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Angelina Jolie Says Children Are a Bigger Commitment Than Marriage

Which Is More of a Commitment: Children or Marriage?

Angelina Jolie has a lifelong commitment to Brad Pitt even if they never walk down the aisle. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the actress and mother of six — Maddox, 8, Pax, 6, Zahara, 4, Shiloh, 4, and Vivienne, and Knox, nearly 2 — made it clear that the big brood bonds the couple more than any marriage certificate ever could. She said:

"It’s just like we already are. Children are clearly a commitment, a bigger commitment [than marriage]. It’s for life."

Her proof may be in the divorce papers. The actress's relationship with Pitt has outlasted her previous (three-year) marriages to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton. After five years together, Hollywood's hottest couple also surpasses the length of Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston. None of the couple's previous relationships produced children, but their union has made for one big happy, chaotic family. Do you agree with Jolie's sentiments?

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
I think that if you do it right they are both huge commitments. I would never value my children over my marriage though, and that's one reason I wouldn't be having them, because they absorb so much of a person's life.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
It depends on how much you commit yourself, I guess. People get divorced everyday and kids get taken away from their parents by Children's Services everyday. It's sort of like asking, what's more wet, water in a cup or water in a bucket? Though I voted children, if you don't feed your husband he will feed himself, if you don't feed your baby it will starve.
psterling psterling 5 years
Children are a bigger commitment but marriage is a bigger commitment to your partner. My parents barely spoke after their divorce, so while they were never really free of one another, they were in no way committed to each other.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
You can marry someone (and not have children) and once you divorce you don't need to see each other again if you don't want to, but if you have children you are stock with that person for the rest of your life.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
I agree that children is bigger commitment as in, the children will still bind you for life even though the couple get a divorce. My husband and I definitely still see each other as each other's no.1 priority as bad as it sounds to many parents, because we know our son is going to become an adult and leave our roof, and we're still going to be with each other.
Chrstne Chrstne 5 years
Children are a huge commitment. They are yours for life, and nothing can break that bond. Heck, even if you give your child up for adoption, you can't just un-do the fact that you gave life to another human being. Marriage is a piece of paper, and pieces of paper are easy to get rid of. In fact, my own father declared the same sentiment to my mom, "it's just a piece of paper" and tossed it into the fireplace. You can get rid of people who piss you off (a husband/wife), and in some cases you can get your whole marriage completely taken off the record, as if it never existed. You can't do that with kids.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Children. Definitely. I married and divorced my daughter's dad, but he will be in my life until our daughter is an adult. We're still Liz's parents. We talk on the phone every day so Liz can talk to whichever parent she's not staying with and we can touch base about how she's doing. And no matter whether or not either of us enter into another romantic relationship, we WILL have that daily contact. It's not because I really want to talk to him, I don't; I just need to show Liz that Mom and Dad talk to each other so we're on the same page. No matter what, the two of us are her parents.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
Children are certainly for life. I agree children are a bigger commitment. That said, I would prefer to also have the sanctity of marriage backing us, before I go ahead and also introduce children into our relationship.
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