In Touch (USA) - - Cover Story -

Five years ago, Brad com­pared life in­side the Jolie-pitt house­hold to a film that’s set in a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion. “Did you ever see the movie [ One Flew Over] the Cuckoo’s Nest?” he asked Ellen Degeneres. It’s got­ten even worse. “Their home was out of con­trol, an ab­so­lute bat­tle­field, like a mini Mad Max movie play­ing out 24/ 7. Toys, lap­tops, iphones, ipads, sharp ob­jects and junk food strewn around ev­ery home they ever owned or rented,” laments a for­mer teacher. “There were no rules and a lack of dis­ci­pline that no nor­mal par­ent in their right mind would ever put up with.” Although some of the older kids once at­tended the $20,000-a-year French-lan­guage Ly­cée Français school, which has cam­puses all over the world, “Brad and Angie de­cided to take Pax out af­ter a vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tion with an­other stu­dent — Pax punched a boy in the face. They took Mad­dox out as well. That’s when all the home­school­ing started.” The chil­dren act like they’re al­ways on the play­ground. “They’re un­ruly and un­man­age­able,” says the for­mer teacher. There’s lit­tle respect, adds a source close to the staff: “They’re openly de­fi­ant when it comes to nan­nies and tu­tors.” They also talk back, says a Brad in­sider, “and swear like sailors, which makes Brad fu­ri­ous. But Angie en­cour­ages the kids to ex­press them­selves and doesn’t think swear­ing is a prob­lem.” In fact, says the source close to the staff, “She’s al­ways got­ten a kick out of hear­ing the lit­tlest ones re­peat salty di­a­logue from R-rated movies. They can all swear in four lan­guages. And An­gelina can be­have like a petu­lant child, too, when she doesn’t get her way.”

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