A part of us still can’t believe that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are no more. It seems like just yesterday that they were announcing their first pregnancy, even though it’s already been almost three years since they announced their intent to divorce.
Brad and Angelina met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004, while Brad was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston. However, shortly after the couple announced their split in 2005, Brad went public with his relationship with Angelina. The following year, Angelina gave birth to the couple’s first biological child, daughter Shiloh. Brad went on to formally adopt Angie’s three adopted children, sons Pax and Maddox and daughter Zahara. The couple then welcomed a set of twins, Vivienne and Knox, in 2008, completing their famous family of six kids.
Although Brad and Angie finally tied the knot in 2014 after almost a decade of dating, the couple broke up shortly afterward in 2016 (though their divorce wasn’t officialized until this year). Since then, things have been pretty dramatic between the exes. Keep reading to take a trip down memory lane to see when Angelina was pregnant and things were much happier between her and Brad.
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20 Angie Doesn’t Mind If The Kids Misbehave
If you’ve been a fan of Angelina since the ’90s, then you’d know she was quite the wild child in her younger years. The actress has been open about her substance experimentation as well as the wild relationships she partook in during that time in her life. Thus, it’s not that surprising that the star has said she doesn’t mind that her kids have their own rebellious streaks.
“[My kids] all have a good rebellious streak that is wonderful and curious,” she told the Today show last year. “I don’t want them to be perfectly behaved little people that just say what’s absolutely appropriate because I say so…they have to find themselves.”
Angie added, “I was a bit of a young punk,” she continued. “I loved the idea of fighting for something you believe in however hard, and being brave in your life in your choices, and doing something your own way.”
19 Brad Isn’t Paying Child Support
Given how much both of these famous parents are worth, many fans wondered how they’d divide their assets upon their divorce. According to media outlets, the exes are still negotiating their finances. Last August, it was reported that Brad was refusing to pay child support, despite his ex requesting it.
“[Pitt] has a duty to pay child support. As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation,” Angelina’s lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean wrote in a court briefing that was obtained by Us Weekly.
“Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained by [Pitt] for over a year and a half, [Jolie] intends to file an RFO [request for court order] for the establishment of a retroactive child support order,” the statement continued.
18 They Have Very Strict Rules For Their Nannies
Given that they have six children and both of them still work full-time, it’s no surprise to hear that Angelina and Brad have been employing nannies for years. Back in 2011, the couple made headlines when a list of the rules they provide with their staff was released, show just how strict these two can be.
According to Hollywood Life, all of the nannies must speak at least two languages. Even more, each of their children had a nanny who spoke their native tongue. The nannies were also required to have a college degree in education or child development and must be willing to split their time between California, New Orleans, and France. The magazine added that the couple was willing to pay between $50,000 to $150,000 per year, depending on the nanny’s experience.
17 Angie Didn’t Want To Share Custody
Angelina and Brad have both seemed equally involved in their six children’s upbringing. But when the couple went their separate ways, reports said that Angelina was looking for full-time custody. We’re guessing that’s what pushed the exes to battle their custody disagreement out in court last year.
“Angie’s big issue continues to be sharing joint custody with Brad,” an insider explained to Us Weekly. “She can’t see past her anger for Brad that he is on his way to getting joint custody.” They added that Angelina had “objected to parenting classes,” although her ex-husband was described as “willing to try.”
16 They Always Had Different Parenting Approaches
To this day, the exact reason for Angelina and Brad’s divorce remains unknown. However, since the couple has been apart, more information has come to light about how they’re raising their brood. According to sources, parenting was always a source of contention in their household as the exes vary widely in their strategy.
“Their parenting approach was always very different,” an insider explained to People. “Since their separation, it’s been obvious that they weren’t going to figure things out on their own when it comes to the kids.” We’re guessing their opposite parenting strategies may have contributed to their ongoing custody battle.
15 Their Kids Are Aware Of The Tabloid Rumors
There have been all sorts of negative things said about Brad and Angelina throughout the years, whether it has to do with his divorce from Jennifer Aniston to their subsequent break-up only a few years ago. Now that their kids are into their teens, it seems inevitable that the parents will be able to hide such bad press from their children.
Last year, Angelina admitted she doesn’t even try to hide the tabloid rumors from her brood. “Here’s the truth ― is that my children have seen things about themselves, even from what’s considered serious news people, that are inaccurate,” she said on the Today show. “So my children have a very odd sense of who’s telling the truth and what the truth really is and what they actually believe or trust.”
14 Angie Is A “Softie” With The Kids
We’ve always imagined that you’d need a tough hand while raising six children, especially now that most of them are teenagers. But according to sources, Angelina is pretty relaxed when it comes to her parenting strategy. From the sounds of it, her kids definitely have her wrapped around their fingers.
Speaking to Us Weekly, an insider described the actress as a “softie” who “indulges the kids and wants to give them everything they want. They shared, “If one of them is interested in something, she really fosters that and makes it happen.” They added, “Her kids are her life. Every day is a new adventure.”
13 Brad Cleaned Up His Act Post-Divorce
It sounds like Brad may have been having troubles in his personal life before his and Angie’s divorce, which likely contributed to their split. Some media headlines have suggested the actor’s trouble with a common habit was to blame, while others said he had too much of a temper.
Since their divorce, however, sources say that Brad has gone above and beyond to clean up his act. He’s given up that habit and adopted an overall healthier lifestyle.
"He spent over a year learning to live a healthier lifestyle and he feels better than ever," an insider told Entertainment Tonight. "He is more than ready to take on a much larger role in his children's lives and that is finally happening. He missed being with them on a daily basis and this last Father’s Day with them was incredibly meaningful."
12 They Finally Have A Custody Schedule Worked Out
Things definitely seemed tense between Angelina and Brad last year at the height of their custody battle. Some reports said Angie was refusing to let her ex see the kids let alone have custody, while others said it was the kids themselves who didn’t want to see their dad.
However, now that the exes are said to have a legal agreement in place, it sounds like things are running smoother than ever.
“Their kids have a custody schedule and that's made a huge difference for the whole family,” an insider told Entertainment Tonight. “The schedule has alleviated any of the planning pressures Brad and Angelina have faced in the past. Now the kids spend time with both their parents and are happy and thriving."
11 They Disagree About Having The Kids In The Spotlight
When their six children were younger, both Brad and Angelina went above and beyond to secure their children’s privacy. They were rarely spotted out by the paparazzi and the parents rarely talked about their brood in interviews.
But now that the kids are older, Angelina has started taking them to Hollywood events- and it sounds like her ex isn’t too happy about it.
“Brad is saddened that his ex constantly trots the kids out in public to make it look like she is an amazing mother,” a source told Hollywood Life. “Brad remembers how Angelina always tried to avoid putting the kids in the spotlight while they were together and when she valued their privacy as a family.”
10 Angie Wanted To Move The Kids To Europe
Fans certainly didn’t see Angelina and Brad’s divorce coming, so we’re wondering if it was the same for their six children. Last year, amidst the exes’ ongoing custody battle, reports said their children were feeling “confused” and “upset” over what was going on.
The fact that their mom wants to move them to Europe permanently might have something to do with it! “If Angie had her way they’d stay in Europe indefinitely but the kids are [from America] and they miss their dad. They also find it terribly hard being away from their LA homes and support systems,” a source told Closer Weekly.
“They’re confused and upset that things have turned out like this,” they continued. “What’s worse is they can’t talk about their frustrations to either parent because they’re both so closed-minded and firm in their stances.”
9 She's All About Keeping The Kids Busy
Nowadays, it’s common for the paparazzi to catch Angelina taking her kids to an art exhibit or bringing them to a red carpet event. The mom-of-six clearly loves keeping her brood busy, so it sounds like there’s never a dull moment in their household.
“She isn’t trying so hard to look like a good mom; she is a good mom. She loves her kids and has access to do things like premieres and take them to enjoyable and different things so why not enjoy the perks that her life presents her,” one source explained last year, The Inquisitr reports. “She loves having a great time with her kids and being out, and she will continue to do it because it is only natural for her to do.”
8 But Brad Says He’s Tough On The Kids
It’s clear who’s the good cop and bad cop in the Jolie-Pitt family. Despite Angelina admitting to being more lenient with their kiddos, Brad has said he usually has a tougher hand.
When asked in 2015 by The Telegraph if he’s the disciplinarian in the family, Brad responded, “I am with the boys. Girls do no wrong so I don’t have to be.”
He continued, “I feel like my job is to show ’em around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are.”
7 They Don’t Want Their Kids To Be Famous
Given that they had six children, fans are expecting at least one of the Jolie-Pitt kids to get into show business like their famous parents. However, back in 2016, Angelina made it clear that she strongly hopes her kids don’t get into the spotlight.
“I hope not! We've always said if they're going to be actors I hope they do something [else first] and then be actors,” she said on the Today show.
However, the famous mom added that she did enjoy working with some of her children on the set of Kung Fu Panda 3. "I think what was so sweet about it was that they took it very seriously,' she added. "They came in and said, 'I don't know if I could do this. I'm not sure if I can do this'... but they really took it seriously as a job and getting it right and not doing a bad job."
6 Brad Put Fatherhood Before Dating
As soon as Brad and Angie became separated, the tabloids were busy guessing who the exes were moving on with. Neither of them have publicly been in a relationship since their divorce. And according to sources, it sounds like Brad is taking his sweet time getting back into the dating game so he can put his kids first.
"Brad was taking time to date, when he had the time. He also enjoyed quietly dating," an insider dished to Entertainment Tonight. "But now all he wants to do is focus on family. He has taken a step away from dating because of the importance of his children and also to help mend fences with Angelina."
5 The Kids All Have To Learn A Different Language
Since she’s adopted children from all over the world, Angelina has made it a point to ensure her kids keep speaking their native tongue. But even more than that, the celebrity also makes her children learn an additional language. Boy, must they be a bilingual family!
“All the kids are learning different languages,” Angie explained in 2016, People reports. “I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and Shi is learning Khmai... Pax is focusing on [the language of Vietnam], Mad has taken to [the languages of Germany and Russia], Z is speaking [the language of France]... and Knox is learning sign language.”
4 They Know Their Lifestyle Is Hard On The Kids
Neither Angelina nor Brad slowed down their professional life upon having six children. So, the Jolie-Pitt kids are used to traveling all over the world and staying in different cities for months at a time. As cool as that sounds, Brad has acknowledged this sort of upbringing definitely comes with its own challenges.
“Well, our life is their normal. Because we’re migratory workers in a sense, they have this wonderful thing where they get to be students of the world,” he told The Telegraph in 2015. “They have memories of being in Vietnam, or that time in Paris, or over in Calgary. The downside is friends, sleepovers, team sports – these have been the challenges that we’ve had to work out.”
Brad continued, “We do those things, but we really have to go out of our way. And Mom is a matador about it all – she’s fantastic. We get their friends to us a lot. And then when we set up in one place for any length of time I get on the team sports, because I really want them to have that understanding of being on the team.”
3 Angelina Is Closer To Her Daughters
With six children in the house, Brad and Angelina are bound to connect better with some of their children over the others. Angie once admitted that she feels closer to her daughters, although she envied how easily her then-husband was able to make them giggle and laugh.
"I used to be the tougher parent but since the birth of the twins, Brad's had to play bad cop more often," Angelina told Ok! Magazine in 2012. "It also depends on which of the children we're talking about... I think I'm a little closer to the girls, maybe, but he's always making them laugh."
2 They’re On The Best Terms Since Their Split
Things definitely got dramatic between Brad and Angelina when the two couldn’t agree on a divorce settlement let alone a custody arrangement for their children. But now that reports said the exes worked all of those details out last years, sources are saying Brangelina are on the best terms they’ve been since their divorce.
"[It’s] the best it's been since their split," a source told Us Weekly. "Brad and Angelina have come a long way. [It] time because there were a lot of very hard feelings." The insider continued, "While they don't agree about everything, they rarely argue now. Brad and Angelina are now at a point where they can discuss their children's plans calmly."
1 But They Still Have Trouble Being In The Same Room
Even though some sources say Brad and Angelina are doing better than they have been in a long time, it sounds like the exes still have a long way to go. Just last July, a source told Entertainment Tonight that the parents were still having a difficult time being in the same room as each other.
"[He and Angelina] still don't get along at all, and in fact, they can barely be in the same room," a source told Entertainment Tonight. "Brad doesn't want to rock the boat [by dating]. He wants to try to co-parent and the last thing he needs right now is to start another war because things seem smoother than they've ever been."
Sources: Us Weekly, People Magazine, Hollywood Life, Entertainment Tonight, Ok Magazine.