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Angelina Jolie gave more than just a dash of Salt when she spoke in a one-on-one interview with Parade magazine for the July 11 cover story. “We are not separated for more than three days, ever,” Angie explains on how she and Brad Pitt stay connected. “We’re very homebound. We’re very much Mommy and Daddy in our pajamas.”

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Angie insists to Parade that the children are not the sole reason she and Brad stay together.

“The children certainly tie us together, but a relationship won’t hold if it’s only about the kids,” the Salt star says in the new interview. “You also must be really interested in each other and have a really, really wonderful, exciting time together.”

“We do. Brad and I love being together. We enjoy it. We need it, and we always find that special time. We stay connected. We talk about it. It’s very important,” Angie explains. “If Brad and I are strong and happy, then our kids have happy parents, and that’s the best thing we can give them.”

“Brad knows me completely, exactly as I am, every part of me,” she adds. “He loves me. The kids love me. They know all my flaws and all my oddities. And they accept them. And so I can feel complete.”

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Angelina knows Brad loves her and feels bad for those who don’t have that.

“I feel sad for someone who has never known love. Love elevates,” she shares. “You know, Brad would joke about me having this conversation about love. Love? It’s such a funny word. Brad can find certain phrases of poetry for it. I’m terrible at it. But I know it means wanting the best for the people you love, putting their interests above your own, always. Love does that. Love is what you live for.”

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She admits she was a rebel in the past, but not anymore.

“I used to cut myself or jump out of airplanes, trying to find something new to push up against because sometimes everything else felt too easy,” Angie says. “I was searching for something deeper, something more. I tried everything. I always felt caged, closed in, like I was punching at things that weren’t there. I always had too much energy for the room I was in.”

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But now her life is very balanced with the help of Brad.

“He takes the kids to school; he visits me on set with the kids. I’m home for dinner, or I’m there for breakfast. We’re together all the time. We plan,” the mom explains. “Brad and I take time off between films to travel, have big experiences, do things together. That’s how we work it out.”

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“There’s never a period when Brad and I are pulled apart. We are not separated for more than three days, ever. We stay really connected,” Angie adds. “We actually don’t go out much. It’s funny. We’re very homebound. We’re very much Mommy and Daddy in our pajamas.”

Angelina’s new film, Salt, hits theaters July 23 and her full Parade interview hits stands July 11!

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