This week Angelina Jolie opened up about the way she is raising her six children during an interview on BBC Radio 4: “[My kids] all have a good rebellious streak that is wonderful and curious. 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.”
“I was a bit of a young punk,” she explained. “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. And I don’t feel I’ve changed much at all, in fact.”
“I think, like most parents, we try our best to insert good stuff and we can’t control everything that they’re exposed to, so we try to ask that they will talk to us about anything they saw that bothers them or that they’re concerned about,” she said.
“The truth is that my children have seen things about themselves, even from what’s considered serious news people, that are inaccurate,” she admitted. “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.”
“They are from different backgrounds, they don’t deny the difference, they celebrate the difference,” Jolie told the outlet. “We go to their countries, spend time in their countries. … Shiloh, for example, is the one that’s learning Mad’s country’s language, and Vivienne wants to live in Zahara’s country. So just because they’re from a place doesn’t mean that that’s everything that defines them.”
Last month, after two years of ugly batteling, a child custody agreement has finally been reached between famous exes Pitt and Jolie. Angelina’s attorney Samantha Bley DeJean shared on Nov. 30 that: “A custody arrangement was agreed two weeks ago and has been signed by both parties and the judge. The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests of the children.”
A source close to Brad told US Weekly at the time: “Brad and Angelina will have joint physical and legal custody of the children.”
“Over a period of the next six to eight weeks, the monitored visits will come to a conclusion. The children will immediately begin to have overnight visits with their father. The monitors will be in place for those first overnight visits, and this was done at Brad’s request. Brad recognizes this is going to be a change from what the norm had been and wants to make the transition as smooth as possible.”