Brad Pitt Hates Paparazzi - Says Family Makes Him "Rich"

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and kids

About once a year Brad Pitt sits down with the annoying Ann Curry of the Today Show for a grilling about both his professional and personal life. Papa Pitt is ready and eager to talk about the professional side of things--he's currently promoting his latest film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as his Make It Right project which builds houses for those devastated by the levees breaking during Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. When the questions turn to his personal life, however, Mr. Pitt is uncomfortable and less than enthused. This is most likely because his entire life is a spectacle, one that he helped build and which he and his partner Angelina Jolie continually seek to control. Still, while reluctant to discuss much about what goes on behind closed doors at the Jolie-Pitt house (which is back to New Orleans these days), Brad did have a few things on his mind.

For one, he hates the paparazzi. And yes, he used the word "hate." Contrary to popular belief, celebrities don't like it when they're followed every step they take, when they're hounded and their kids are hounded too. It's unsafe, it's unprofessional, it's creepy and, as Pitt strongly vocalized, it should be illegal. I couldn't agree with him more. I don't mind writing about what he and Ange do with the kids or how they're slowly saving the world one step at a time, but it really freaks me out that some jerk with a camera would just as easily shimmy up the side of their French Quarter apartment and inflict harm on the family if necessary in order to snap a picture.

On the positive side, though, Brad said that his family made him "rich." His children come from all over the world and bring so much with them in terms of culture, etc. They play together and have made a family together despite being from opposite ends of the earth. Brad said there were things he liked to keep private, in his heart, and those things are most assuredly his relationship with his partner and his kids. Brad could arguably have more money than most people in the world, but that kind of richness seems not to compare with what he gets from his ever-expanding family. Warms the cockles, doesn't it?

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