Brad Pitt Doesn’t Allow His Kids to Google Him

Brad Pitt is well aware that an Internet search of his – or his partner, Angelina Jolie’s – name yields hundreds of millions of results. But their kids would never know it.

"On all the kids' computers we had our names blocked," Brad Pitt said. "They can't Google their mom and dad. I don't want to make myself dependent on what other people think." Photo: Europa Press/Flickr

Brad Pitt, who is nominated for best actor at this year’s Oscars for his part in Moneyball, and Angelina Jolie had a Google problem, though it was easily fixable.

With so much information out there, both good and bad, about both partners, the actors decided they didn’t want their children to obsess over other people’s opinions of mom and dad, Cinema Blend reports.

Their solution? They went through each of the children’s computers and blocked their own names from the Google search.

“On all the kids’ computers we had our names blocked,” the actor, 48, said, according to People Magazine.

“They can’t Google their mom and dad. I don’t want to make myself dependent on what other people think.”

Pitt added that he and Jolie, 36, aren’t exactly searching for themselves either. “We don’t even notice all the noise,” he said.

With great fame comes strange parenting decisions and weird problems most of the rest of us won’t ever have to worry about. Still, this decision probably isn’t as rare as you might think.

In fact, in ‘Moneyball,’ Brad Pitt tells his daughter to stay off the Internet after she discovers people speculating on whether or not her dad will lose his job.

At that girl’s age, it’s probably not practical to avert her eyes, but considering the oldest of Pitt and Jolie’s kids isn’t yet in middle school, they can probably shield them for another few years.

Despite being just two years away from the big 5-0, Pitt says he enjoys getting older. “I love becoming an older man. Your thoughts get clearer.”

Brad Pitt also said in on of the interviews that he and Jolie “would like to marry.” He added: “It seems to mean more and more to our kids.”

“We’re getting a lot of pressure from the kids,” Pitt, 48, says. “It means something to them.”

According to US Weekly, Pitt admits he hasn’t “been very good” at explaining why he and Jolie have put marriage on hold since first becoming a couple in 2005. “We will someday. We will,” Pitt promises. “That’s a great idea.”

When his brood of six – Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, and Knox and Vivienne, 3 – asked him to “get mommy a ring,” Pitt vowed: “Okay, I will! I will.”

Some days ago Brad Pitt opened up about his battle with depression in the 1990s. Mental health groups have praised the actor for speaking so candidly about his depression, claiming his revelation will give many people “renewed hope”.

Pitt told the Hollywood Reporter he saw his experience with the mental illness as “a great education”. He said: “I got really sick of myself at the end of the 1990s.”

“I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much dope, I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut and I really got irritated with myself. I got to ‘what’s the point? I know better than this’.”

He continued: “I used to deal with depression, but I don’t now, not this decade — maybe last decade. But that’s also figuring out who you are. ”

“I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or a semester — this semester I was majoring in depression,” he added.

Pitt said he pulled himself out of his depression after seeing extreme poverty on a trip to Casablanca.

In Morocco, “I saw poverty to an extreme I had never witnessed before, and we talked about inequality and healthcare, and I saw just what I felt was so unnecessary, that people should have to survive in these circumstances… It stuck with me.”

Almost overnight “I just quit. I stopped grass then — I mean, pretty much — and decided to get off the couch.”

“Mental illness can happen to any of us at any time, whether famous or not, rich or poor,” said Mark Davies of Rethink Mental Illness. “We commend Brad Pitt for speaking so bravely and openly about his experiences.”

“Brad Pitt’s story shows that it is possible to recover from depression, which will give many people renewed hope.” In the 1990s, Brad Pitt starred in some of his best movies, including ‘Fight Club,’ ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘Seven.’

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