Where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Differed on Parenting, in Their Own Words

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By Francesca Bacardi Sep 20, 2016 5:37 PMTags

There's a lot of speculation surrounding Angelina Jolie's decision to file for divorce from Brad Pitt, but there's one thing we do know for sure: "Angelina will always do what's in the best interest of taking care of her children," Geyer Kosinski, manager for Jolie, tells E! News in a statement. "She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

Sources told TMZ that Jolie was upset by Pitt's parenting methods. That being said, E! News is looking back at how Pitt and Jolie differed on parenting, using their own words.

Pitt admitted to The Telegraph that he was tougher than Jolie when it came to punishment. "I am [the disciplinarian] with the boys. Girls do no wrong, so I don't have to be," he told the publication in November 2015.

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"I feel like my job is to show 'em around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are."

But Jolie confessed she used to be tougher. "I used to be the tougher parent but since the birth of the twins, Brad's had to play bad cop more often," she explained to Britain's OK! Magazine in March 2012. "It also depends on which of the children we're talking about...I think I'm a little closer to the girls, maybe, but he's always making them laugh." 

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Although there is speculation that their different styles of parenting led to the split, it seems that their different tactics word in their favor for a while. "He loves being a father and that's one thing I'm most proud of about him. With a large family, you need that support," the Changeling actress told The Mirror in March 2014. "Brad is a wonderful teacher and guide, for the boys in particular. He likes to plan things and proceed in a very deliberate and methodical way. He is much cooler and calmer...I can be more impulsive and outspoken."

Pitt also copped to messing up in his role as dad. "Not [like I'm] a horrible parent, but I've certainly made mistakes and had to make up for it," he told People in 2011.

Though there are some references to how they differ, most of Pitt's and Jolie's quotes were filled with love and admiration for each other. "We wake up, we make breakfast. In our domestic life, we're Mom and Dad," she told the Wall Street Journal last year. "And often we're dorky Mom and Dad, which the kids find ridiculous."