The tranquil shores of France's Riviera, along with the relative anonymity celebrities and the rich can enjoy there, have long proved appealing for the paparazzi-hounded stars of Hollywood. Following in the footsteps of fellow mega-star Johnny Depp, who became a permanent French resident in the late '90s and owns a villa near St Tropez, it seems Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will also be setting up house in the country's scenic South on a permanent basis.
Jolie and Pitt took out a three-year lease on a £35 million wine estate in the small village of Correns, near Brignoles, in 2008. After dividing their time between Los Angeles and the Cote d'Azur, where Jolie gave birth to their twins Knox and Vivienne two years ago, the couple are now undertaking extensive renovations on the sprawling property and will move there permanently later this year.
The whole family is going to move there as soon as the renovations are done, a source told the Sun. They don't want [the kids] dragged around the world any longer. Brad is traditional and wants them to put down roots and have friends and go to the same school. It's expected that both actors will also phase out their work for awhile in order to enjoy the fruits of their renovation work. The plan is for both of them to do voiceover work in a recording studio in the chateau's grounds, the source said.
Currently, the Jolie-Pitts' extensive brood of six children, including adopted siblings Pax, Zahara and Maddox and biological kids Shiloh and the twins, have one nanny each, but plans for the new estate include a separate cottage for Pitt's parents to move in and become the childrens' chief carers. The plan is to get rid of the helpers and rely on Bill and Jane, the source said. The annexe they will live in is an old building which used to be used as a dovecote. It's big enough to have a sitting room, kitchen and a couple of bedrooms. Not a bad retirement present for a guidance counselor and a truck driver from Missouri, we'd say.
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