Brad and Angelina share how their four older children, Maddox, 7, Pax, 4, Zahara, 3, and two-year-old Shiloh, are finding life since the twins’ arrival.
“It is chaos,” laughs Angelina on life at the sprawling Chateau Miraval in Provence, “but we are managing it and having a wonderful time.”
Adds Brad: “(It’s) still a cuckoo’s nest.”
Fortunately, they already have some household helpers. “[Shiloh] and Z pick out [the twins’] clothes and help change and hold them,” says Angelina. “It’s sweet – they are little mommies.”
Doting dad Brad, meanwhile, confides: “Viv is proving to resemble Ange in spirit, attitude and physicality… And Knox, he’s a bit of me.”
Once you’ve seen the beautiful photo, join us back here to share your thoughts!
Strangely, People didn’t have the pic up on time, but Hola and Hello did!
UPDATE: Below are more quotes from Hello magazine:
How do you manage feed times with two babies?
Angelina: They are on the same schedule. They eat every three hours and I’m getting better at holding them both for breast-feeding at the same time, so that helps. Usually the other kids come in and hold them when they finish. They help with the baths and the changing.
Brad: We try to get them to eat simultaneously for the sake of management, but it gets a little crowded at the bar!
What was your reaction when you found out you were having twins?
Angelina: We were in shock and could not stop laughing.
Brad: We bust into hysterics. My sister had made a joke about twins literally the night before, because my grandparents and sis both had twins. Angie was on the table during the sonogram, and we were in hysterics.
We didn’t see this one coming.
Where did the name Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline come from?
Brad: The name Vivienne came to us early, as if she named herself. She has always been Viv. And Marcheline is to honour Angie’s late mother. Knox is a family name – my grandfather’s – and Leon is a classic French name.
Can you tell us about their personalities and any similarities to each of you?
Brad: I dare to say that Viv is proving to resemble Angie in spirit, attitude and physicality. She is quite elegant like her mother. And Knox, he’s a bit of me. He likes music like his dad. When he was born he looked like Putin!
What is Maddox like as a big brother?
Brad: This is Mad’s fourth and fifth time at becoming an older bro. He’s asking us when we can have more!
Has Shiloh embraced being a big sister?
Angelina: Shiloh calls them her babies. She and Zahara pick out their clothes, help change and hold them. It’s sweet, they are like little mommies.
Angelina, you spent the last two weeks of your pregnancy on bedrest in the hospital. How did you pass time?
Angelina: Brad and the kids came a few nights each week and spent the night. So we never went too long without seeing eachother. I also watched The War by Kevin Burns. I figured it would be the only chance I had to watch a 15-hour documentary!
Angelina, did you have any food cravings?
Angelina: My only craving was cheese and milk. Still is.
How is your recovery after sugery going?
Angelina: The first few days were a little difficult but we had a great team of doctors and they helped me feel better quickly.
Brad: She’s over-achieving.
Do you have any charity trips planned as part of your work with the Jolie-Pitt foundation?
Angelina: The next trip for our Foundation will most likely be Asia to follow up on the situation in Burma and our work in Cambodia. The boys have been asking to go so we will take them when Knox and Viv are a little older.
What are your next projects?
Angelina: We will be building TB/AIDS clinic in Ethiopia. One we plan for Zahara to take over when she is older.
Angelina also denied reports she had undergone fertility treatment to ‘speed up’ becoming pregnant.
She said: ‘If they had been conceived through IVF we would have been happy to discuss it.’
And Brad admitted that he was in awe of Angelina during the pregnancy and subsequent arrival of the twins via caesarean section.
He said: ‘I find the process absolutely heroic.’
And at the bottom of one spread it says:
Despite the fatigue, doting hands-on dad Brad is full of fun as he confesses that one thing he has learned from being a parent is that “using the phrase ‘because I said so’ is extremely satisfying”!
Definitely pick up this issue of People (or “Hello” for you UK-ers) as soon as you get the chance.