A bodyguard is sharing details on the time he spent working with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The former couple is locked in a bitter custody battle over their six children Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12, but there was no sign of tension during the 18 months SAS Australia directing staff Mark 'Billy' Billingham protected the family. Instead, the bodyguard told Woman's Day in an interview published Monday that working for Pitt and Jolie was "great."
"I learned a lot of lessons from them, they learned a lot from me, and the beauty of working together was the mutual respect," the 53-year-old said. "They respected what I had to do and I respected what they had to do, and it worked fine and created a very professional understanding.
Billingham explained that Pitt and Jolie's main priority was keeping their children safe
"The biggest concern for them was the kidnapping of the kids, it's all about money," he said. "Angie and Brad are very worried about who goes near the children."
During his time working as their bodyguard, Billingham caught a glimpse of their fast-paced lifestyle. He was amazed at how Pitt and Jolie juggled their careers with family life.
"The one thing that surprised me about working with A-list celebrities, in particular Brad and Angelina, was their time management and how they had time to do everything from family life to work and to charity," he recalled.
Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, after being married to Pitt for just two years. She later opened up about her decision to walk away from her marriage.
"I separated for the well-being of my family. It was the right decision," Jolie said in a June interview with Vogue India. "I continue to focus on their healing. Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds. In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people."
Pitt later admitted to using drugs and alcohol for a large portion of his life, which he said "became a problem" in his marriage. They have since been fighting a messy legal battle over their kids, but Pitt is reportedly doing all he can to make peace with his ex-wife.
"This ugliness has gone on way too long and it's his greatest wish for them to resolve as much as possible outside of the courtroom," a source recently told The Sun. "Whatever gets decided by the judge, they'll be co-raising the kids for the rest of their lives. He's willing to be the bigger person, and it's a positive sign that he's spending time with Angie again, for sure."
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