Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Brangelina learned to 'manage' family

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt "organise" their family to make sure they all spend time together.

The 38-year-old actress and her fiancé raise children Maddox, 12, ten-year-old Pax, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne together.

As their brood expanded Angelina and her beau had to find a sense of order to help them bond.

"A big family can generate a lot of chaos, we didn't have a clear idea about how we were going to manage as our family grew larger until we figured out a way to organise everyone and make sure that we'd spend time with all the children," she explained to British magazine Closer.

"Some of the kids feel closer to Brad and bond with him in a special way and some have a closer relationship with me. But it's always changing and what's beautiful about kids is how you just watch them grow and evolve as they learn more about themselves and the world."

Angelina and Brad got engaged in 2012 after being together for seven years. They have both been married before, but the actress claims it was being with the 50-year-old which really fuelled her maternal instinct.

"Brad has always been such a wonderful and loving father. It's such a beautiful and sexy quality in a man when he takes responsibilities as a father very seriously. I still get very emotional when I watch Brad play with the children - he is so naturally devoted and joyful around them," she smiled.

"When I was younger, I never imagined being a mother and then those maternal feelings evolved and deepened once I began adopting and started living with Brad, which made me want to have children of our own. Brad is so good about taking over when I'm working, but I'd rather be at home for dinner and read my children bedtime stories."

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