Brad Pitt praises Angelina, parents everywhere

09/21/2007 at 06:26 AM ET

In an appearance yesterday on Good Morning America, Brad Pitt talked about the "pervasive" sense of sadness he felt as a boy growing up in the Midwest, and how becoming a father of four helped to turn it all around.  Of children Maddox, 6, Pax, 3 1/2, Zahara 2 1/2, and Shiloh, 15-months, Brad said:

They say the funniest things I’ve ever heard.  They’re the funniest people I’ve ever met.

Joining in the fun, of course, is Brad’s partner Angelina Jolie.  The actor said he is grateful for her presence in his life, as well as the lives of their children.

One of the things I’m most happy about for my kids is that they have a mother like they do, because she is, she’s amazing.

Of parenthood, Brad said "It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever taken on."

It’s the most difficult, the most rewarding and the most fun. I think this is the greatest thing I could possibly achieve, and hats off to all the parents out there.

For more of Brad’s interview, watch Good Morning America this morning. 

Sources:  People, GMA, Simply Brad


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levnette on


ryo_girl on

I don’t mean to be a nitpicker but this has been bugging me: that second quote is a misquote. If you watch the vid from SimplyBrad, he says:

“….is that they have a mother like they do, because she is, she’s amazing.”

That misquote is floating around the entire internet.

sil on

I know that all the Brangelina fans will hate me for my comment 🙂 but i have to say that everytime I see that there’s an interview with Brad or Angelina, i hope to read something different….but they always say the same things! we all know they are wonderful parents, but they don’t have to be repeating it all the time, I mean it’s normal that in an interview they will be asked about their life with the kids etc., but maybe once in a while they could answer “they are all fine, thank you” and that’s all….If he doesn’t want their kids to deal all the time with paparazzi, then maybe stop about talking that much about your personal life, imo.

gianna on

SIL I totally agree with you, I think they love the attention. They repeat the same things over and over again, I don’t really see as many other celebrity parents constantly talking the same things. We get it already lol. I guess I’m just thinking of celebrities like heidi klum, mariska hargitay, brooke shields,etc who I have seen on interviews a lot, and I don’t often see them repeating themselves, and they do say nice things about their children, but they don’t give so much details. It’s like brad and angelina feel they gotta prove to the world, their good parents or something lol. Don’t worry about the world, let the kids judge it when their older, their the real test not saying on every interview how great being a parent is.

cj on

I can’t help but wonder what was so sad about the midest and whether his parents’ hearts break a little every time he puts down his upbringing. The world must be so much clearer up there on that pedastal.

essie on

CJ, I don’t think Brad was putting down his upbringing. It’s just that Missouri can be a sad place for a child with imagination. It’s flat and boring and dull, from a child’s perspective. Same with Ohio where I’m from. I don’t think he meant to hurt his parents. He has said previously that his parents were wonderful. I just think he wanted a more “colorful” life than the midwest could not provide. He’s apparently happy now and that’s all that matters.

If Brad or Angie were to just gloss over questions about their children or about their relationship, imagine what the tabloids would say about that? They can’t win no matter what they say!!!

Adore1 on

essie, so true these two cannot win for nothing…. I guess because he said nice stuff about Angie and how happy he is and from this they cannot be bashed like they are regularly, then someone has to find something negative to say.

At the AMH premier, Angie got crucified because a memo was sent out saying ask questions only about the movie and not my personal life. Brad answers questions about his kids which by the way the interviewer asked and he is critisized. Thank God neither gives a cr*p about what peole sitting behind their computer write. ; )

ryo_girl on

I think they say a lot of the same things because they want to keep a lot of their personal lives personal, and it probably has the same effect as wearing the same or similiar clothes all the time: if it’s the same stuff, who wants to run it?

And as for what he said about Missouri, I don’t think it was a dig at how he grew up; he even said, “People don’t walk around moping all the time.” Visiting down south, I’ve picked up some of that: it’s like all that’s happened in the past kind of touches you, makes you a little more somber, a little more serious.

I love how one of the most popular songs is “No more monkeys jumping on the bed.” I’ll bet that the kids tumble onto their bed and start jumping to wake them up.

Karen on

I guess it ticks off some people that Brad is happy. Happy with his life, his children and happy with his partner, Angelina Jolie. I honestly beleive some people don’t think he deserves to be happy. Weird.

I for one would listen to this man talk all day long. He clearly knows whats important in life and cherishes every moment.

legemc on

This is not a dig at any celebrities…but perhaps it’s possible that Angie and Brad talk about their kids so much because their kids are the most important things in the world to them, and maybe some other celebrities while I’m sure they love their kids very much, focus more on their careers than their families. I know Brad wanted kids for a long time so now that he has them, I think it’s cute that he wants to gush about them all the time. Honestly, I’m the same way about my niece and she’s not even mine! I talk about her all the time and I’m sure people get sick of it but honestly she’s the best part about my life right now so I can’t help but talk about her. I don’t think I love my niece more than anyone else loves their niece…I just like to talk about her more than the average person does!

gianna on

I think you should never go overboard talking so much about your personal life on interviews, than it really sucks whenever you break up, after gushing on and on. And I personally don’t believe brad and angelina love their kids anymore than other celebrities do, some celebrities just try to keep their life and their children’s like more private. Look at how keri russell, bridget, had babies and aren’t on magazines showing their baby pics or giving interviews. I even bet you salma hayek has given birth already, and just hasn’t confirmed it. I always see Seal being asked about heidi and his kids, and he seems like a great hubby and father, but also a private guy. Some celebrities just love attention more than others, and brad and angelina are some of those celebrities imo.

Renee on

But Gianna how can you say that when you don’t even know them personally.It seems to me that people complain about them talking about their kids but if Brad and Angelina didn’t say anything their kids, the same people complaining about him talking about them would say they aren’t spending enough time with them,etc. They really can’t win either way.

stephanie on

Need I remind everyone about the “blob” incident? I didn’t think it was anything when I read the interview, but of course it was blown up out of proportion and the tabloids are still milking it and conveniently ignored Gwen Stefani and a few other celebrity moms using the same word to describe their babies. They might also be celebrities, but Heidi Klum, Mariska Hargitay, and Brooke Shields are not Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Easy as that.

Tarsha on

Some people must find something negative to say no matter what. You guys are right…u can’t win for losing! Geesh!

leni on

I agree with the poster who wrote she could listen to Brad Pitt talk all day long about his kids. This man has wanted children for ever. Hurrah for him that he has the family he has longed for!

I also don’t think he is saying the same things over and over without anything new. It was cute hearing about the songs they sing and how they dance around the house. Also, I loved hearing how he spends time with the children at bedtime because I can remember years ago, Brad telling the story of how his mother would go to each of the children’s bedrooms and sit and talk with them. They would talk about their day or any problems or anything the child wanted to talk about. How nice that Brad is doing the same ritual for his own children.

It was also different and new to hear Brad talk about Angie as a mom to his children. How happy he is that his children have HER for a mother because she is amazing!

I just find it odd that posters on a celebrity baby blog would have problems with a celeb talking about his children!?

maybe it just depends on WHO the celebrity is for some?

lia on

I guess it ticks off some people that Brad is happy. Happy with his life, his children and happy with his partner, Angelina Jolie. I honestly beleive some people don’t think he deserves to be happy. Weird.

I for one would listen to this man talk all day long. He clearly knows whats important in life and cherishes every moment.

Posted by: Karen

I agree!

He was asked the questions, he answered them. Just like every other celeb on this site who are asked about their children. What is he supposed to say to the question, tell me about bedtime, is there a ritual? is he supposed to just keep repeating..they are just fine, thank you??? Crazy.

I think you are right. Some people don’t seem to like the fact that the guy is happy and living his dream.

mm on

We really don’t know if they’re wonderful parents or not, and quite frankly I don’t care. Regarding his comments on growing up in the midwest, this is all scripted. He will repeat this with every interview. For pete’s sake, he grow up in a large town (pop. 90,000) in the 1960’s & 1970’s not out in the middle of nowhere in the 1860’s and 1870’s. He grow up where there was T.V., movie theatres, shopping, restaurants, and a large university. I think his sadness is his sadness and has nothing to do with where he grow up.