While visiting Brad Pitt‘s home digs in Springfield, MO, he and Angelina Jolie sat back and did absolutely nothing while their brood of six wild animals (“children”) tore up a local pizza place, throwing food at each other and jumping on the tables.
An inside source told US Magazine that whenever Brangelina and their murder of minis cruise through town they shut down Arris’ Pizza for the night, give the nannies the night off, and unleash the madness for some family time. The kids roamed in a pack and under the tables while Brad and Angelina engage in some good old fashioned adult conversation.
But wait wait wait, I’m going to stop here and ask you to put a hold on the flaming parenting outrage (and yes, there’s always outrage about how someone else is choosing to raise their kids). The key phrase in that really-none-of-our-business-who-leaks-this-stuff-anyway news is ‘they shut down Arris’ Pizza for the night.‘
It would be one thing if Brad and Angelina let their crew get rowdy at a restaurant while it was open to the public, ruining the meals of everyone around them. It would be one thing if they hadn’t paid for that service and whatever cleanup I’m sure it required. But they didn’t.
The couple is clearly self-aware enough to realize that if they want to dine casual college-party-style with their six children, the place for that is not in public. They closed the restaurant for the night both for some semblance of privacy and to save the other patrons the same pain we’ve all felt trying to supervise a herd of 4-year-olds at a birthday party, because they know no one except a parent wants to have dinner with that.
Since it’s implied that this is a semi-regular arrangement for the Brangelinas it’s also safe (ish) to assume that they haven’t been kicked out and asked never to return. As long as they’ve paid their bill, hopefully tipped well, and said their (profuse) thank-yous to the staff my beef ends there.
To the slew of parents (and non-parents) getting ready to spit out, “I WOULD NEVER,” and, “WELL MY PERFECT ANGELS–” Stop. Just stop. We get it, you’re so much better than everyone else and your kids have never, ever misbehaved in public.
Is table jumping and food throwing appropriate for an evening out at a restaurant? No, of course not. Is it appropriate when you’ve rented out an entire restaurant for a private party? Eh. Appropriate? Maybe not. Natural behavior for six excited kids who are letting off steam? Definitely.
We have no way to know if this is a nightly occurrence for the Brangelina family or a one time a year special blowout, but there’s a time and place for everything, even practicing your table manners (or not). Whether you agree with their parenting decisions (also or not) from the outside Brad and Angelina seem hands-on and madly in love with their wild brood.
PSA: No matter how “rude” you may find it throwing food is not going to turn any of these kids into murderers. Lighten up.
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