Mother of six children Angelina Jolie says she’s always surrounded by commotion at home, even when taking a bath.
The actress and her fiance Brad Pitt raise six kids together, Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Having such a large brood means Jolie, 38, rarely gets time for herself.
“You get used to having this huge commotion around you. I’d always been the kind of person who enjoyed being alone but once our family grew larger I discovered that I’m truly happy surrounded by the children.
“I let them come in when I’m taking a bath or lying down on the sofa or the bed. Sure, you might enjoy moments by yourself but then you feel so much joy when your children jump around and want you to play with them or to see what they’ve drawn or listen to something they want to tell you.
“It has been surprising to me how much I love all those moments,” Jolie told Hello! magazine.
The actress and director admits having the twins was a complete shock to her system. She felt exhausted and is forever grateful that Pitt took control of looking after the other children for her.
“Brad just stepped right in and made sure that the other children were getting their breakfast and going off to school on time. He loves being a father. That’s one thing I’m most proud of about him,” she said.
The couple confirmed their engagement in April 2012, after seven years together.
Jolie says they always ensure that they don’t forgo time together despite their busy home life.
“You learn to reserve certain nights either to go out or just be together without the kids,” Jolie said.
“All couples need to make time for that and even though it can be tough with six kids – especially after I had the twins – things have settled into a more natural rhythm.”