Save for their Hollywood careers, what would you say Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are best known for? Maybe you will say their charity work, acting careers. In a way, adopting children is also a kind of charity on its own. This couple did their best to raise the kids when they were still together. But what was it about Shiloh that caught the attention of the public?
In 2002, Angelia Jolie had been trying to move forward after her divorce with Billy Bob Thornton. This was the time that she adopted Maddox, her first child. He was a 6-month-old Cambodian orphan. In 2005, she followed this step with the adoption of Zahara, an orphaned Ethiopian baby. However, it was a different story when the news broke out that she and Brad were expecting!
Building The Family
In 2002, Angelina Jolie adopted her first child from Cambodia. After she and Billy Bob Thornton split up, she started to raise Maddox on her own as a single mom. When she and Brad adopted Zahara together, the world was obsessed with their little family. However, many eagerly anticipated the birth of their first biological child!
Escaping the Media
The media simply could not leave the couple alone when they revealed that they were together. Even though they wanted a private life, the paparazzi were always there to report on their every move. It felt like everyone in the world was keeping an eye on what was going on between them!
As a matter of fact, things got so out of hand that they flew to Namibia so that Jolie could give birth over there. Everyone wanted to see their baby, but it was more complicated to report on the story when they went to Africa instead.
Even though people thought that they would be done after 3 kids, they decided to add another member to the family! After they welcomed Shiloh to the family in 2006, the couple adopted another child called Pax. The fourth child in the family was a 3-year-old Vietnamese orphan.
They might have a very diverse family, but Angelina works hard to show all the kids the same amount of love and affection. As a matter of fact, the hardships that came with the adoptions only made the actor and actress want children even more!
Adopting In Ethiopia
Even though they were A-listers, the adoption process was still hard for them. In 2005, things got complicated when they were adopting Zahara, who was a 6-month-old orphan living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After this, Brad announced that he will adopt Maddox and Zahara, who were Jolie’s kids.
From Jolie To Jolie-Pitt
That was the reason the two children ended up changing their surnames to Jolie-Pitt later that year. Everyone liked to hear the combination of their names. After all, this reminded their fans of the moment they became Brangelina.
Anyway, let us talk more about the first pregnancy carried by Jolie. The media already went wild after hearing that Brad was adopting her children, but this new development led to another frenzy. The couple wanted to keep things private. However, it was hard to do that when you are two of the most famous stars in Hollywood! Even so, the children did not choose to live under the spotlight.
Where It All Began
Things sound a bit awkward if you go back to the start of the relationship. Brad and Angelina met when they were working on Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Back then, he was married to Jennifer Aniston!
Brad got a divorce from Aniston when he started to fall for Angelina. The media went wild after this. There were rumors that they had an affair, but Jolie always denied this. She clarified, “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive.”
Much Anticipated Birth
What a controversial beginning! Despite this, things turned around for them when the world found out that she was pregnant. The relationship appeared more solid by then. They went to Namibia so that they could get more privacy. Together, the couple welcomed a little girl on May 27, 2006.
Photos For Charity
Photos of their firstborn child were granted to sell like hotcakes! In the end, Brad and Angelina sold some photos on their way and donated the proceeds to charity. If you ask us, this was a great way to welcome their child into the world!
In reality, the media tried hard to get photos of the baby as well. However, they failed. The couple was able to shoo them away with the help of local authorities. Reporters were not even allowed to go inside the hospital. The only people who could do so had to get written permission from Brad and Angelina.
At one point, there was a huge commotion. No one knew what was happening as it was going on. It was later revealed that a sneaky photographer tried to get inside the hospital anyway! In the end, they caught him and arrested him.
Brad and Angelina remained in Namibia with baby Shiloh for some time. The American media had no choice but to wait anxiously for their return. Many people speculated whether the couple signed a deal for the first photos of their newborn child. In the end, it was revealed that they sold the photos of the baby through Getty Images. The photos were published in People and Hello! for a shocking amount of money. Like we said earlier, they chose to give away the proceeds to charity.
It was only natural to assume that the excitement would die down sooner or later. However, this was not true. Apparently, there was a shocking thing on the way. It would even take the couple by surprise.
A Wax Figure
The birth was such big news that Madame Tussauds produced a wax figure of baby Shiloh! Manager Janine DiGioacchino defended this decision by explaining, “Even though she’s just a few months old, Shiloh is already an iconic figure in the world of popular culture.” Don’t you think that it is a little absurd to call a newborn baby an icon? However, the child would continue to fascinate the public years later.
Not Quite Done
A lot of people were shocked to hear another big decision from the couple upon their return from Namibia. It looks like something was still off for them. This was why they adopted one more kid!
Less than a year after they gave birth to Shiloh, Angelina decided to adopt Pax, who was a 3-year-old Vietnamese orphan. If you are wondering, she had to adopt the boy as a single parent. In Vietnam, the law says that unmarried couples are not allowed to adopt together.
The Jolie-Pitt Family
When they got back to the US, Pitt was able to legally adopt him. In 2008, the actor became the dad to one more son. They were now a family of six, and the Jolie-Pitt family could have been a poster unit for a diverse and loving family. Jolie herself knows how diverse the family must look. “Shiloh looks like Brad,” she once quipped, “it’s funny because she’s almost going to be the outcast in the family because she’s blonde and blue-eyed.”
Growing And Changing
It is not shocking to hear that the paparazzi just could not enough of Shiloh, especially when the child is with Brad and Angelina. As a toddler, people speculated if this celebrity kid would take after the actor or the actress more. At any rate, no one doubted that Shiloh would be a stunner!
Mom Or Dad?
Angelina might have said that Shiloh resembled Brad more, but there are fans who started comparing her resemblances to her child. Still, Shiloh is still young and could end up looking different in the future.
Everyone had their attention on Shiloh until the couple announced more big news in May 2008. At the Cannes Film Festival, Angelina Jolie revealed that they had twins on the way! The world started to prepare for more children that looked like Shiloh.
Next Came The Twins
The twins were born on July 12, 2008. Brad and Angelina named them Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. The couple struck a deal with the press and sold their exclusive photos for $14 million. Like before, they donated the proceeds to charity. In particular, it went to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
A Young Brad
They kept the twins away from the limelight, so the press still paid Shiloh more attention. When the child was seen in public, people thought that she took after Brad Pitt more with her blonde hair and blue eyes. Many fans thought that she looked just like a young Brad Pitt. Soon enough, she started to get a daddy’s girl reputation. This has a lot to do with the ways she liked to dress like he does!
Shiloh donned a suit every time that she showed up on the red carpet with her parents. Even though Angelina and the other girls put on girly outfits, Shiloh looked sophisticated in her masculine outfit.
Her Hair Too
Her clothing was not the only thing that was different. Her blonde hair was also styled to look like her dad’s! Sadly, the media had not been kind to her fashion choices. It did not matter to them that they were talking about a child.
Tabloids started to publish cover stories that questioned the way Brad and Angelina were raising their kids. In March 2010, Life & Style released a cover story that asked this question: “Why Is Angelina Turning Shiloh Into A Boy?”
Media Crosses Boundary
The article even quoted family representatives who claimed that the lack of ‘gender distinction’ could be harmful to little kids. There were also a lot of people who criticized the paper for doing this. Many were concerned that it was inappropriate to put such a young child on the cover.
The National Center for Transgender Equality was furious about it. They fired back after the article was published. The statement read, “Our society needs healthy, well-rounded children whose interests and tastes are as diverse as the children themselves and are not limited by outdated stereotypes of gender.”
Her Mother Speaks
Angelina Jolie decided to take things into her own hands and clarify things when she spoke to Vanity Fair. What did the star say about Shiloh? A lot of people were eager to hear what the mother herself had to say about it.
“[Shiloh] likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers,” Angelina Jolie told Vanity Fair in 2010.
All The Speculation
After people heard this, folks started to wonder if Shiloh was a transgender kid. Even though there were folks who thought that there were tell-tale signs, others insisted that she was just going through a tomboy phase or an experimental period. According to these folks, she was too young to be trans.
After the news about the child’s identity got out, LGBT advocates and other celebs showed their support for Shiloh. On top of this, there was one particular person who stepped up to show support for the kid.
Someone Speaks Out
Chaz Bono is the trans son of Cher. In 2011, he said, “I would love to talk to them at some point, [And] at least let them know we have this resource for them if they ever need it. For a child who had grown up in the spotlight, under the watchful eye of the media, it can be too much to handle.”
Speaking Out Of Context
The rumors about the gender identity of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt started to get out of hand. Amber Rose, the famous model, talked about it as well. Once photos of the 8-year-old child on the red carpet got out, Rose took to Instagram to post one of them and added this caption: “How gorgeous is John Jolie Pitt?! Born into the perfect family for him. #TransKids #LoveurKidsNoMatterWhat#Support.” Folks got mad at Amber Rose for weighing in on an issue that did not concern her at all.
Concern Over Child’s Needs
Angelina Jolie kept making telling statements about how devoted she was to her children and the family. People began to connect the dots between these and Shiloh. In particular, one statement released by Jolie got people thinking.
Born With “Privilege”
The actress explained, “I felt so much more for Madd, Zahara and Pax because they were survivors. Shiloh seemed so privileged from the moment she was born. But I’m conscious that I have to make sure I don’t ignore her needs, just because I think the others are more vulnerable.”
Plight For Attention
What she said made some people think that Shiloh was not really going through a gender identity crisis. People thought that maybe she was just acting out for attention to contend with the adopted children. However, this was placed on the backburner after a huge development in 2016.
Strain for the Family
Shiloh and the other five Jolie-Pitt children must have been stressed out to hear that their folks were going to get a divorce. The entire ordeal was not just very bitter but also very public.
After the reports of divorce came out, there was another sad piece of news that came out. On the family’s private plane, there were reports that Brad and Maddox had a fight. The 15-year-old boy allegedly defended his mother when his parents were having a feud. After the story came out, people stepped forward to clarify that the fight between Brad Pitt and his son did not really happen.
Public Searches For Reason
The family tried their best to keep it all private, but the world continued to talk about the divorce. There were rumors that Brad Pitt had a substance abuse problem on top of being an alcoholic. According to the grapevine, this was what led the actor to behave so inappropriately at times.
A Suspected Affair
That was not all, however. There were also rumors that the actor had an extramarital affair with his Allied costar Marion Cotillard. They both denied the rumors, but the world was still convinced that there was more to the dramatic separation.
Investigation Of Brad
After this, photos of moving trucks at their house came out. More than just that, news outlets and the paparazzi found out that the FBI, together with the LA Department of Child and Family Services, opened a child abuse investigation. People were shocked that Brad Pitt would be in the middle of this since he was very involved with charities. There was speculation that he only got involved with humanitarian causes and charities to keep up a good public image. However, the authorities failed to find any proof of child abuse after the investigation.
It is always hard for children when their parents get a divorce. However, the publicity of the entire affair took a toll on the Pitt-Jolie kids. There were sources that said that it was the hardest on Shiloh. A tipster shared this with Radar Online: “Shiloh’s not the same bubbly kid she was before Brad and Angie split, she doesn’t understand why Brad can’t be there on their family trips to Disneyland.”
Angelina Jolie wanted sole custody of the children, and the kids did not have any choice but to remain by her side. There were people who claimed that this arrangement was hard for Shiloh. They said that the teen had a hard time dealing with the fact that Brad was not a part of their daily lives anymore.
Angelina Jolie gave an emotional interview in 2017. She said, “I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of the children. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.” Even though she made these quotes to talk about how she reached her current point in life, many thought that it was very revealing about what she was going through. It also solidified that she was a protective and loving mom whose top priority would be her children.
Even though they had a public divorce, Brad Pitt is still going to play a huge role in the lives of the kids. We do not doubt that Shiloh will still get the chance to see him on the regular and remain as close as ever. With the support and love of both Brad and Angelina, Shiloh should be able to have a lot of freedom in her life. A lot of people thought that she was starting to morph into a little Brad Pitt, so we remain confident that their bond is here for good.
Supporting Her Kids
Jolie and the kids showed up at the LA premiere of an animated film titled The Breadwinner. The actress produced the film about an Afghan girl. It came out in November 2017. Jolie also got to talk about how things were going for her. She said, “Everything will be around the children. I haven’t worked for over a year now because they needed me home. Everything was just stopped. I’m really sitting and talking with them because everything affects them. Every location, every type of project, I’m going to have to adjust it to however much they can handle.”
Allowing Her Child Freedom
It is not a secret that Angelina Jolie is a loving and dedicated mother to her kids. Still, people appreciated it when Brad Pitt made a guest appearance on Oprah in 2008. That was the time that he made the announcement that Shiloh wanted to go by John instead. People cheered him on for letting his kid have the freedom to make gender-related choices.
Even though a lot of people say that Shiloh looks like Brad Pitt, there was something else that they noticed about the family. Whenever Shiloh and the other kids were photographed, it was easy to see that the children looked alike. Knox himself has grown a lot over the years and could pass for Shiloh’s twin! They both inherited their father’s blue eyes.
Aside from his gender identity, there were people who were impressed by how artistic and curious Shiloh is. Angelina even brought her child to an LA camera shop. Apparently, Shiloh is interested in photography and acquired the help of the actress when it came to choosing a camera.
Are you not yet impressed by her photography hobby? If this is the case, you should know that she is also interested in music. Her mother also gave her a ukulele as a gift! As you can see, Shiloh inherited her artistic side from her parents.
It is hard to believe just how big the children have gotten by 2019. Maddox is the eldest of the bunch at 18. Pax is up next at 16 years old. Zahara, meanwhile is 14, while Shiloh is 13. Vivienne and Knox, the twins, are the youngest at 11 years old. Angelina Jolie is 44 years old.
Early on in 2017, Angelina Jolie bought a mansion worth $24 million from filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille. She did this so that she can live closer to Brad Pitt. The family is now moving forward and working hard to ensure that their unit remains close. They only want to do the best for their children!
Everyone is aware that children will always be children. They are a little clumsy, like adventure, and constantly want to try new things. There was a time when Shiloh and the family had been on a holiday vacation at a ski resort when she got into a snowboarding accident. It was a good thing that the resort had a team of nurses and doctors to attend to her! She broke her collarbone and needed to wear a sling.
We are all aware that Angelina is a person who likes to give back. She is always helping different organizations and charities and even travels to volunteer. Let us not forget that she also took in orphans to give them a good future and a loving home. Apparently, someone else has a heart of gold! Her eldest born child likes to travel abroad and help make this planet a better place.
Not Camera Shy
If you are the child of Hollywood A-listers, you get to go to different premiers and events. There are celebs who like to drag their kids to all sorts of public outings, but some prefer to keep the children away from the limelight. This is especially common when the kids are still young. What about Shiloh? This teen has gone to award shows, premiers, galas, and red carpet events with Brad and Angelina!
Let us talk more about the first and middle names Brad and Angelina gave Shiloh. Did you know that Shiloh is actually a historical name? This means “to whom it belongs” and comes from Jerusalem. On top of that, it is a reference to the prophets of the Holy Bible. Nouvel is her middle name, and she was given it as a tribute to a special person. Brad is a fan of a French architect called Jean Nouvel and named his daughter after the talented designer.
Even though Shiloh is the eldest of the biological children in the family, she is not the oldest overall. She is actually younger than all the adopted Jolie-Pitt kids. At any rate, this does not seem to matter at all since she and the other kids are all very close.
Homeschooling is the norm when it comes to celebs and their kids. This has a lot of advantages when you compare it to regular schools. As the child of famous people, the fans and the press will always try to learn more about your life. For this reason, many celebrity parents prefer to educate their children in a more private and secure way.
In January 2016, Angelina Jolie talked about what it was like to give birth to Shiloh in Africa. Apparently, this inspired her to do more humanitarian activities! According to her, she found out that she needed to get a C-section when she got to the hospital. She was shocked to find out that they did not have an ultrasound machine in the building. Despite this, the hospital was run by qualified people.
Shiloh and the other Jolie-Pitt kids have rathe famous friends. Below, you can see a photo of Shiloh and Zahara with actress Millie Bobby Brown! The siblings are rarely seen without their famous parents, but it looks like they were by themselves when this was taken. We are sure that their bodyguard was nearby, however.
A Movie Credit
Even though she is still young, she has already shown interest in the entertainment industry. Shiloh had a small part in Kung Fu Panda 3, which came out in 2016. Together with her siblings, she helped record the animal noises used in the animated film.
13th Birthday Present
It was said that Shiloh wanted to try out The Basement, which is an escape room game in Hollywood. With the help of live actors, the game simulates a story in which the participants got kidnapped by a serial killer. It is serious enough that children below the age of 13 are not allowed to participate! For Shiloh’s 13th birthday, Angela Jolie took her and the older kids to the place. Shiloh had a lot of fun!
A lot of people have only one place to call home, but this is not the case for the Jolie-Pitts. The kids did not only come from different parts of the planet, but there are also several places they consider home. After all, the family boasts multiple homes across the globe. They have two houses in Louisiana, two more in California, and a New York City apartment. They also own properties in Spain and France!
Brad and Angelina are also devoted to giving the children a well-rounded and high-quality education. This involves learning languages. According to Angelina, the children are studying different ones! She said, “I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and Shi is learning Khmai, which is the Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, Z is speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic, and Knox is learning sign language.”
There is one strict rule enforced by Angelina Jolie, however. Apparently, the kids are not allowed to drink! There are reports that she even avoids bringing alcohol of any kind into the house. The children are not allowed to sleep over at other houses because she fears that they might drink over there.
Angelina is the type of mother who encourages the children to do their own thing. However, she does have several rules for them. The children all carry pretty uncommon names, but they also like to go by nicknames. It turns out that the kids all have special nicknames! Maddox likes to go by “Mad,” whereas Zahara uses “Z,” On the other hand, Vivienne responds to “Vivi.”
Single Daily Call
With the divorce at full swing, we are sure that the kids now have to deal with more complications. When they are staying with Brad, they set a time to call their mother once a day. Basically, the actress only gets to call them once over the course of a day. She and Brad have to agree on the time as well.
You would probably think that the kids would not be allowed to do everything that they could. In the end, it has to do with the Brangelina parenting philosophy. The actress does not really believe in rules. To her, it is important for the children to enjoy freedom of expression.
Angelina does not want to impose a structure on their studies. Doesn’t that sound like a true childhood fantasy? Apparently, she is fine letting the children learn anything they want. We are sure that other children would be jealous of the Jolie-Pitts for this reason. On top of that, they do not take tests!
Raised By A Nanny
Brad and Angelina got a nanny for each child, which means that they employ 6 nannies. Reports say that the actress’ brother got entrusted with the duty of keeping an eye on the nannies. Essentially, he is there to keep them in line. Even though Shiloh has a nanny, she was able to form close bonds with her parents. As a matter of fact, she herself has spent a significant amount of time in the limelight.
Starred Alongside Her Dad In A Movie
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was release din 2008. Brad Pitt played the title character in the film, but Shiloh was also in the movie! She was two years old back then and made an appearance in a couple of scenes. The teen played the kid of Benjamin Button and Daisy. Cool, right?
Maddox Has A Budding Career
Maddox is the oldest child in the Jolie-Pitt family. He was adopted by Angelina Jolie even before she got involved with Brad. Born in Cambodia, he was raised in the United States by his famous parents. He started a movie career of his own and had a small part in World War Z. In 2015, his mother starred and directed By the Sea. He was actually on the set as a production assistant! In 2017, Maddox also got to be the executive producer for First They Killed My Father.