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