Belfast Telegraph

Angelina loves family commotion

Angelina Jolie used to think she liked being alone, but has realised that isn't the case.

The actress and her fiancé Brad Pitt raise six kids together, Maddox, 12, ten-year-old Pax, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Having such a large brood means Angelina, 38, rarely gets time for herself, something she never expected to enjoy.

"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 or 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," she told Hello! magazine.

Angelina admits having the twins was a complete shock to her system. She felt exhausted and is forever grateful that Brad took control of looking after the other children for her.

"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," she said.

The 50-year-old actor is very close to the couple's eldest son Maddox, according to Angelina. She is pleased that they share such a "special bond" as she believes it's helped the boy learn more about the world.

The pair confirmed their engagement in April 2012, after seven years together. At the moment they haven't finalised wedding plans, with the actress attempting to explain why their relationship works so well. They encourage each other to succeed, but also have different personalities which complement each other. While Brad is "deliberate and methodical", Angelina sees herself as "impulsive and outspoken".

Their family always comes first, but that doesn't mean they forgo time together.

"You learn to reserve certain nights either to go out or just be together without the kids," she explained. "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.”

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