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Brad Pitt's tough upbringing has left a lasting imprint on his attitude to parenting. He was raised in a strict Southern Baptist household in Springfield, Missouri, which left him feeling "guilty" about what he could and couldn't do.

As a father of 6 children with fellow Hollywood sex symbol Angelina Jolie, Brad has taken these life lessons and sculpted his own parenting style. He's keen to avoid religion altogether, now identifying as an atheist.

Bill, Angelina, Jane and Brad
Bill, Angelina, Jane and Brad

Despite the strict religious roots which Pitt didn't agree with, his parents (Bill Pitt and Jane Pitt) did impart some virtues which the 51-year-old will pass on to his own offspring. He said:

"[My father] could be a softie. But one thing my folks always stressed was being capable, doing things for yourself.
"He was really big on integrity – and that informed a lot of what [we] try to do now."

Total Chaos

Pitt and family
Pitt and family

With half a dozen children, life in the Pitt household must be frenzied. Brad has previously referred to home life as "chaos, total chaos. But so much fun". With great parenting comes great responsibility; Pitt himself clearly takes his role of a father figure seriously. He said:

"I feel like my job is to show them 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."

Perhaps this suggests his own atheist belief won't necessarily be forced upon his children, especially considering Angelina has previously spoken of her belief in something more, which is "uniting and beautiful".

As if the challenge of raising such a big family wasn't big enough, the pair have still continued to work tirelessly. They both star in Angelina's new movie, By the Sea, which was released earlier this month. If you've not seen it yet, check the trailer out below:

Source: Telegraph


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