Pitt Opens Up About Decision To Sell Photos Of His Twins

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September 25, 2011 | 8:45pm EST

Brad Pitt and longtime girlfriend Angelina Jolie sold the first photographs of their baby twins to a news outlet to ensure the paparazzi didn’t profit from snaps of the newborns.
The superstars welcomed Vivienne and Knox in 2008, and subsequently sold the rights to the first photos of the babies for a reported $14 million .

Opening up about the decision to put out exclusive pictures, Pitt admits the couple simply wanted to remain in control of the way their newborns were introduced to the public.

He tells National Public Radio, “It’s a very strange thing to be selling photos of something that’s very intimate and personal. And those of which you want to protect. We have to plan an escape every day just to get out of the house – kind of a Mission Impossible with decoys, and that’s the life we live in, and that’s the one we asked for.

“But we knew there was a bounty on our head… and we know the lengths they (the paparazzi) go to to get that shot. So we figured, ‘Let’s cut it off in the beginning,’ and instead of that money going to people I do not respect, we would make some good out of it.”

Jolie and the Ocean’s Eleven star reportedly donated the money to their charity organization the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.