Behind every good man is a strong woman. And when it comes to Hollywood’s most famous couple, there seems to be no exception to this rule.
But it sure seems he’s found the perfect match in Angelina Jolie.
She’s a global humanitarian, mom-of-six, Academy Award-winner and cancer advocate. And now, Angelina has given one of the best quotes on motherhood.
In a new interview with the New York Daily News, Angie dished on how she juggles her career and the couple’s six children: Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, nearly 8, and 5-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
“I’m not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day,” the Maleficent actress, 38, said. “I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food.”
She added: “When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. And that’s why I’m in a rare position where I don’t have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it.”
“I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain,” Jolie, who is worth a reported combined $270 million with Pitt, said. “Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”
Amen to that, sister!
On the contrary, high-profile mom Gwyneth Paltrow recently said that being an A-lister makes motherhood more difficult.
A few weeks ago, the Iron Man star – who is mom to Apple, 9, and Moses, 8, with estranged husband Chris Martin - was put under serious scrutiny by both the media and working moms when she talked about her high-profile career versus women who work 9-to-5 jobs.
“I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,” Gwyneth said. “When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
These are two very different takes on juggling work and family life as a multi-millionaire.
To me, it seems like Angelina really ‘gets it’ by mentioning she has more support than “most women in this world,” and goes on to discuss everyday issues such as health care, food, and finances. Here’s a woman who has more wealth than most of us will ever know, and she continues to stay down-to-earth and focussed on socio-economic issues.
On the other hand, Gwyneth’s extreme privilege seems to have taken over her worldview. Please explain to me how her life is harder than the working mom who struggles to afford daycare fees, drive her kids to and from childcare, check in for her 9-to-5 job, then come home and make dinner every single day of her life for years and years and years. How is this routine easier than your occasional week or two away from the kids, Gwynnie?
One of the best quotes on the many privileges of high-profile moms is from The Mom Show alum, Laurie Gelman. Married to executive producer of Live! With Regis and Kelly, Michael Gelman, Laurie opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about this very topic, and urged us not to compare ourselves to A-listers.
“I don’t think that moms should beat themselves up because they’re not in their skinny jeans 3 weeks after they give birth,” Laurie said. “Or if they’re not completely and utterly together all the time because you have to remember that these celebrities have an entire team supporting them. They’ve got nannies, they’ve got hair and makeup people, they’ve got personal trainers. They really lead a different life from us.”
She went on to say there’s only one way of detecting the hands-on moms in Hollywood.
“Just look at a celebrity mom’s hands! If she’s got perfect nails, you know she’s not bathing her kid! Look at a real-life mom and you’ll see our nails are completely broken,” she shared. “So keep it in perspective and don’t give them too much credit because they’re not just like us.”