When it comes to quirky toddler behavior, 2-year-old Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt might just take the cake. In excerpts from an interview airing tomorrow on The Oprah Winfrey Show, dad Brad Pitt reveals that despite his daughter’s unique moniker she responds only to ‘John’ or ‘Peter’ at the moment.
"It’s a Peter Pan thing. So we’ve got to call her John. ‘Shi, do you want …’ -– ‘John. I’m John.’ And then I’ll say, ‘John, would you like some orange juice?’ And she goes, ‘No!’ So, you know, it’s just that kind of stuff that’s cute to parents, and it’s probably really obnoxious to other people."
Brad says that each of his six children with partner Angelina Jolie have good senses of humor, describing them as "the funniest people" he’s ever met — even though "they don’t mean to be funny." Something else they hopefully have in abundance is patience, for getting up and going anywhere is no small feat. "It’s like a half-an-hour just to get everyone buckled in and make sure they’ve got their snacks, and Z.Z. [Zahara Marley, 3 ½] has got a blanket and Shiloh’s got her silky," he notes. Fortunately, Angelina is "militant" about organizing family outings, much to Brad’s relief!
"She’s right on top of it. Thank God, because I’m always forgetting something."
Calling fatherhood "a great mirror for yourself," Brad feels that the kids push him to be the best person he can be, across all facets of his life. "It really tells you a lot about yourself and who you are and how you react to things," he explains. "They make me better…They make me a better person as a father." They also, apparently, deserve credit for making Brad "hard as nails" when it comes to dealing with bodily fluids! "I’m impervious to poo, snot, urine, vomit," he jokes. "You can’t get me; You cannot break me down."
In addition to Shiloh and Zahara, Brad and Angelina are parents to Maddox Chivan, 7, Pax Thien, turning 5 this month, and twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, 4 months.
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