Instead of micromanaging her six children’s lives, Angelina Jolie lets Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox pave their own paths. “[My kids] all have a good rebellious streak that is wonderful and curious,” she said on the Dec. 28 episode of BBC Radio 4’s Today show. “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.” The Maleficent actress, 43, used herself as an example!
“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. And I don’t feel I’ve changed much at all, in fact.” We believe it, coming from the OG Lara Croft herself!
But really, Angelina has realized that since becoming a parent, total control is pointless — she can only hope for honest conversations with her kids. “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 added. The Oscar-winning actress even admitted that she’s “had to learn” from the children she shares with estranged husband Brad Pitt, 55.
Angelina may not believe in helicopter parenting, but that doesn’t mean she leaves the children to themselves! She and the kids have been spotted out and about on shopping trips and a breakfast run a total of four times in the past week, starting on Dec. 22. But we’ve heard that Brad, whom Angie just settled her custody war with in November, isn’t pleased about the paparazzi shots that have resulted from the bonding trips. “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 close to the “Fight Club” actor EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife earlier today. “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.”Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.