Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may not be doing their four children any favors by constantly schlepping them from city to city around the world.
The nomadic superstars, who have lived in at least a half-dozen cities in two years, may be hurting their eldest son, Maddox, 6, by pulling him from schools and the younger three by “not creating a stable environment outside the family unit,” said Manhattan-based psychotherapist/social worker Puja Hall, who’s been practicing for 21 years.
“Maddox is an adopted child, so he already has a sense of abandonment,” said Puja Hall. “Kids that constantly move are like army brats, in that very often they don’t want to open up to people. They feel loss, and there is a problem with attachment.”
So far, the Jolie-Pitt clan has lived in New Orleans, Paris, Namibia, Berlin and, most recently, New York, where Maddox attended the prestigious Lycée Francais for just six weeks. Now they’re in L.A., where Angelina is shooting “The Changeling.” Brad and Angelina are rumored to have enrolled at least one of the kids at Universal Studio’s child-care center.
“With the moves, the kids just don’t invest in relationships, because they’re going to lose them anyway,” Puja Hall told Page Six’s Marianne Garvey. “They think: ‘Why bother? I’m not gonna stick around. We’re gonna pick up and go, and the loss of friends is painful.’ ”
Puja Hall added that before Pax, 3, Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 16 months, get any older, Angelina and Brad need to decide where to settle down. “It needs to be weighed,” said Puja Hall. “At some point, they will have to make some important choices so the kids can form those bonds and keep them.”
That’s not the only problem – the kids also seem to be skipping the waiting lists at the schools. “We would most likely not take a child for just a few months, because we have a waiting list. If we take them for two months and you pay for two months, we lose money and someone on the waiting list loses a spot,” said an employee at Lycée Francais, where the yearly tuition is $18,000 plus a $2,000 contract-signing fee.
“You still have to pay for at least half the year,” the staff member said.
Angelina’s rep, Cindy Guagenti, said that the story was “unfair to them” and that “it’s nobody’s business what they do with their kids.” She said Maddox only goes to Lycée schools. Brad’s rep didn’t get back to us.
Obviously, I am inclined to agree that the children shouldn’t be moved around so much, but they have eachother…I mean, they are a big family and certainly have eachother to provide comfort and continuity.