Brad Pitt has revealed that he and actress partner Angelina Jolie sold the first photos of newborn twins Vivienne and Knox in 2008 in a bid to maintain control over the way the twins were introduced to the public and to protect them from invasive paparazzi.

“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,” the 48-year-old actor admitted on National Public Radio.

The Hollywood couple sold the pictures to Hello! and People magazines for a reported $14 million (£8.75 million), which they then donated to their charity, The Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

“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 the money going to people I do not respect, we would make some good out of it,” Brad continued.

The Jolie-Pitts are definitely no strangers to the world of paparazzi as Brad confesses that it’s like a covert spy operation trying to leave the family home. “We have to plan an escape every day just to get out 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.”

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