Brad Pitt on Family Life: “We’re Hunted”

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By Michael Lewittes


Brad Pitt, star of The Tree of Life, would prefer to talk more these days about his own family tree — his kids.

In an interview with USA Weekend, Pitt says being a superstar and having children is tough. “We’re hunted,” he reveals, adding, “Our kids have to live behind a gate. Outside, there are people with cameras. But I’ll take the trade-off. I never knew I was capable of experiencing so much love.”

And Pitt being a dad to his brood of six children with Angelina Jolie is now the handsome actor’s first priority. “You can’t make excuses. You’ve got to make sure they’ve brushed their teeth and eaten a good breakfast. You want to be present if they wake up with a bad dream,” he says.

Pitt also seems to have partially changed his stance on marrying Jolie. The couple previously said they wouldn’t wed until gay marriage was legalized, but he and his partner have now been feeling the pressure from their kids to tie the knot. “The kids ask about marriage,” says Pitt. “It’s meaning more and more to them. So it’s something we’ve got to look at.”

In the USA Weekend interview, Pitt gives a little insight into what it takes to move the famous family from place to place. “On the road, we’re a military mobile unit,” says Pitt. “The kids have got their stuff down to one backpack, and they’re each responsible for their own bag. Mom does the packing; she’s quite gifted at that. Puts in just what we need — nothing extra.”

While Pitt and Jolie’s sprawling L.A. compound is their “base camp,” he admits “we’re pretty nomadic,” but stresses, “Angie and I do everything we can to carve out some semblance of normalcy for them, to re-create the kinds of moments that were special for us. It’s not unusual for the kids to be covered in paint. We have mud fights. It’s chaos from morning until the lights go out, and sometimes after that.”

Pitt even gives a glimpse into his romance with Jolie. He says, “There are no secrets at our house… We tell the kids, ‘Mom and Dad are going off to kiss.’ They go, ‘Eww, gross!’ But we demand it.”

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