Hollywood star Brad Pitt has said that he doesn’t care if any of his children are gay, saying: “I hope I teach my kids to be who they really are”.

In an interview with Parade magazine, Pitt, 45, said having a gay child wouldn’t bother him “one bit”.

“Would it bother me if a child of mine turns out to be gay? No, not one bit. I want my kids to live the lives they want to live. I want them to be fulfilled. I hope I teach my kids to be who they really are,” he said.

Pitt, who has six children with partner Angelina Jolie, including three who were adopted, also defended the couple’s decision not to get married, saying they won’t do it until “it’s legal for everyone else”.

“When someone asked me why Angie and I don’t get married, I replied, ‘Maybe we’ll get married when it’s legal for everyone else.”

He continued: “I stand by that, although I took a lot of flak for saying it – hate mail from religious groups.”

“I believe everyone should have the same rights,” he continued. “They say gay marriage ruins families and hurts kids. Well, I’ve had the privilege of seeing my gay friends being parents and watching their kids grow up in a loving environment”.

The actor said that his views stem from his position that all people should have equality.

In September 2008, the star made a $100,000 (£54,840) donation to the campaign against Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.