When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt sat down to discuss the kind of family they’d one day like to have, both agreed that bigger would be better — but the couple had very different ideas about how they’d get there. In a new interview with the Times Online, the 33-year-old actress says that she wasn’t sure she would "ever be comfortable" with getting pregnant. "I just thought there were so many children in the world I never felt I needed to create a life," she explains. Ultimately, it was Brad who got her to see things in a different light, however.
"I was thinking of only adoptive children, but he saw a big family mixed with adoptive and born children. And I ended up falling in love with a man who I think was destined to have children and suddenly one day it felt right and there it was."
Their family of eight — which includes children Maddox Chivan, 7, Pax Thien, turning 5 this month, Zahara Marley, 3 ½, Shiloh Nouvel, 2, and 3 ½-month-old twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline — view the word ‘adoption’ as something to celebrate, and not shy away from. "We talk about orphanages, we talk about their countries and differences, and it’s a source of excitement and pride," Angelina says.
"I’ve heard Maddox explain to Zahara when they are talking about pregnancy, ‘No, Zee, remember, you were in that nice African woman’s belly. I was in that nice Cambodian woman.’"
Click ‘more’ to read about Angelina’s thoughts on being photographed breastfeeding for the cover of W magazine.
Breastfeeding the twins has made Angelina even more voluptuous than usual, much to Brad’s delight! "I’m with a man who sees the beauty in the journey the mother’s body takes, as I think all men should," she says. "But some men just don’t, unfortunately." So inspired by Angelina’s nursing relationship with the twins was Brad, he agreed to photograph the act for W magazine to coincide with the release of her new film Changeling. Angelina says she agreed to the "one week project" because "it didn’t feel right having a photographer fly across the world with a rack of stylish clothes" for her to wear. While some readers may have taken issue with the cover, Angelina says that what eventually made it’s way onto the pages of the magazine represents some of Brad’s less risqué work.
"We’d look at the pictures as art and say this is a really interesting photograph, but then we’d know better and we’d think about how it was going to be received. So we made it a little more tame than it was originally."
The photo spread is just one of many things Angelina knows she’ll someday undoubtedly need to discuss with the kids, but if she’s worried about having those conversations, she isn’t showing it. "I think it’s going to be that they’ll understand they can talk to me about everything, and that by the time they get to be teenagers we’ll have formed a sufficient bond," she says. "We tell them everything, we’re honest with them…My mother was that way with me." It would appear, then, that the Jolie-Pitt children know that their ranks will only continue to grow. "Most likely we’ll adopt again," Angelina says.
"As we layer them in, with two new ones, we’re watching that balance, that shape and form, and once we feel that’s solid, we’ll know when it’s time to bring in another."
Changeling is in theaters now.
Source: Times Online