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Brad Pitt's comments on parenting his six children with Angelina Jolie revealed

The Fight Club actor shares his children with his ex-wife

Brad and Angelina posing for a photo at a red carpet event
Hannah Hargrave
Hannah HargraveUS Deputy Editor
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Brad Pitt's complex road to fatherhood began when he started dating Angelina Jolie.

Her children, Maddox and Zahara, eventually became his too when he adopted them both. The couple went on to adopt Pax and then have three biological offspring as well, with Shiloh and twins, Knox and Vivienne, completing their family. 

But when the pair divorced in 2016, their happy, blended unit unraveled. Despite a bitter custody and divorce battle, however, Angelina and Brad have tried to keep their feelings about one another under wraps and out of the spotlight. 

However, during more joyous times, Brad spoke about his children, fatherhood and what it meant to him. Here's what he said. 

Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt arrive at the 2008 Film Independent's Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 23, 2008 in Santa Monica, California© Getty
Brad shares six children with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie

What he said about adoption

With three of their six children adopted, Brad and Angelina, were vocal about their passion for their brood - however they came together.

"They're as much of my blood as any natural born, and I'm theirs," he told Esquire. "That's all I can say about it. I can't live without them. So: Anyone considering (adoption), that's my vote."

Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Eternals" on October 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California© Getty
Angelina with five of her six children

Brad believes in discipline 

Brad had a strict upbringing and has called his childhood "very, very tough" but he says it was also happy. He learned from his dad and adopted the view that there should be discipline - but more for some of his kids than others.

"I am [a disciplinarian] with the boys," he told The Telegraph Magazine. "Girls do no wrong so I don’t have to be. I feel like my job is to show them around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are."

Angelina and Brad with their six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox© Getty
Angelina and Brad with their six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox

Brad also commended his dad for doing everything to better his family and tried to follow in his footsteps. "I grew up with that be-capable, be-strong, don’t-show-weakness thing,” he explained to the New York Times in 2019.  

“In some ways, I’m copying him [his dad]. He had grown up in extreme hardship and poverty, always dead set on giving me a better life than he had – and he did it. But he came from that stoic ilk."

Brad Pitt watches the men's singles final tennis match between Spain's Carlos Alcaraz and Serbia's Novak Djokovic on the last day of the 2023 Wimbledon on July 16, 2023© Getty
Brad says fatherhood changed him

His children mean everything to him

During an interview with Psychologies Magazine back in 2014, Brad made a big statement about being a dad when he said: "I care about [my children] more than I care about myself, which I think is the real definition of love. 

Angelina Jolie dressed in white, with her son Maddox© Getty Images
Angelina with son Maddox

"You see past yourself and become more generous and giving, and wanting only the best for your family."

He added: "I feel like the richest man alive since I’ve become a father. Being a father has changed me on so many levels and made me more generous and alive. I see my children as an essential part of my life. I love being a father and all the responsibilities that entails.”

Angelina Jolie surrounded by her children and two child stars at a red carpet film premiere© Getty Images
The family with stars of Angelina's film, First They Killed My Father

The 'painful' reality 

There are a lot of feelings that come with being a parent and Brad felt all of them. 

He confessed to V Magazine: "It’s hilarious. It's the funniest, most lovely thing I've ever taken on. And the biggest pain in the ass as well. And I couldn't go back. I couldn't imagine it any other way."

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