Angelina Jolie: ‘Adoption Is A Good Word In Our House’

The Jolie-Pitt household is definitely a busy one, with two superstar parents and six kids under eight. With the oldest three – Maddox, 7, Pax, 5 this month, and Zahara, 3 1/2 – being adopted, it’s no surprise that the word ‘adoption’ gets mentioned a lot. And according to Angelina Jolie, “the word ‘adoption’ is a good word,”

“We talk about orphanages, we talk about their countries and differences, and it’s a source of excitement and pride. 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’.”

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And, after giving birth to twins Knox and Vivienne almost four months ago, Angelina says they plan to adopt their next child, not have another biological one,

“Most likely we’ll adopt again,” she calmly announces. “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.”

Angelina also talked about the changes that partner Brad Pitt brought to her life, and to her plans about her family,

“Early on when we met, we had this time when we were working together and we just spent it discussing how we saw our lives and what our plans were for the future. And there was a day when we both talked about wanting a large family. At the time 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.”

Angelina gave birth to the couple’s first biological child, Shiloh, 2 1/2 years ago. And one of the perks of having a biological child – Brad enjoys the curves pregnancy brings!

“I’m with a man who sees the beauty in the journey the mother’s body takes, as I think all men should. But some men just don’t, unfortunately.”

As for the recent W Magazine shoot, Angelina explains,

“I’d just had the kids six weeks before and felt so private, it didn’t feel right having a photographer fly across the world with a rack of stylish clothes for me to wear. It became this one-week project in our house,” Jolie says. The way she tells it, matters quickly got out of hand, and some of the photographs proved far too sexual to be released on an unsuspecting American audience. “Yeah, we thought about it, 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.”

And, some people wonder, with Maddox being school-aged and Pax and Zahara getting there quickly, what do they do about school for their kids? Currently, it’s in the hands of traveling tutors, including ones who speak her children’s native languages – she wants Pax to learn something of his native Vietnamese, and Maddox to keep up his Khmer.

“But we all wanted to have one second language in common, and we chose French,” she says. That’s part of the reason they decided to settle in Provence, where they have bought a substantial property. “We love the quality of life there, it’s slower and sweeter and very family-oriented,” says Jolie.

Changeling is released nationwide on November 28.

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