By Dana Flax
Many surface facts about Brad Pitt's life are considered public knowledge. For example: his big, non-traditional family, his architecture obsession, and how he totally made an illegal mid-season trade from Team Aniston to Team Jolie. However, in an incredibly frank interview in this Sunday's issue of PARADE, Brad shares a bunch of controversial beliefs, as well as some intimate tidbits about his personal life and brood. Check out a sneak peek of the gospel of Brad Pitt below.
Brad believes one should live and let live:
"I have love in my life, a soul mate -— absolutely. When someone asked me why Angie and I don't get married, I replied, 'Maybe we'll get married when it's legal for everyone else.' I stand by that, although I took a lot of flak for saying it -— hate mail from religious groups. I believe everyone should have the same rights. They say gay marriage ruins families and hurts kids. Well, I've had the privilege of seeing my gay friends being parents and watching their kids grow up in a loving environment."
Brad believes in the joy of family, even if he wasn't ready before (Sorry, Jen):
"My life has been about big changes. It's always been that way. When I go down a path, I take it to the end. Then I take another one. I took the path of not having kids—now it's time for family. Children are a dominant value in my life now, and they weren't before. They were always something I thought I'd get around to having when the time was right. It wasn't what I was really seeking. In a way, I think I had to go and exhaust me before I could be good at being a parent. This family is full of life! There are laughs, aggravations, irritations, but at the end of the day, it's fun. When life is really good, it's messy."
Brad believes that real men admit their fears:
"Angie's mom died a couple of years ago of cancer. I haven't had to face a lot of death. I'm untried in that way, and I don't know how I will deal with it. My real fear at this point is the safety and health of Angie and the kids. The fear of losing them is what keeps me up at night."
Brad believes you are what you eat (especially when it comes to the munchies):
"I liked to smoke a bit of grass at the time, and I became very sheltered. Then I got bored. I was turning into a damn doughnut, really. So I moved as far away from that as I could. I was done. In Missouri, where I come from, we don't talk about what we do—we just do it. If we talk about it, it's seen as bragging."
Brad believes we should all live in a colorful, multilingual world:
"I travel a lot. I don't feel restless, I just like to travel. I like to see it all. We're trying to spend more time in the South of France, because our kids have a more normal life there. I don't believe there is any way around our kids being international. So we have projects in each of their respective countries, and we put a big emphasis on their learning their native languages."
Brad believes in the seductive powers of the secret stone grotto behind the waterfall in his pool:
"[It's] a great place for sex."
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