Los Angeles (Reuters): Globe-trotting Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have moved to New Orleans and plan to send their three children to school there, Us Weekly magazine reported on Tuesday. ''We love it there,'' Jolie was quoted as saying in confirming the move at the Golden Globe awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday night. ''The kids are going to go to school there. We're really looking forward to it.'' Representatives for Pitt, 43, and Jolie, 31, could not immediately be reached for comment.
But according to the story posted on the magazine's Web site, the couple's relocation to the flood-ravaged Louisiana city is at least partly in keeping with their off-screen devotion to various humanitarian causes around the world. They spent Christmas Day handing out presents to Colombian war refugees in Costa Rica. According to Us Weekly, the movie star pair moved to the Big Easy on Jan. 11 and have purchased a 3.5 million dollars, six-bed mansion in the city's French Quarter -- the fourth house owned by the couple. One diner at a Decatur Street restaurant told the magazine he saw Jolie quietly mixing with the locals the day after she and Pitt moved to town.
Us Weekly cites unnamed sources as saying Jolie plans on keeping a low profile in her newly adopted home town, where Pitt is currently on location shooting his latest film, ''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.'' ''She's interested in befriending normal moms so she can do things with the kids,'' one source told the magazine, adding that the couple also hopes to raise awareness for the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast region. ''They think it is important to be there right now'' and are already looking to get more involved in local charity work, the source said. According to Us Weekly, construction is set to start this month on 20 environment-friendly homes Pitt has jointly commissioned with the group Global Green USA.
Pitt, currently starring in the globe-spanning drama ''Babel,'' and Jolie, an Oscar winner for her role in ''Girl, Interrupted,'' co-starred as married assassins hired to kill each other in the film ''Mr and Mrs Smith.'' According to Jolie, they began a romantic relationship after Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston broke up in early 2005. Jolie has said they have no plans to marry but are committed to raising their three children together. Jolie adopted five-year-old son Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 and two-year-old daughter, Zahara, from Ethiopia, in 2005. She gave birth last year in Namibia to her first biological child, a daughter fathered by Pitt they named Shiloh. Pitt has also become the adoptive father of Maddox and Zahara.