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Brad Pitt wanted 12 kids

BRAD Pitt and Angelina Jolie wanted to have 12 children.

The loved-up couple already have their hands tied up with their busy careers and caring for their kids Maddox, 14, Pax, 11, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, nine, and seven-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, but the hunk has admitted they were initially planning to add another six little ones to their brood.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said with a smile: "Listen, Angie and I were aiming for a dozen [children], but we crapped out after six."

And it may be just as well as the 51-year-old actor has revealed their family life can be "total chaos" at times.

He explained: "It's a lot of love, a lot of fighting, a lot of refereeing; a lot of teeth-brushing and spilling... Chaos, total chaos. But so much fun."

Brad's plan to have a big family with his wife Angelina, 40, whom he met on the set of 'Mr and Mrs Smith' in 2004, stemmed from his own childhood after watching his friend grow up with lots of brothers and sisters around him.

And that's not the only thing his childhood inspired, as the handsome star has admitted his dad was "very very tough" on him and his two siblings growing up and he now has a similar parenting tactic when it comes to his own kids.

Brad, who is an atheist after turning his back on his religion, said: "Girls do no wrong so I don't have to be [strict].

"I feel like my job is to show them around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are."