Brad Pitt and his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie, confirmed a recent study that revealed that parents spend about 37 hours a week worrying about their children.
According to Mark “Billy” Billingham, who worked for the former Jolie\Pitt couple as their bodyguard, they lose sleep worrying that one of their children could be kidnapped.
Before protecting celebrities like Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, and the Jolie\Pitt clan, Billingham had an impressive military career.
The Australian man was awarded an MBE for leading a mission in Iraq to rescue a British hostage and was recognized by the Queen for his bold decision to capture an IRA sniper using himself as bait.
Billingham protected the former Hollywood couple and their kids — Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox for 18 months.
In an interview with Woman’s Day, he revealed the actors’ biggest concern by saying: “The biggest concern for them was the kidnapping of the kids, it’s all about money. Angie and Brad are very worried about who goes near the children.”
He confessed that being employed by high-profile celebrities like Pitt and Jolie was rewarding for this reason: “Working with such high-profile celebrities 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. 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.”
He also revealed what was impressive about the celebrities and shared this little secret about them: “The one thing that surprised me about working with Brad and Angelina was their time management, and how they had time to do everything from family life to work and to charity. I learned a lot of lessons from them, they learned a lot from me and the beauty of working together was the mutual respect.”
Jolie and Pitt’s bitter divorce battle is marching on after splitting in 2016. They are also going at it in court over Pitt’s request for 50/50 custody.
Meanwhile, Billingham had this to say about serving in the SAS: “I served 20-plus years with the world’s greatest elite force. Whether it was releasing hostages, firefighting on the battlefield, capturing war criminals, or taking out terrorists, every day felt like an adventure. I am humbled and extremely proud of my military career that I rose to the rank of sergeant major [Warrant Officer 1 to be exact] in the SAS, and the fact that I didn’t lose a single man in Iraq.”
While the revelation is a bit surprising, the former power couple has always put their children first.