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Angelina Jolie: ‘Motherhood has been one of the great surprises of my life’

angelinajolie22Hollywood actress and mother-of-six Angelina Jolie has said her enjoyment of motherhood has certainly come as a surprise to her…

Angelina Jolie, who is raising adoptive children Maddox, nine, Pax, six, Zahara, five and biological kids, Shiloh, five, and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with her long-term partner Brad Pitt, has admitted that she never imagined having kids, with her maternal feelings only materialising when she started a relationship with the actor back in 2005.

In an interview with OK! magazine, the 36-year-old actress said: “It’s been one of the great surprises of my life. When I was younger I never imagined being a mother and then those maternal feelings really evolved and deepened once I began adopting and started living with Brad, which made me want to have children of our own.

“I feel truly at ease when I know I’ve helped give them a safe and hopeful life. A big family can generate a lot of chaos, but it’s also a source of inner peace – the best feeling in the world. I’m much less anxious about life and so much more light-hearted and carefree.”

Angelina also revealed that she and Brad cope with the “chaos” of family life by effectively sharing childcare.

“Brad has always had a very close relationship with Mad and I tend to let him look after the boys and take care of discipline while I keep the girls in line!” she explained. “Sometimes they try to play one parent off against the other but Brad and I maintain a united front. It’s the same rules whether it’s mommy or daddy laying down the law.”


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