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Angelina Jolie gives much to charity, sounds off on fidelity

December 29, 2009 |  3:05 pm

Angie Angelina Jolie opened her arms wide this holiday season and gave, gave, gave -- her thoughts on fidelity and marriage, that is. She also wrote a big check for an important cause.

Jolie, partner of a very bearded Brad Pitt, told German publication Das Neue that the ball-and-chain factor doesn't exist in their coupling.

"I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship ... ," she said. "Neither Brad nor I have ever claimed that living together means to be chained together."

Her home situation may be easy-breezy, but the actress knows when attention must be paid to others. She and Pitt recently donated $100,000 to Florida and Illinois locations of SOS Children's Villages, an organization  that provides kids as an alternative to foster care.

“We have seen first-hand the remarkable job SOS does to raise orphaned and abandoned children and keep families together,” Jolie said in a statement.

At the two locations in Illinois and one in Florida, about 275 children have a place to live and to learn.

“The poor outcomes for foster children indicate that we must do a much better job of supporting them,” Pitt chimed in.

Pitt was spotted tending his own flock Monday ...

... taking son Maddox to see James Cameron's "Avatar" at an AMC theater in New York, according to The father and son enjoyed video games in the lobby before heading in for the sci-fi epic. 

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be unchained, but they certainly look happy here in December, at a UNICEF gala. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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