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Brad Pitt snuggled into his warm jacket and scarf after dining in Berlin yesterday. Looks like Brad will be busy on the set of Inglorious Bastards right until it's time to celebrate with that adorable party of six, but we'd expect nothing less from the hardest working celebrity of 2008. Brad recently opened up about his family's gift-giving system and their plans for settling down. Here's more:

  • On settling down in France: "I've been dragging them all from continent to continent lately, so we're going to have to give them a break soon. For the long term, right now, we're choosing France. It's good living there, a really nice way of life. It's a place where the kids can run free and not be hassled – we have a good relationship with the locals, and it's a good base for the family."
  • On holiday presents: "We do exchange gifts, although we don't feel any pressure to make them big or expensive gifts. The kids don't ask for big gifts for the reason that they don't see a lot of the American cartoon television, which is packed with all those manipulative commercials for big toys that look so fantastic. When they do see that stuff is when they start asking for the toys, so we figure if they don't see them they won't know they're there. So we have gifts, but we try to keep the money spent to a minimum. The rule is that everyone's got to make something for someone else, you got to put time into it."
  • On his children: "I look down at the family and I see our boy from Vietnam, and our daughter from Ethiopia, and our girl's from Namibia,and our son who's from Cambodia, and . . . they are all brothers and sisters, man. They are all the same blood. It is such elation to see them all living together, and getting along together, and to know that we were able to give them a home — in some cases, to give them a life. It's a wonderful thing that we are able to do this because of the jobs we have — and it's a selfish thing, too, because the rewards are extraordinary."



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Sc0rpi0WithAHalo Sc0rpi0WithAHalo 8 years
Shiloh is just a Namibian born girl who is residing in France with American parents. I don't understand the factor of what makes her Namibian if Brad and Angelina were just in the country to give birth to her and move on. That's like saying you want a "southern belle" by giving birth to your daughter in Atlanta, Georgia but you ended up raising her in New Jersey. There's nothing in there that concludes her to be a southern belle. Where you are raised and what your parents are in terms of nationality and ethnicity mostly makes up what you are as a person. Charlize Theron is different situation than Shiloh. Charlize was raised in South Africa. She didn't leave there until she was 18. She still speaks her language till this day. She may live in American society but it's almost certain to keep her "tongue", she talks to friends back home and most likely her mother. There are a lot of white South Africans in South Africa (have you seen Blood Diamond?). I don't think because you stroll pass there that it makes you one. Angelina just happened to give birth to her there and she hasn't been there since. That doesn't make her Namibian. If the twins aren't raised in France...the same goes for them.
Phunkometry Phunkometry 8 years
Even if you're a citizen of a certain place, it doesn't make you That-Place-ian. If I were born in the US but lived in Canada my whole life, I'd say "I'm a US-born Canadian." Having an identity is more than just coincidence. It's experience, and, to some degree, blood. I consider myself Italian not only because I have citizenship, but also because I live the culture to the best of my ability here in the US, I speak the language, I visit as often as I can, I vote in the elections, and my whole family is Italian. I also consider myself American because I have lived here my whole life, so I obviously experience the way of life on a daily basis, I vote in this country, and I am a citizen. On a smaller scale, my friend was born in California, but, almost immediately after her birth, they moved to New Jersey. And she doesn't consider herself Californian in the least. I don't even know if she's ever been there since.
hmweis1 hmweis1 8 years
I'm sorry, I know Angelina and Brad are like gods in our society, but I'm so over listening to them talk about their family. The only difference between them and everyone else on earth is that they have money and they're famous. I can only hear them say the same things so many times and then it's just like "get over yourselves"! PS I do realize they're asked the same questions over and over again, but still.
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
love him!
Myst Myst 8 years
It's like that in Japan too Tulipe, citizenship is given by blood, and really by the father's blood. Even if you're 3 generations living in Japan, you're not considered to be Japanese and will basically have to revoke your citizenship with whatever country your parents or grandparents are from. I know it's crazy. But Japan, doesn't do dual citizenship unless it's involuntary .
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
France is the same as the US. If you were born in France, that's it. You're French. On the contrary, if you were born in Switzerland, that doesn't make you Swiss at all. You have to have "Swiss blood" (insane, I know) in you to be considered Swiss. So, in my case, I've never lived in Switzerland, but because my father is Swiss, I am too. People who've been living in Switzerland for 60 years may not be Swiss. It's kind of a weird system, in you want my opinion...
Myst Myst 8 years
Myst Myst 8 years
I didn't mean to offend you linda lol, it looks like it was an error on the hospital's part. You should have receive your daughter birth certificate. My friend's mom did something similar. Each time she was pregnant, she got a Visa to come to the US and had all of her children and went back to the Dominican Republic within a day or two after they were born and raised them there, but they are still US citizen, have their passwords and everything.
linda linda 8 years
Myst - I didn't run into the night after she was born like a The hospital gave me forms to fill out plus the bills to pay. I know there are bc forms (got them for my other children in Canada) but did not get one from the hospital in NYC. There seems to be a controversary (flyroo)but I will call my lawyer and get the what's what. And...I thought Marchline was born in Quebec hence the big my mother is "french" so my baby will be born in "France". Humpf..guess I don't follow them as close as I thought :@
Myst Myst 8 years
what are you talking about? Change your Id? I thought it was flygingsolo. Excuse me. Geez. But no you are wrong. A person i still an American by birth. The US outside of Britain is one of the few countries that give citizenship based on birth instead of parentage. If a person is born in the US they are by our laws a US Citizen. Go to the USCIS, I'll make it easier for you: U.S. citizenship can be obtained in one of four ways: * birth in the United States or its territories * birth to U.S. citizen parents * naturalization (the grant of citizenship after an application and exam), or * naturalization of one's parents. If you were born on U.S. soil, were born to U.S. citizen parents, or became a naturalized U.S. citizen and you have been living in the United States, you clearly have U.S. citizenship. But many people are U.S. citizens and don't know it. Most fall into one of three groups: People born in the United States who have lived most of their lives in other countries. If you fall into this category, you may mistakenly believe that your long absence from the country, plus voting or military activities elsewhere, have stripped you of U.S. citizenship. This is not the case. People who have U.S. citizens in their direct line of ancestry. If you have direct ancestors who were U.S. citizens, you may not realize that U.S. citizenship has been passed down the line, even if you were born elsewhere and your ancestors have not lived in the United States for a long time. Children of naturalized U.S. citizens who were never themselves naturalized. Children under the age of 18 cannot normally become naturalized U.S. citizens. However, when parents become naturalized, minor children with green cards gain U.S. citizenship automatically.
Myst Myst 8 years
Linda it could be because most birth certificates aren't given to you on the same day. You usually have to go back in pick up int within 1 to 4 weeks or however long it takes the hospital to finish their paper work. My best suggestion is to contact the hospital that she was born in and have their look up your records, which they will have. They can still issue your daughter a birth certificate so she wont have any problems.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
And Myst, it's very rude to change one's ID when you are addressing to that person - don't be condescending, it's really not becoming...and it shows a lot about your character.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Actually Myst they are not. There are rules regarding that: In the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898), the Supreme Court ruled that a person who is born in the United States of parents who, at the time of his birth, are subjects of a foreign power whose parents have a permanent domicile and residence in the United States whose parents are there carrying on business and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity of the foreign power to which they are subject becomes, at the time of his birth, a citizen of the United States, by virtue of the first clause of the 14th amendment of the Constitution.
linda linda 8 years
Myst - thanks for the information. I will certainly look into it. And what is really helpful is that my daughter works in television and would like to work in the States with MTV which would require her to apply for a green card. Being an American citizen would be beneficial for sure. I wonder why nothing was said to us. Not only at the hospital but also crossing the border.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I don't see anything wrong with Brad being proud of where his kids are from. I think it's nice that they are recognizing everybody's cultures.
Myst Myst 8 years
oh and her Angelina's mom wasn't born in Quebec. She's said it plenty of times. Her mom was born in Chicago. Her Grandparents are from Quebec.
Myst Myst 8 years
Linda it sounds you weren't informed by the hospital and the fact that you left the next day, is probably why you didn't get her birth certificate. But according to Title 8 of the U.S Code, "A child born on American soil automatically gets U.S. citizenship, unless the child is born to a foreign government official who is in the United States as a recognized diplomat. Children born in certain U.S. territories -- Puerto Rico, the USVirgin Islands, and Guam -- may also acquire U.S. citizenship" and this have been amended in our constitution since 1898.
linda linda 8 years
Netflix - I belive the kid would be Antartican? Myst...when I had my daughter (22 years ago) in NYC a birth certificate was not given to me or any other form of citizenship from the States. In fact, I left the very next day and drove back into Canada no questions asked. Unless the laws have changed since then. And when my daughter applied for her Canadian Passport a search is done and nothing about her being an American citizen came up. And yes..Canada is not exotic enough for Brad and Angie to have a baby. Even though her mother was born in Quebec which is still technically part of Canada...humpf. Ah well..the rants are done now that everyone has calmed down. It was fun while it lasted :) And I for one enjoy healthly opposition.
Myst Myst 8 years
actually Flysolo, according to our laws, they are US citizenships. Citizenship, is given by birth or by your parents here in the good US of A. That's why a lot of people have issues with immigrants who will actually come here to give birth, just so that their children can be US citizens. Oh and Blue, girl you have no idea how many places I lived lol. I was born in Germany by the way :D. I agree with you, being nomadic isn't all that great, but I had a pretty damn good childhood and I wouldn't change it for the world. But I'm with you Netflix. I'm not doing that to any kids I have, at least, once they reach school age. I'm moving back to Japan next year when the BF and I get married, who happens to have French and Japanese (my kids are going to be f**ked). :lol:
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
in some parts of Mexico its poor maybe their next child will be born or from there, maybe not, not exotic enough, btw people come on here to give their opinions whether they be good or bad
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
Myst being nomadic is fine and can be lonely but at least your parents didn't keep adopt different kids from every single continent to fulfill something they're missing and then tell the world how great your family is. Well i think nomadic kids are lonely but wise. I am one too but have not passed through as many places as you though!
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Myst, just because someone is born in a place does not make them automatically citizens. If some tourists are visiting the US and a child is born to them here, that child would not necessarily be an American citizen.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
Canada isn't exotic enough linda, it isn't europe or poor enough. Seriously i don't know why they crave being different so much, being different is cool but don't make it loud please, when you make it loud, you actually look cheesy.
Myst Myst 8 years
Blue I know what you mean, at least your pretty honest about it and I can respect that and your reasons for it. Some of the people on here however go on and on about how much they can't stand Brad and Angelina for their high horse, while they themselves are on a high horse, and their whole purpose it just to post on Brad and Angelina and talk about how much they can't stand them. As far as Theron, I understand what you mean about becoming alienated from your own culture. I'm trying to deal with 6 different ones. My dad is black and Vietnamese and my mom Haitian and Dominican, and I basically grew up in Japan. I am an American by birth since my parents are military, but prior to the age of 17, the longest time I actually lived in the US was 8 months that's when I was 9. So when my parents were finally stationed back in the US from Japan, there were some things that I just didn't get and I still don't till this day and I've been living here permanently for almost 9 years. So in this case I'll command the Jolie-Pitts for ensuring that the children grew up being prideful of who they are and where they come from. But I do agree that it is tiring that they feel the need to repeatedly say it in interviews.
linda linda 8 years
Really? I honestly didn't know that because my daughter was born in NYC she is also an American citizen. Very cool. The difference is that I did not move to NYC to give birth to her. She was born unexpectedly early while I was there shopping. My thoughts on Angie birthing her babies everywhere instead of the USA is questionable. Period. Not over analyzing (Myst) just voicing my opinion (bluesteyes). And yes..they are creating a rainbow family. I wonder if they will give birth to one of them here in Canada eh? Doubt it. Not glamorous enough for sure. Although we do have beautiful snowy mountains and beavers :) BTW...Mia Farrow, Steven Spielberg and many others have adopted children from all over the world and not once do/did they a) repeatedly remind the world (and themselves) where the children come from and b) they had their bio children in America.
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