We generally hear about drama with nannies in Hollywood, but today it's coming from a different end of the spectrum. Mark Billingham, former bodyguard for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, is stepping forward and claiming that he "practically fathered" their six children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.
The interview, published on October 16 in the U.K.'s The Sun, detailed that the former SAS officer traveled the world with the famous family as their head of security for 18 months.
When asked about his primary role, Billingham said that the children (aged 8-15) were his main concern. He was responsible for making sure they were out of harm's way and said his biggest concern was, "the kidnapping of the kids, it's all about money. Angie and Brad are very worried about who goes near the children."
The 51-year-old bodyguard said that the couple was comfortable with him around the children by saying, "It was clear from the start we had a great chemistry and they trusted me with the kids. We got very close, I was living with them all the time.” He went on to explain that other people could come along with them, but they were not allowed near the children. Billingham said, "they could look out for them from a distance but they couldn't physically touch them."
When describing the difference between his relationship and other relationships with the kids, he said: "I could take the kids anywhere I wanted to on my own. No one else was allowed to do that. -- I took them swimming. I fathered them, basically."
When it came to his duties outside of caring for the children, Billingham was responsible for ensuring that Brad and Angie were always looking presentable and feeling comfortable in all situations. He told The Sun, "What surprised me was their low level of common sense. I found it crazy when they would ask me questions like, ' How do I go down to that bar?' and 'What do I need to get there?' They're not stupid, but because of that world they live in they just haven't done something like that in so long. I found that weird."
Billingham left his job with the Jolie-Pitts in an effort to return to a normal life. He says he was exhausted and never had a private life. He has six children of his own and said, "I lost direction in my own family life."
As we reported before, Jolie and Pitt have recently split and are in the midst of a custody battle.