It was hard to say what’s most famous about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – their charity work or their vast family? Possibly charity work. Well, others would argue that somehow adoption qualified as a charity. They worked tirelessly to raise their children throughout their marriage. The audience soon became fixated on Shiloh though.
She agreed to adopt her first child, Maddox, who was a six-month-old, and after that, in 2005 after breaking-up with then, husband, Billy Bob Thornton. Angelina also adopted an orphaned Ethiopian boy, that she named Zahara. Nevertheless, nothing could equal the exciting news that Brangelina was expecting.
Building The Family
Jolie adopted Maddox from Cambodia back in 2002, when he was just six months old. Since breaking up with Billy Bob Thornton, she started raising him as a single mum. Then the world was unable to get enough when Brad and Angelina adopted Zahara from Ethiopia. They were, however, still anxiously awaiting the couple’s first Jolie-Pitt.
Escaping the Media
Of course, once they got together, the media would not leave Brad and Angelina alone. While attempts were made to lead a private life, there were still paparazzi watching. Just about everyone who could get their hands on a camera was watching every move they took.
It became so insane that the couple decided to go to Namibia to have their childbirth. Everyone wanted a glimpse of this baby badly, but traveling to southern Africa made it hard for people to follow them there.
Although some might have assumed that five was the final count for the family, the couple decided to extend to six. They have adopted a fourth child, Pax after Shiloh was born in 2006. Pax, from Vietnam, was a three-year-old orphan.
Angelina made sure to show the same love and devotion to all her children, despite being an international and diverse family. In reality, the difficulties that followed the adoptions made Brad and Angelina want to have more kids.
Adopting In Ethiopia
Even though they were megastars, the couple still faced trouble during the adoption. It wasn’t that comfortable back in 2005 when they wanted to adopt Zahara, the six-month-old orphan in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Brad also revealed that he would soon be taking Zahara’s custody, intending to adopt the children of Jolie, Maddox and Zahara.
From Jolie To Jolie-Pitt
It was, at this stage, that Jolie changed the last names of the two children from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt. When everyone clicked on Jolie-Pitt’s affectionate name, it reminded everyone of the moment the couple became Brangelina.
Back to Jolie’s initial pregnancy, the media were still nuts about Brad’s news of adopting her kids, but then hearing of the pregnancy made them go crazy. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tried to keep their relationship very private. Clearly, as two of the most celebrated in their industry, they were continuously bombarded. The kids did not choose a life in the limelight, however.
Where It All Began
If you take it back to the top, things get somewhat uncomfortable for Brad and Angelina. The couple initially met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time.
Brad Pitt divorced his wife after he fell in love with Angelina. The media went crazy. Despite reports of an affair, Jolie vehemently denied them, claiming, “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive.”
Much Anticipated Birth
Anyway, after this very rocky start, things changed gears when the world learned Angelina was expecting soon. Now, it seemed that the connection had strengthened. They headed for a more private birth in Namibia, and they welcomed a baby girl on May 27, 2006.
Photos For Charity
The photos of their newborn babies would, of course, fly off the shelves. The couple ended up selling some pictures of the infant, all proceeds going to charity. Now, wasn’t that a great way to welcome the baby?
In reality, the media made several unsuccessful attempts to capture images of the baby on their own. Luckily, the couple held the paparazzi away with the help of the local authorities. It had not even allowed reporters to access the hospital region. Only those with the couple’s written permission could get access.
There was quite a commotion at one point, but nobody knew what was happening outside the security screens. Then a suspicious photographer was revealed trying to sneak his way into the hospital. They captured him and arrested him.
Brad and Angelina stayed with baby Shiloh in the country of Namibia for a bit, all the while media outlets in America continued to anxiously await. This had them all speculating if the couple had signed a specific deal for the first photos of the baby or not. At last, as we mentioned, the couple indeed sold the baby’s photos through Getty Images. Therefore, the pictures made it to Hello! and People magazines for an unbelievable sum. Don’t worry, as we said, all the money was given to charity.
Unconsciously, the world assumed that the enthusiasm for their new born would inevitably die fast. But the people could not, however, be more incorrect. In the works, something was surprising that it was not even revealed to themselves.
A Wax Figure
Madame Tussauds even made the baby a wax figure! Director Janine DiGioacchino said in support of this decision, “Even though she’s just a few months old, Shiloh is already an iconic figure in the world of popular culture.” It seemed a bit odd to some to suggest that a newborn was an icon. This boy, then, for other reasons, continued to be the public’s obsession.
Not Quite Done
Much to the horror of everyone, once they returned home from their trip to Namibia, the couple made another major decision. Something did not feel quite right. That is, they wanted to adopt another child.
It was less than a year after Shiloh’s birth and Pax, a three-year-old orphan from Vietnam, was adopted by Angelina. If you’re curious, Vietnam had a rule that did not allow couples that were not married to adopt. Angelina needed to adopt as a married person.
The Jolie-Pitt Family
When they returned to America, Pitt was able to adopt Pax legally. Brad Pitt thus became a father to another son in 2008. Now the Jolie-Pitt family as a family of six had become an iconic picture of a diverse, caring unit. Jolie reflected on her blended family’s appearances in a telling tweet, “Shiloh looks like Brad,” she added jokingly, “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
The paparazzi couldn’t get enough of the parents of young Shiloh out and about as predicted. As a toddler, many believed that she would inherit her parents’ good-looking genes. Fans, however, decided to guess which parent would look more like Shiloh.
Mom Or Dad?
Though Angelina believed Shiloh looked like Brad, fans started comparing Shiloh to a younger Angelina Jolie with more pictures. Despite this, in the years to come, the child would still be transformed in many respects.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was the subject of everyone’s attention before Brad and Angelina had more big news in May 2008. A glowing Angelina Jolie told the world during the Cannes Film Festival that she was expecting twins. Now the planet was preparing itself for more Shiloh-like infants.
Next Came The Twins
The twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline were born on July 12, 2008. Brad and Angelina made a bargain with the media this time and ended up selling the pictures for 14 million dollars! The proceeds once again went to their charity, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
A Young Brad
The spotlight stayed on young Shiloh as the twins were shielded from the media. This young girl radiated blue eyes and blonde hair, resembling her father, Brad Pitt. They all commented on how much the kid looked like the younger Brad Pitt. People started to see Shiloh as the girl of a father, but mainly because Shiloh chose to dress as her father.
Every time young Shiloh appeared for her parents’ films on the red carpet, she wore a suit. Although Angelina and her sisters wore girly skirts, Shiloh always dressed in a masculine looking outfit to be more fashionable.
Her Hair Too
Shiloh’s blonde hair was styled into a style modeled after Brad’s look. It wasn’t just her clothing that was different. Sadly, even though she was just a girl, the media were not kind in their commentary on Shiloh’s choice of masculine style.
Sure enough, tabloids started running cover stories that challenged Brad and Angelina’s parenting styles. In March 2010, Life & Style magazine published a cover that dared to ask, “Why Is Angelina Turning Shiloh Into A Boy?”
Media Crosses Boundary
Then the article also had family members suggesting that a lack of ‘gender differentiation’ could affect young children. Of course, by questioning how fair it was to cover a young child in this way, many replied and begged Shiloh to be left out of the tabloids.
In particular, this article was rejected by the organization, The National Center for Transgender Equality. They issued a declaration stating, “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
Then, Angelina Jolie, the mother herself, gave Vanity Fair an in-depth interview where she discussed her daughter’s choices and that she’s not there to stop whatever she wanted to do with her life. It was what everyone was expecting – a declaration from her birth mother, and not anyone else.
Jolie told Vanity Fair in 2010, “[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.”
All The Speculation
People started to wonder after hearing this whether Shiloh was showing signs of a transgender child. Although some agreed these were tell-tale signs, others said that since she was at a young age, the child might be going through an experimental period or a tomboy phase.
After the news of Shiloh’s identity spread quickly, activists from LGBT and fellow celebrities started expressing support for Shiloh in whatever choice she made. Someone who explicitly came out to demonstrate that support was there.
Someone Speaks Out
Chaz Bono, Cher’s transgender son spoke out in 2011. Chaz 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
Thus, the gossip mill spiraled out of control over Shiloh’s gender identity. It was none other than the Amber Rose model who chose to weigh in. When photos of an 8-year-old Shiloh emerged on the red carpet, Rose shared a photo of Shiloh on her Instagram with the caption, “How gorgeous is John Jolie Pitt?! Born into the perfect family for him. #TransKids #LoveurKidsNoMatterWhat#Support.”
Concern Over Child’s Needs
As Angelina Jolie started making revealing remarks about her commitment to her children and the dynamics of the family, people began to make comparisons between them and the actions of Shiloh. Angelina Jolie made a comment that had people wondering.
Born With “Privilege”
Angelina shared, “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.” She explained what she had been through with her children.
Plight For Attention
Shiloh did not have any problem with the gender identity, but she needed love and attention along with her siblings from her parents. Everyone was surprised and had their own opinion when the most significant news had been announced in the year 2016.
Strain for the Family
The children of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were pressured about the divorced that their parents decided. The issue about the separation was public, and we knew it was hard for the little ones. However, it was not only the case.
After the reports about their divorce, some news that we didn’t know had been exposed. The information about Brad Pitt had gotten a fight between their son Maddox and also their child to stop the parents from quarrelling with each other. The source got the reports on the private family plane. However, others believed that Brad Pitt did not have any dispute with each other.
Public Searches For Reason
The family tried to make their problem a private matter, yet it could not stop the people who could not stop spreading the news about their divorce. Rumors only spread out, and some said that Brad Pitt did experience a substance abuse problem and also an alcoholic type of person. Other people believe it was the reason why the actor was acting in such behavior.
A Suspected Affair
Some rumors said that Brad Pitt was having an extramarital affair with Marion Cotillard, a castmate in Allied. However, the story was denied and could not find any shreds of evidence. The people thought that there were more reasons why the two celebrities decided to separate.
Investigation Of Brad
Images of a moving truck was seen at the Pitt-Jolie residence. According to the paparazzi and news outlet, Brad Pitt was investigated because of child abuse by the FBI, LA Department of Child, and Family Services. People could not believe that the actor was active, helping in charity was doing a terrible behavior to his family. People thought that the Hollywood star was only doing charity and humanitarian works to hide his real personality. However, after the examination, the authorities did not get any evidence of child abuse.
We knew how difficult it was when the children knew that their parents would be going to divorce. However, announcing the separation between the two parents made it worse. People said that Shiloh was having a hard time to accept the decision of her parents. Another person shared on Radar Online that, “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.
The minors had no choice but to stay with their mother because Angelina Jolie had filed sole custody. People knew that the situation was difficult for Shiloh. Some said the child was having trouble being apart from her father.
In the year 2017, Angelina Jolie had an emotional interview. The actress 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.” People realize the hardship of Angelina in her life. People also understood that the Hollywood actress was a protective mother that would always priority her children.
The public knew about the separation between the two. Brad Pitt was still taking care of his children. We would have no question that Shiloh could see his father frequently and still had the same relationship as they were before. The support of the two Hollywood celebrities, Shiloh was happy with her freedom to decide what she wanted in the future. People say Shiloh was becoming a mini Brad Pitt. The trust between the father and daughter were stronger and could not be shaken.
Supporting Her Kids
Jolie, together with her children, appeared in the LA premiere of The Breadwinner. The actress produced the animated movie and was released in November 2017. Jolie shared that, “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 sitting and talking because everything affects them. Every location, every type of project, I’m going to have to adjust it to however much they can handle.”