That belief that you can’t have everything? Yeah, that doesn’t seem to apply to Brad Pitt, does it? Aside from having one of the most recognizable faces in the world, a career most only dream of and being one of the most in-demand actors, Brad has a rock-solid marriage (to equally famous Angelina Jolie), six wonderful kids and a fairly discreet private life.
But as far as Pitt is concerned, it isn’t the fame and the recognition and the work and the money that makes him rich (though we’re sure his net worth might have something to say about it). Rather, the reward at the end of the day is his children.
“You learn to value the basic beauty of family, of watching your children grow and evolve,” he told Psychologies magazine. “It’s the most beautiful thing you can experience. I feel like the richest man alive since I’ve become a father.”
Being a good dad — to Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 6 — “has changed me on so many levels and made me more generous and alive,” declared Pitt. “I see my children as an essential part of my life, and it means so much to be able to educate them and help them make their way in the world as they grow up. I love being a father and all the responsibilities that entails.”
While it’s true Brad and Angelina are in a place where they can afford to put family first, it’s still nice to see someone who hasn’t let the trappings of that glamorous life interfere with, well, life. “I worry about them all the time,” he said. “That’s the emotional bond and responsibility that sweeps over you when you have a family to look after. I care about them more than I care about myself, which I think is the real definition of love. You see past yourself and become more generous and giving, and wanting only the best for your family.”
Of course, that’s not to say those without children don’t get these feelings of overwhelming love for another person. Brad’s merely referring to himself and what many parents out there feel — that having kids makes you realize what unconditional love truly is. Money can’t buy happiness, nor does it make you happier; relationships do. If your wallet is no longer big enough for your 100s, you still feel the same way you did before (though you might live in a bigger home, drive a fancier car and wear more expensive clothes). And once you get rich, you still tend to want more, more, more. This wealth Pitt speaks of is? Well, there’s no putting a price on that.