn’t like it at all.

      There are also pics on the Dailymail (they were up yesterday) of the JP’s on a little island–you could see Angelina in a pair of black pants, a grey tank top, and a huge beige hat, while Brad was wearing a pair of black shorts, shirtless (he actually has a pretty good body for his age, he works out), and was taking pictures–he had a camera (like an actual photoshoot camera)….I wish I could go down to Australia for Christmas…we’ve got two feet of snow where I am.

    • Lila says:

      That’s adorable! It sounds like the children must have been well behaved too which jives with everything else I’ve heard about them.

      I like the mix of high and low end choices they practice too. Chances are high these kids will always have wealth so they need to understand its value and how to handle that lifestyle. But that isn’t a given. Life happens. I think exposing the kids to a lot of different things makes them well rounded and also better prepared for independence.

  28. floretta50 says:

    This is very admirable of Brad and Angie when you read what some of the stars spend on baby cribs, buggies, designer shoes and clothing and making sure that it gets in the news, it makes your head spin,some of these things cost as much as yearly house rent for some of our homes. Imagine this some of the things these children grow out of in a few weeks.

    • Anna Scott says:

      Amen to that Pwal! They might not be spending a ton of money on clothing and shoes but 6 nannies, body guards, cooks, and other members of their staff cost arm and a leg. Add private planes and house rental to that and voila! they are living it. And btw, Target is NOT a discount store.

      • The Original G says:

        Like lot of famous people, they need some of this to keep them safe from crazies. I’m sure a good part of it is tax deductible. They seem to fly commercial a lot.

        BTW, why shouldn’t they enjoy the life they’ve been clever to build?

    • lisa2 says:

      how do you know they have 6 nannies. OH yeah the tabloids.

      and why is it that whenever anyone says a positive comment about this couple it is a problem. But if there were negative comments then it would be fine. Brad and Angie are rich. They earned their money. And I don’t think they have to apologize for it. It is the way of the world. If you make a good living you can spend your money how you want. They are not asking anyone to finance their life.

      I’m sure nobody here posting is going to give away all they have to make a point.

    • Sal says:

      Perhaps if people didn’t bend over backwards, forwards, diagonally and sideways to find fault with this couple just because they can’t stand ANYTHING nice said about them, their fans wouldn’t feel the need to over-compensate. After all, people started out attacking them, then their fans jumped in to defend them. Not the other way around. But of course, that inconvenient fact is over-looked, isn’t it?

    • Sal says:

      Anna Scott of course they need bodyguards and security, they have a large family and the parents are famous. Its a necessity, not a luxury. They only have a couple of nannies and they fly public plane, unlike other people. At least Angelina gives of her time unlike some people where charity is ‘not their thing’, and they are selfish, greedy and tight and spent all their money on themselves and margaritas and spend their days drinking on pap-laden Cabo desperate to be papped or steal men from other women….. At least Angelina is a good woman who doesn’t hurt others. And BTW, yes, for people with Angelina and Brad’s money, Target is MOST DEFINITELY a discount store. Maybe not to us civilians, but to people like them it definitely is.

    • Maggie says:

      Admiral of them? You’re kidding right?

  29. Carolyn says:

    Poor old Target needs all the good PR it can get. The execs must have been high-fiving themselves at their good fortune.

    Target in Aus is in trouble…sales/profit is down 40%. A lot of their clothes photograph beautifully in the ads but in real life they’re really average. They are endlessly having 20-30% off sales to move inventory.

  30. Sugar says:

    I love them…thats all i got. Merry Christmas all:)

  31. Merry Christmas says:

    Good going, Brad & Angie- their kids wear a lot of hand-me-downs, too. Shiloh wore little dresses/coats that Zahara wore, Zahara Shiloh, Pax wore Maddox’s t-shirts, hats. Of course they could afford to just put them in brand new stuff, but the sharing sends a good message to their kids.

  32. Jgrrl says:

    Australian Target is cheap awfulness. Even I don’t shop there & I’m poor. At least go to Myer. I mean c’mon!

  33. ozzy says:

    Australian Target is quite different from the US Target. And much better than Kohls, lol

  34. Camelia says:

    Just for context; Target in Aust in even more downmarket than the US

  35. Missykittens says:

    BILLY RAY CYRUS!!!!!!! is who Brad Pitt reminds me of these days. So, so much.

  36. Amy Tennant says:

    I heart Target. And Brange. And my Celebitchy friends! Merry holidays everyone.

  37. AmericanInOz says:

    Target here is terrible compared to America. It makes me incredibly sad since I’m in the process of furnishing/decorating my house.