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Angelina Jolie reveals her children's cute nicknames and amazing hobbies

18 June 2016
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Angelina Jolie has opened up about her six children and their hobbies, their nicknames, and what they'd like to do when they grow up.

While appearing on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour on Friday, Angelina revealed that she affectionately calls 14-year-old Maddox 'Mad,' 11-year-old Zahara 'Z,' and 10-year-old Shiloh 'Shi,',' while explaining about how her children were all learning different languages.


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Angelina revealed her children are all learning different languages

The 41-year-old, who also has Pax, 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, seven, said: "All the kids are learning different languages. I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and Shi is learning Khmai, which is a Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, Z is speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic, and Knox is learning sign language.

"I suppose that just means you don't know who your children are until they show you who they are and they are just becoming whoever they want to be."

So do the children want to follow in their parent's famous footsteps? According to the Maleficent actress, none of the Jolie-Pitt children aspire to follow herself or their dad, Brad Pitt, to Hollywood.  

She explained: "None of my kids want to be actors. They are actually very interested in being musicians. I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing. Pax loves music and deejaying". 

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Her youngest two children Vivienne and Knox are learning Arabic and sign language respectively

The star also candidly spoke about her preventive double mastectomy and having her ovaries removed, and opened up about her mother, who died after battling cancer in 2007. She said: "When you go through something and you learn about yourself and your body in anything medical, you feel – it really wasn't a decision.

"It was just, I thought that I had gained information that I wish my mother would have known. I wish she had the option. I wish she had the surgery, in fact, and it might have given her more years with my family." 

She continued to speak about raising awareness for the procedure, saying that it "means a great deal" that her experience may have helped others. She said: "If there is even one woman out there who went and got checked and found that she had cancer or she was positive and she caught something in time, and if in any small way I was a part of that, it makes me very emotional." 

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The star revealed that none of her children want to be actors

The philanthropist, who has done extensive humanitarian work with refugees, spoke candidly about healthcare problems in third world countries, saying: "I probably wouldn't have made it this far if I were a refugee. "I went to a hospital in Namibia, where I was having my daughter, and I was in breech. I needed a C-section, and I knew I was in breach because I had had the money to have an ultrasound. But I found even the local hospital with many, many women – and this was a good hospital – did not have an ultrasound machine." 

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