Angelina Jolie: ‘Brad loves being a father, that’s what I’m most proud of about him’

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Yay, a new Angelina Jolie interview! CB sent this to me – apparently, Angelina gave another new, exclusive interview, this time to Hello Magazine. These quotes sound new to me, although Angelina did talk about some of the same old things in a few places. But the stuff about Brad sounds particularly interesting. Hello got all up in her relationship with Brad and to her credit, Angelina answered all of those questions and then some. Some highlights from the interview:

She can’t do it without Brad: “He’s always encouraging me and willing to assume a lot of parental responsibilities. When I had the twins, it was very exhausting but Brad just stepped right in and made sure that the other children were getting their breakfast and going off to school on time. He loves being a father. That’s one thing I’m most proud of about him.”

Brad with the boys: “With a large family, you need that support. But it’s much more than that. Brad’s such a wonderful teacher and guide for the boys. He’s always had this special bond with Mad, which has really been important to Mad. He has grown up fast and started to show how much he has learned about the world.”

Comparing her personality to Brad’s: “Brad likes to plan things and proceed in a very deliberate and methodical way. That’s why he has been successful as a producer. He learns as much as he can about a project and what needs to be done and then he makes sure things run as smoothly as possible. He likes to be able to get things done properly. He’s much cooler and calmer, whereas I can be more impulsive and outspoken. But these different qualities bring us closer together and it’s beautiful to find a partner who balances you like that. It’s very reassuring to know there’s this very solid, generous man in your life.”

Balancing alone time with mom time: “You get used to having this huge commotion around you. I’d always been the kind of person who enjoyed being alone but once our family grew larger I discovered that I’m truly happy surrounded by the children. I let them come in when I’m taking a bath of lying down on the sofa or the bed. Sure, you might enjoy moments by yourself but then you feel so much joy when your children jump around and want you to play with them or to see what they’ve drawn or listen to something they want to tell you. It has been surprising to me how much I love all those moments.

Alone-time with Brad: “You learn to reserve certain nights either to go out or just be together without the kids. All couples need to make time for that and even though it can be tough with six kids – especially after I had the twins – things have settled into a more natural rhythm.”

[From Hello Magazine, print edition, March 24, 2014]

“He loves being a father. That’s one thing I’m most proud of about him.” That’s awkwardly worded, but I get her point. She’s happy and proud that she ended up with such a stand-up guy and a family man who enjoys being a dad. Although I’m hesitant to give Brad a gold star for, you know, just being a hands on dad who feeds his children and makes sure the nannies take them to school. I get that Angelina is trying to praise him and acknowledge the support he’s given to her emotionally, but it also feels like… oh, how special, Brad loves his children. Breaking news!

Angelina also lied a little bit when she was asked point-blank about how, last fall, Brad was in England working on Fury while she was working on Unbroken in Australia. Angelina did her same line, the one she always uses: “Brad and I never work at the same time and always take many months off when we’re at home with the kids.” I mean, it’s not the end of the world or anything that they were both working on separate continents for several months, but I would have expected her to acknowledge it rather than just give the same old talking point.

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  1. mimif says:

    But does he steal her Aveeno?
    Sorry, I could not resist. :D

  2. Esmom says:

    I actually do think it’s admirable that Brad loves being a dad, more than just talking the talk. My husband is very hands on with our kids and a therapist I used to see told me I was lucky, that many of the families she saw had problems because the dad could barely be bothered with the kids — that work, golf, the newspaper, whatever always came first. So whenever I get irritated with my husband about something I try to remember that!

    • MrsB says:

      I agree with you. It is more common now for fathers to be hands on than it used to be, but there are still a lot of men out there that think their only job as a father is to provide financially. So, I say kudos to him for helping out, especially with 6 kids!!

    • lower-case deb says:

      and then you have fathers like Charlie Sheen, just the next blogpost over.

    • ataylor says:

      Ditto. Plus, when Angelina adopted Maddox, Billy Bob was basically M.I.A. and flat out not interested. I think that was Brad’s appeal. Someone who wanted to be “present” as a father unlike her experience with her own. Not many men want to step up. They want the title, but don’t want to do the work.

      • Patricia says:

        I agree that is actually IS a big deal for a dad to be hands on and involved, aware of the lives of his children and able to participate in their daily needs.
        I have a very involved dad. He spent lots of time with me and my sisters growing up. Many of my friends were fascinated to see a dad behaving like that and, to this DAY, the girls I grew up with (who have become the women in my life) tell me how lucky I am and how they wish they had a dad like mine. Their dads were either absent, disinterested, or somehow incapable of much more than a pat on the head. It’s a special thing for a dad to be like this, Angelina has every right to recognize that and be proud. I mean, look at her own dad!

      • Josephina says:

        “…They want the title but don’t want to do the work…”

        ^^^THIS. This happens ALL the time. If I had a dime for every girlfriend/relative that complained about her husband not getting more involved with their children, my retirement plan would be completely funded to my extraordinary desires.

        Angelina seems to appreciate the simple things in life given her hectic schedule. For her, Brad has made being a parent easier and having a large family possible. There would not be six children if Brad was not in her life.

      • And the sad thing is–didn’t Billy Bob have another baby, with a different girlfriend, after he and Angelina divorced? I’m pretty sure that happened, and if I was Angelina, and still cared–I would be beyond pissed.

        What I got out of their relationship is that he treated her like she was some kind of male fantasy–the ultimate fantasy. She was beautiful, she had big boobs, she was an action star, etc…..and he was fine supporting her in those things (going to premieres and groping her, them making out for the cameras), but he didn’t really want to support her, even if it was just to say ‘you’re doing a good job, honey’, when it came to her humanitarian work.

        I don’t think he really valued her, beyond that. At least, he didn’t show it if he did. And she was still pretty young when they got married, so she eventually grew out of that. And that was the issue, I think. That she wasn’t waiting around for him, at home, while he was on tour, filming or painting her toenails–that she wanted to do more. Become a mother, etc.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Billy Bob was the type of person to let his girlfriend/wife do all the work with the kids. That’s how my older sister’s ex boyfriend was. She was telling my mom that he takes care of his kids, sees them all the time–until he screwed her over, and she told mom that the kids came over when SHE went and got them. And that he complained the entire time about them being there. I don’t know how Billy Bob is as a father, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Angelina had taken to step parenthood a lot better than Billy Bob to fatherhood.

      • Esmom says:

        VC, I think you’re right but I also think BBT has serious issues, which he has admitted, which unless addressed probably make him a really high maintenance partner and somewhat useless parent. I remember reading an interview where he talked about his phobias and they went way beyond quirks, they seemed utterly crippling. I remember wondering how he managed to function enough to do a work project, let alone go about normal daily activities or have a normal relationship.

      • mayamae says:

        @Esmom, I remember that too. His phobias were not the most common – I think one was of antique furniture. Think he’s a lousy husband and probably a lousy father, but I love his acting, and Sling Blade is one of my favorite movies. I was so happy when he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

      • Mel M says:

        Exactly! Both of my brothers in law are like this. One has 5 kids and the other just had his second and he’s made it clear he wants a lot more. The one with 5 kids still goes to the gym 2 hours a day on top of working all day and then when he gets home has little energy to deal with his offspring. The other ones wife has told me that he can’t hold the newborn more than 5 minutes before he hands him off. So grateful my hubs is the opposite if his brothers, he’s very very hands on and has been from the beginning.

  3. MrsBPitt says:

    I’m not sure if she was lying about them not working at the same time…they can be involved with a project, but he could work two weeks, while she is with the kids not working, and then its his turn to not work for a couple of weeks, while she does some work…its not like they work regular jobs, and also, they are superstars, I’m sure they can basically set their own schedules…

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @MrsBPitt …

      Agreed. And Several people have posted here that Angie and Brad had planned to be together for ‘each’ of their projects, but one of the projects (I can’t recall whose at the moment) was pushed back a few months, which is why they ended up working at the same time. But they worked it out.

      As I recall, they met up in Hong Kong and Brad took the twins back to England with him for a while, then he visited and they switched kids. Angie flew to England with the kids for a visit, and Brad visited Australia a couple of times. It’s not like they were apart for five months without any physical contact at all.

      • TC says:

        Emma — the JP Lover – That’s exactly right.

        Last fall, Fury (Brad’s project) was in production as scheduled. Angie and the kids were supposed to be with him in England while he worked. Unbroken wasn’t scheduled to begin production until December or January (I believe Fury wrapped in January). But the studio was anxious to get Unbroken into production due to Louie Zamperini’s ailing health, so they moved the production up several months. I’m guessing the studio really wants to have this movie finished soon so they can screen it for him.

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        @TC …

        Thanks! I knew one of the projects was pushed back or forward, I just couldn’t remember whose are whether it was push or pull. :)

    • Amy85 says:

      I I wonder what the whole quote said instead of assuming she’s lying. It doesn’t make sense for Angelina to say they didn’t work at the same time when they obviously did.

      • Ennie says:

        they were separated at times but not having to actually work at the same time, so it was probably how they decided how to care for the children, based on who would have more time available for them.
        They were probably having to be present wether in Australia (AJ) , LA or the UK for any meeting (Brad), but their schedules can vary.
        Of course what we the public see is that they were separated, but not how much time off they take, we really do not know these people’s schedule and actual times away from their families. they are very, very lucky.
        They can take time off from work, they can many times arrange their own schedules, they have very close family that can help with their children from time to time, and they can keep the children near them at work, since they are homeschooled. The children probably make friends with other children on the sets.
        My mom worked the whole day, and this was five days a week, we were alone the whole afternoon. I am glad we did not burn the house down.

  4. truthSF says:

    “He loves being a father. That’s one thing I’m most proud of about him.” That’s awkwardly worded, but I get her point.”

    Judging from her experience with a sh!tty father, I can see why she would make that statement. When you’re raised in a single parent household, and you end up in a relationship with a good man and a great father, those things would be a big deal to you.

    • lower-case deb says:

      i was wondering the same too, that her glowing assessment on Brad as Father stems from her not so stellar experience with men that are (in her mind probably) poor dads.

      in addition to her own father i might be wrong in remembering: but didn’t BBT bailed out on her and Maddox, just when she thought they could be a family together.

      i also vaguely remember about reading a Vogue (or is it Esquire?) about her being surprised how Maddox actually needed and embraces a father figure in his life, when one day out of the blue Maddox just came out and called Brad “dad” (i think in the article she mentioned that she had bee ready to live life a single mom, and Maddox seems content with her only).

      it’s all very fuzzy, i’ll try to google the exacg article. or maybe someone here remembers?

      plus, i think what AJ needs most from BP, other than companionship for herself, is really someone who can be a dad figure to her kids. i mean, everything else she can provide, right?

      • V4Real says:

        “plus, i think what AJ needs most from BP, other than companionship for herself, is really someone who can be a dad figure to her kids. i mean, everything else she can provide, right? ”

        I’m in agreement with your comment except the last couple of sentences. He’s not a dad figure for her kids, they are his kids as well. Biologically as well as through adoption.

      • lower-case deb says:

        @V4real, ah sorry i actually that’s what i meant. that after seeing Maddox with Brad, she was surprised that “no, she doesn’t need to be a single mother. and yes, there is such a thing as a good dad” and i think Brad’s presence makes it easier decision to have more kids (which she said she love–to have a lot of kids, i mean).

        in an old interview, when she just adopted Mad, i think she said she wanted to have lots of kids but don’t know how she can cope and still be fair to each of them if she’s a single mother (reflecting back on her own mother with “just” 2 children). but seeing that Brad likes and relishes being involved i think having more kids suddenly becomes a more easy decision for her.

        and i don’t mean to say that Brad is in no way the children’s full parent (dad) in every way, because he is :)

        sorry for the confusion. i’m just not very articulate this way :(

      • Artemis says:

        It’s strange when people don’t know that BBT was actually on the adoption papers and they released a statement together about visiting an orphanage together adopting Maddox together in the fall (by summer AJ filed for divorce). He also visited Cambodia with her for her UNHCR commitments. It was only later that the story changed too: AJ visited an orphanage. I don’t know which story is correct.

        He was papped with Maddox and AJ in LA and articles said he was proud of his family as he kept a picture of them 3 in his wallet. Plus AJ always said BBT was a good dad and also that his children changed her too (the latter was also confirmed by Jon Voight). He didn’t dissapear when Maddox arrived, they both had films to shoot and he had his music tour.

        Their relationship went to pot really quickly and he gave AJ full custody. It was clear that she wanted out more than he but it was also clear their marriage was bad for a long time and they both kept up appearances. AJ for instance did those OTT PDA’s because ‘Billy liked it’ and BBT praised AJ and their marriage because he was into saying those type of things.

      • lower-case deb says:

        @Artemis; oh! i didn’t know that about BBT and Maddox, perhaps some things just got shuffled out of the spotlight in favor of urban legends? the version i heard was BBT can’t handle being a grown-up dad (can’t be crazy wild anymore) because of Maddox.

        sometimes with these gossips, plus years between then and now, blurs the reasons.

        ETA: apparently the interview i mentioned in my first comment was in Vogue, not Esquire. and upon reading the text, i realized how much i misremembered. heyy, that’s me! mind like a sieve.

        anyhow, here’s the whole article:
        http://joliepittpress.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/vogue-january-2007/

      • V4Real says:

        @lower-case deb. Understood. :)

      • Whereas I never heard about him visiting the orphanage. I heard she went, and then they split up. And that was what I heard at the time, not later on.

        In fact, I just found an old article (it’s from People, but the quote is from an INS representative) that says: ” Though the couple announced together the adoption of Maddox on March 12, a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C., says, “Only her name is on the [adoption] papers.” Thornton, who has two young sons and a grown daughter from prior marriages, can adopt Maddox in California, but family law experts point out that the process typically takes six months. “

      • Artemis says:

        You’re right, she adopted as a single parent! Ow shit :D
        I did some digging too and they just said they adopted together.

        ‘Jolie, Thornton on Road to Cambodia’ from November 2001 mentions them visiting Cambodia together for their UNHCR commitments.

        People
        March 12, Jolie, 26, and Thornton, 46, announced that they had adopted a 7½-month-old Cambodian baby whom they named Maddox. Jolie first visited Cambodia while filming 2001′s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and returned last summer with the U.N., for whom she now serves as a goodwill ambassador. “Last November,” the couple said in a statement, “we visited an orphanage in Cambodia and met a little boy we felt a connection to and that we wanted to be our son.

        ‘Jolie Seeks Divorce from Thornton’ is from July 2002 (People) and it mentions they adopted Maddox together (but Jolie was indeed a single parent) and how she wants full custody.

        ‘Marriage, Interrupted’ from August 2002 details where it went wrong and mentions BBT visiting Jolie in March on the filmset.

        ‘Jolie, Thornton Union Officially Kaput’ from 29 May 2003 details the privacy surrounding custody and spousal support.

        And I apologise, it was Maddox’s name on the divorce papers (which was Thornton Jolie) that got me confused!

      • Ennie says:

        When Zahara was adopted, I recall reading how Brad had also to be interviews, screened, because he would be part of the family, regardless if he was not married to AJ.
        It would be only fair how BBT had to participate somehow in the adoption process even if AJ adopted as a single parent.
        AJ erased her Billy Bob tattoo and seemed really firm about this in an interview. Something went amiss, and was probably for the best. they were probably not the best people together. Separated, they grew more.

      • Artemis says:

        @Ennie:

        I think if you are in a relationship and you make a decision to become parents (regardless of the official documents), you’re in it together. If BBT wasn’t a father to Maddox because he didn’t adopt him with AJ then BP wasn’t either before he adopted those kids. That just doesn’t sound right to me. Clearly AJ and BBT wanted to make it work and start a family. This is why I was so sure that he adopted Maddox too and nothing was ever said otherwise besides that one quote that Emma provided that didn’t even come from AJ herself. The fact that custody had to be discussed says it all.

        AJ was the one who talked the most during and after the divorce about what happened while BBT stayed silent (besides the ‘couch’ quote) and he later admitted he was the problem. I take it she was really hurt by his behaviour. But they became friends again and they’re both happy in their lives.

    • gaggles says:

      THIS! Exactly. It warms my heart when I see dads just doing the basic minimum and not complaining. And then when I see dads who are so interested in their children and enjoy spending time with them and being with them and take an actual interest in helping their children grow, that’s freaking amazing.

      Grew up with a terrible unsupportive father who has no interest and no love for me or my siblings. It’s a big deal and I can see why she fell in love with him. I feel like a man like that who loves kids so much is pretty hard to find.

    • Artemis says:

      Normally I would side-eye such comments too but indeed, her father being shitty (as are many fathers tbqh) is probably the reason why she values BP’s help so much.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Artemis, who wrote: “It’s strange when people don’t know that BBT was actually on the adoption papers and they released a statement together about visiting an orphanage together adopting Maddox together in the fall (by summer AJ filed for divorce). He also visited Cambodia with her for her UNHCR commitments. It was only later that the story changed too: AJ visited an orphanage. I don’t know which story is correct.”

      Billy Bob Thornton’s name is ‘not’ on the adoption papers. Read this excerpt from an August 8, 2002 “People” magazine article titled “Marriage, Interrupted” by Jill Smolowe:

      “Jolie has asked the court for custody of 11-month-old Maddox, whom she first met in a Cambodian orphanage last November while on one of her trips as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. Though the couple announced together the adoption of Maddox on March 12, a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C., says, “Only her name is on the [adoption] papers.” Thornton, who has two young sons and a grown daughter from prior marriages, can adopt Maddox in California, but family law experts point out that the process typically takes six months.”

      Here is the full “People” magazine article: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20137667,00.html

      I trust ‘you’ can trust the word of a representative of the “Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C. :)

      • Artemis says:

        LMAO, so embarrassing. Thanks for the link but I already read it myself when I did some digging ;)

    • I had a great dad and am so appreciative of how hands-on Mr. Sandwich is. I can only imagine that for someone with a father like Jon Voight, it’s even more amazing. I can’t snark her for that.

  5. SWEETLYN says:

    They both look smoking hot in the first picture! They are perfect for each other. And I love that they are both into each other…and most importantly appreciate each other.

  6. cro-girl says:

    Sweet but… come on. That’s a bit of a cop out. Some people are so defined by their role as a parent it’s nauseating. I have two children, I get the love for them, I get the way you have to grow when you have a family. I get that. Kids are fab, being a parent is fab… but its not a humble thing to say. It’s rather contrived.

    • Sullivan says:

      I get what you’re saying about people being defined only by their parenting, but that’s hardly the case with Brad &/or Angelina. They are both successful A+ hyphenates who pursue their careers, interests, and humanitarian endeavors with passion. This must be quite fulfilling, as is parenting. It seems their well-rounded life is what defines them, but their family is what’s most important to them. This sounds really healthy to me.

  7. Andrea1 says:

    They are perfect for each other. And I love what she says about Brad. And I think she feels this way based on the fact that she had an absentee father while growing up. So she appreciates Brad

  8. Anna Scott says:

    That’s nice. NEXT!

    • Rhea says:

      I have to say that I was hoping to read more tidbits about Maleficent (about the shooting or her kids when they were on location, etc) in this interview since I know for sure just by reading the header, AJ would gave BP a glowing statement—which was sweet—but most people would say that about their partner. Good for them, though. Seems like a nice family. :)

    • Sal says:

      Jealous?

  9. cheesecake says:

    I think it’s good that Angie made a point to show her pride and how wonderful it is that Brad’s a hands-on stable man. It should be praised, and “breaking news”. It should come into attention in a positive way that it’s a joy in a woman’s life to have a man who she can rely on, and who shares responsibilities with her equally.
    Men need to know this sh-t… so that there can be more hands-on fathers out there!!

    • Andrea1 says:

      WORD :)

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Preach it, sista! I know so many married, and not married couples with kids…and the mother seems like a single parent. They both work, but when it comes to the kids, the mom is the one running around doing it all for them. In this day and age, you would think that this would have changed, but the reality (at least in my circle) is that the mom’s still handle the brunt of the load.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        I know, it’s sad but true. When I was married, and my kids were involved with little league, etc. most of the other parents just assumed that I was a single parent because their dad was never at the games or matches, but he did manage to find time to make the end-of-season team parties. There were a few times I had to juggle all FOUR kids games at the same time! Drop off one, then drop off another, then catch part of the thirds game, go drop off the other, go back to the first and maybe see the end if I’m lucky, then pick up the next, and so on. Driving to all these games and not being able to watch a single one. Then come home to fix dinner and do all that laundry…and my husband wondering why I gave him the death glare when he asked if I could run to the grocery store because he forgot to ask me to stop while I out earlier that day!

  10. Maya says:

    Angelina didn’t lie about anything. For 9 years they have never worked at the same time. Even Fury and Unbroken was originally planned separately with unbroken supposed to shoot in Jan 2014 but was unfortunately pushed forward because of Louis health. What were Brad and Angie supposed to do? Demand that since they don’t work at the same time they had refuse to work earlier?

    No – they did exactly what normal couples do by trying to manage both shootings and at the same time try and make sure they spend some time together. In those few months Brad and Angie met in Hong Kong and Brad flew to Australia 3 times as well.

    PS: I think the reason this couple are together is because they love each other, their children and also respects one another. Angie’s two marriages didn’t work because the couples had different wishes etc same with Brad’s marriage to Jennifer didn’t work because Jennifer liked the whole Hollywood thing while Brad wanted children. Only lucky couples find true love and comparability and brad and Angie seems to be the few Hollywood couple who are lucky.

    • Artemis says:

      Yes, we know all that. Point is that AJ just repeated the same things as she did in the past when we know they were separated for more than 3 days or 3 weeks or whatever their ‘rules’ are.

      She could have easily said ‘you know we try to be together as much as we can, but sometimes life comes in between and then you have to make sacrifices just like any couple in that situation…’ blalabla.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        Except that in this case, she DIDN’T just repeat the same things. This is a (several years old) interview just rearranged and put out as a new one. I’m sure if she was asked today she would admit that they make a conscious effort to not work at the same time, but sometimes life and things just don’t work out as planned and you adjust.

  11. bns says:

    Brad this, Brad that…..

    • Meme says:

      But he’s so perfect, doncha know? Meh, they bore me.

      • SWEETLYN says:

        Oh yea? They bore you but you had time to read the article not only that you also commented.. Please give Me a break

    • Andrea1 says:

      Its called Appreciating the love of her life! This couple can never win and if she doesn’t talk about Brad people will say they are over each other and are only together for the kids. SMH

      • Maya says:

        I know – Angelina hasn’t given any interviews since 2010 and hasn’t spoken about Brad these past few years. She only thanked him briefly when she wrote that co-ed piece and also when she received the Humanitarian Oscar last year. And yet here people are attacking her for no apparent reason. It’s not like she gives interviews after interviews about her personal life when she doesn’t have any movies to promote like the one who shall not be named.

    • epiphany says:

      Ah, but it’s fine to mention him if the topic is, “My Life After Brad”, or “Five Years After Brad.”

      • ToodySezHey says:

        ^^^^This

      • Sullivan says:

        @ Epiphany: lol, that’s pretty funny.

      • bns says:

        That’s equally annoying. Why are you assuming that I give a f*ck about Jennifer Aniston?

      • V4Real says:

        @bns because a lot of AJ fans on C/B childishly assume that if you make a tad bit of a negative comment towards Brad and AJ you are automaticlly an Anniston fan.

      • bns says:

        @V4Real

        Ridiculous. And then they complain about the media pitting them against each other almost 10 years later when they’re the main ones perpetuating it.

        For the record, I like Angelina Jolie. I was just poking fun at the fact that every single question in this interview is about Brad.

      • V4Real says:

        @bns +1 I agree it is absolutely ridicules; it’s like HS. I think they need to stop with this team Aniston/team Jolie , Pittstains, loonies and all that other utterly silly crap. I’m sure AJ nor Aniston could give two cents about it.

        Let people have their various opinions without all the name calling and being declared a hater because they don’t agree with your praise of someone.

    • doofus says:

      meh, I don’t mind one half of a couple talking about how much the other half does for the family…it’s nice, actually. at least it’s not “OMG our sex life is so over the top fabuloso and we never fight we’re so awesome and our marriage is perfect” etc.

      however, I DO feel like these same sentiments, if expressed by one half of a DIFFERENT couple (ANY other couple), wouldn’t yield such positive comments from all those here. I think you might read more of the “he SHOULD help out, he’s the FATHER!” type of comments.

      • mayamae says:

        I do wonder what the comments would be like if it were Jennifer Garner speaking of Ben Affleck.

      • V4Real says:

        Yep, when you’re right you’re right. If this was Goop stating how hands on Chris Martin is we would have read several of “well it’s his kids, it’s what he supposed to do and no one would have labeled anyone a hater or jealous. (Well, except Goops’s mom).

      • Well, I think it depends on my mood and how well I think of the celeb—I don’t mind Ben Affleck, Chris Martin, etc. But generally, unless I completely ‘hate’ the celeb, then I won’t come out with something snarky.

        On some level, I don’t think men should be congratulated for taking care of their kids–doing what they’re supposed to do. But on the other hand, it is lovely to see a dad who actually likes being around his kids. My dad didn’t really know how to play with kids when I was little–I was four and he was 21 when he and my mom got married. So up until we were old enough to play video games, he didn’t really know what to do with us, full time. But I see the difference between how he was with me, and how he’s with my younger siblings–it’s definitely a learning process.

      • doofus says:

        “I do wonder what the comments would be like if it were Jennifer Garner speaking of Ben Affleck.”

        yes, excellent example. ReeseW would be another.

        to V4Real – yes, and what cracks me up is that YOU have been labelled as such, even though you’ve made it clear (over and OVER) that you ARE a Jolie fan. you just don’t have blinders on regarding any criticism toward her.

        VC – you reminded me of a Chris Rock bit…about how “men always want credit for sh*t they’re SUPPOSED to do…’I ain’t never been to jail!’…’I take care of MY kids’…” :)

      • V4Real says:

        @VC, yeah I’m not a complete fan of giving props to men who are doing what they are supposed to do. Now if it’s a man who steps up to take care of a kid who is not theirs then I feel somewhat different. I also don’t like when I hear my male friends or just men I know in general say I can’t go anywhere today because I’m babysitting my child. You are not babysitting you ass, it’s your kid. How do you babysit something that’s yours?

        @doofus, yes I adore the woman but I will still crack a joke or two about her or issue an opinion if I don’t believe what she has said. Like I always say, this is a gossip site and no one is exempt from criticism.

        BTW I remember the Chris Rock joke and though it was funny, it was humor mixed with the truth.

      • Ugh, I hate that ‘babysitting’ line—it ain’t baby sitting when it’s the woman taking care of her kid.

        But yeah–I don’t think Angelina is immune from criticism. If this is a new interview, then I find it odd and weird that she would outright say that they haven’t been separated by work, when that’s obv. not true (for the first time in forever, if ever).

      • Ennie says:

        who was it that said that Brad was babysitting AJ children who were not even “his”?
        Michael Douglas?
        oh never mind, I found the quote from 2006.
        From People:

        Michael Douglas is doing some heavy Brangelina bashing.

        “I don’t know about Brad Pitt, leaving that beautiful wife to go hold orphans for Angelina,” Douglas, referring to ex-Mrs. Pitt Jennifer Aniston, snipes in an interview appearing in the new issue of GQ. “I mean, how long is that going to last?”

        Pitt’s rep, Cindy Guagenti, and Angelina Jolie’s manager, Geyer Kosinski, have not responded to requests for comment by the Associated Press.

        truly, Michael Douglas??? SMH

      • mayamae says:

        I’m surprised Michael Douglas made such a nasty comment. Catherine Zeta-Jones was pregnant with his child while he was still married to his first wife. Catherine was very bold about it. I remember an interview with Catherine in which she stroked her pregnant belly while she talked about her fiancé = Married Michael Douglas. Makes him a bit of a hypocrite.

    • Josephina says:

      She loves him. She is in love with him, and so she gushes about him. He is a BIG part of her life and it is obvious. AND her gushing about him has been consistent for over 9+ years.

      Now you know if you did not know this already.

  12. db says:

    Lovely interview. Don’t know what Ange means by school though because I bet the kids are bundled off to tutors’ wing of the house. l

    • Andrea1 says:

      @Db when they were in France after the birth of the twins the other kids actually went to school while in france

      • Kim1 says:

        This is an old interview that’s why she mentions birth of twins.No mentions of directing, surgery, Maleficent, etc.
        In recent news Brad Maddox and a few others attended Kings of Leon concert Friday.

      • lisa2 says:

        I noted that too.

        This is not a new interview. Just quotes from past interviews that they reworded. She has not given a full interview in Year. Nothing new because it is not new at all.

      • mayamae says:

        Thank you – I thought it must have been an old interview by the way she kept referring to the twins as if they were still helpless.

        I do not want to get in the middle of this argument – but it would also explain why she still mentions the family is apart for only x number of days.

      • I’m agreeing–because I find it weird that she would talk about her kids, Brad–but NOT the movie–not even to relate it back to the film.

        Plus, I’m pretty sure that the only time celebs give tabloids direct contact is for baby, wedding, and engagement pictures/interviews. And generally that’s only to PEOPLE (which I don’t really consider to be a tabloid, since they regurgitate what the pr people want them to say)–I think Brad and Angelina have posed for baby pics–w/Hello or Ok!, for Shiloh. Other than that, for the fluff pieces, they go to people.

  13. serena says:

    Whatever, it’s just nice they support each other like that.

  14. gennline says:

    Hello magazine make up a lot of interviews from Brad&Angie.A lot of these quotes sound old.
    I don’t think she has given an interview to Hello, since the twins were born

    • Kim1 says:

      I hate when magazines do this BS printing interviews from five years ago.Brad just said all the kids are homeschooled earlier this month.Now AJ will be called a liar because people are reading this stuff from five years ago

    • Malak says:

      I buy Hello regularly, and they often repeat old stuff, but the pictures are new.

  15. Dawn says:

    I agree with her that it is nice to see dads love their kids and be a big part of how they are raised. I think that is very cool. I think they seem like great parents but we will not know for sure until the kids grow up and tell their own story. And I only say that because there seem to be more awful celebrity parents than good these days.

  16. LoTTa says:

    meh, I just want to know what’s her skin regimen, because for the past few months this woman has been literally glowing! that photo with green scarf around her… *.*

  17. Annie says:

    Angie looks so gorgeous in these pics esp the first one. That is all.

  18. Anon says:

    This interview seems cobbled together from many other sources. Did Angelina even speak to ‘Hello’ magazine in 2013/14?

    • LoLoL says:

      Exactly. I’m hoping this is old. It’s so lame and like she’s desperately trying to convince herself that she chose the right guy to play dad.

  19. LoLoL says:

    Oh Lordy.

    I was hoping her interviews would be more interesting like they were when she was a single mom. All her interviews ever have now is how perfect pittstain is. I don’t know who she’s trying to convince, us or herself.

    She would never actually admit if he sucked as a father because she chose him. So yeah, I don’t buy what’s she is always trying to sell about him.
    Also still no mention of that ugly ring, huh? Haha two years ago pittstain said the marriage would be soon and aj has never talked about the engagement. Hmmmm lol

    • Maggie says:

      The time is not “nigh”. Hahaha

    • Kim1 says:

      Besides interview with EW AJ hasn’t done an interview since she got engaged.So try again @LOL.I just looked at pics of her beaming with pride after he won his Oscar.I bet Maddox had fun at the Kings of Leon concert with his dad, Brad.
      You still hoping that six children parents break up.
      Pathetic

      • lower-case deb says:

        and USA Today :)
        but that’s it, i think.
        other than that, no other print press.
        the only other one is the interview with NBC (Brokaw and Zamperini).

        i notice the running theme in all three, is that they do make a lot of mention of the project at hand (two on Maleficent and one on Unbroken). that this supposed exclusive with Hello is silent about her two projects make me think that they’re not recent at all.

      • Kim1 says:

        You are right there was a short interview in USAtoday.I read that she will do Marie Claire interview She has done great interviews with them and Vanity Fair in the past.

      • Maggie says:

        Kim I dont think anyone would like to see a family break up.

      • beee34 says:

        Obviously Maggie you have not seen the multiple posts on many sites wishing for just that!
        Just recently the crazies were claiming Brad is in love with Lupita and leaving Angelina for her!

  20. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    I could have sworn I clicked the right ‘reply’ … but evidently not. I’ve moved my comment to the right place.

  21. bettyrose says:

    I agree that men shouldn’t be applauded just for being decent humans. But I think she means she’s proud that he cares as much as she does and is her equal partner.

  22. HoustonGrl says:

    Even though they’re mega stars with tons of money, I still find them hugely relatable. For Brad to have met Angelina, and then be willing to raise one of her kids (maddox) as his own – well, that’s a pretty stand up guy in my book. They seem to have a big loved up family now!

    • lisa2 says:

      I agree. I know some people said that she trapped him with kids.. The dumbest thing ever. They had 2 adopted kids before she got pregnant. And if she trapped him with those kids she needs to teach a course because there are a lot of women that had kids from men that bailed; and they sure as heck were not trapped.

      they do seem very well suited to each other; and happy together with their children. I think that is a beautiful thing.

  23. nene says:

    Everything has been said on this post. So all I’ve got to say is A.Jolie’s second photo here is everything. Her face in that photo is smokin’!

  24. beee34 says:

    This seems like old interviews meshed together, not a new interview at all. I have read these things from her before, it as been re-worded to look new.

    • Alana says:

      Exactly. It is NOT a new interview just several old interviews made to look like a new one. This happens too often and yet people fall for it.

  25. Alana says:

    This “interview” is a compilation of different interviews meshed together. When she gave that quote about not working at the same time, it was a true statement.AT THAT TIME they hadn’t.

  26. Hissyfit says:

    If there’s any celebrity who should be endorsing beauty products and giving beauty advices, it should be her! Her skin is amazingly flawless and glowing!

  27. Ginger says:

    I would venture to guess since Angelina has such a complicated relationship with her own father that having Brad, a solid Male father figure for her children IS indeed very important to her. Her kids are lucky to have a positive role model.

  28. GreenieWeenie says:

    ditto, girlfriend. I think anyone who has grown up with a less-than-stellar father can relate to most admiring this capacity in their partner.

  29. Cotton Candy says:

    Like others said above, looks like she is desperately trying to convince everyone and herself that Brad is a perfect dad. The lady doth protest too much.

  30. lower-case deb says:

    the Japanese trailer showed Maleficent with wings kissing someone before being thrown down a cliff. so, evil’s beginning is scorned love?
    i don’t know if i like this idea.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTu5piG9Leg

  31. Snowpea says:

    You know, I actually really dig Brad and Ange and enjoy reading CB’s articles about their various pursuits. They seem to be genuinely in love, great parents, people of integrity, intelligent and allround wonderful role models in a world full of superficial vacuous nobodies.

    But you know what really gets my goat? Every single bloody comment section is full of absolute lunatics insisting Jen A is a vapid socialite who does nothing but flog haircare products or alternatively, loonies who insist Brad did cheat on Jen all those years ago.

    I mean, REALLY? These two have been together for probably nigh on a decade and Jen is off doing whatever she does but still these maniacs insist on turning this esteemed forum into a maddening, annoying place bordering on insanity.

    For crying out loud, can we PLEASE stick to the topic at hand? The bit about Ange saying she’s proud of Brad and he’s a great dad? Why is the Aveeno skincare range being discussed on here? it’s just freaking ridiculous *shaking my goddamn head*

  32. Helvetica says:

    Kudos to them. It seems like they really love eachother.

    But man, six kids does sound exhausting. Lol.

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