One of the most famous couples loved by tons of fans is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The couple has always been known as the modern-day Hollywood power couple – well, before they got divorced in September 2016. The power couple had a relationship for over a decade and during those years, the media had always followed their family. Jolie and Pitt had a total of six lovely children and three of them were adopted. By 2006, the couple had their first biological daughter who they named Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. Keep on reading to know more about the Jolie-Pitt family – especially about Shiloh. Enjoy!
Before Pitt and Jolie had their first biological child, Angelina Jolie used to be a single mother and already had her first child in March 2002, as she was coping up with the divorce she had with her ex-husband, Billy Bob Thornton – she adopted Maddox Chivan. Later in 2005, she had her second kid adopted named Zahara Marley who was originally born in Ethiopia.
Building The Family
Even if he was adopted by Angelina before having a relationship with Brad, Maddox Chivan is still considered as Jolie and Pitt’s first kid because Brad gladly accepted him and adopted him as well. The next thing the fans knew was the couple’s adoption of their second child, Zahara Marley. The world supported the couple all the way, and later in 2005, they received the biggest news of their lives – Jolie and Pitt were pregnant.
Escaping the Media
As we all know, celebrities experience the hardship of being followed by the media all the time – the same problem was experienced by the couple. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had always wanted their lives off the cameras to be private, but the paparazzi never let that happen. Well, that is really one of the few negative things about being a famous person – each and every action a celebrity would make, he or she is followed by cameras.
Because they wanted the birth of their first biological child private, they traveled to a Southern African country, Namibia. Even though the media and the fans badly wanted to see Jolie and Pitt’s baby, the paparazzi had a hard time to follow the couple. During the 27th of May 2006, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had their first biological daughter born – Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.
After the birth of Shiloh, the couple was totally happy with all the things they had at that time – career, relationship, and a great family. They were already having three amazing children and they decided to still have more. That was how they adopted their 4th child, Pax Thien. He was originally born in Vietnam. In the middle of March 2007, the couple officially embraced Pax Thien into the family.
With four children, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made sure to show equal love and affection to each and every kid. They had no favoritism at all. In this case, the couple had shown their skills in parenting which were actually kind of great. With all the processes and problems they had gone through, they became a stronger family.
Adopting In Ethiopia
Before having Shiloh in their lives, during 2005, Brad Pitt decided to adopt Angelina Jolie’s adopted children, Maddox Chivan and Zahara Marley. In an interview, the couple shared the struggles they faced in the processes of adoption. The policies and procedures of adoption were very strict and being the fact that they were famous celebrities did not exclude them in those stern processes.
From Jolie To Jolie-Pitt
As Brad Pitt made a huge decision to take custody of Maddox and Zahara as their father in 2005, the two adopted children already changed their names into Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt. The fans were very happy to see their idols taking their relationship to the next level.
After hearing the news about Brad Pitt taking custody of Angelina Jolie’s kids, the fans were very supportive and happy for the couple. What made them happier was the news about Jolie being pregnant with Pitt’s baby. The whole world was excited to see the result of combining the good-looking power couple’s great genes. However, the couple wanted to keep Jolie’s pregnancy very private – they even decided to fly to a Southern African country to get rid of paparazzi.
Where It All Began
For your information, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had their first interaction in the taping of their movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Everyone saw the overflowing chemistry Jolie and Pitt had shown in the movie. However, Brad Pitt was still in a relationship at that time – he was married to the famous American actress, Jennifer Aniston.
Not long after the taping of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt filed for divorce. It was obvious that he was already in love with Angelina Jolie at that time and that was how cheating and third party accusations flew around different social media sites. Jolie denied all the rumors and even said that having an affair with a married guy was something she would never do because she knew the feeling of being cheated on as she saw how her own father cheated on her mother.
Much Anticipated Birth
Because of all the cheating and third party rumors, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s relationship had a rough start. Their relationship was one of the most controversial topics in the news at that time. However, there were many fans who supported them all the way. Some people who used to be not in favor of their relationship changed their opinions about Jolie-Pitt as they saw how serious the couple were about their relationship starting from the time when Brad Pitt took custody of Angelina Jolie’s adopted kids and the time they announced that they were pregnant with a baby girl.
Photos For Charity
They went to Namibia and had their daughter born there to escape from all the paparazzi who wanted to see a glimpse of their first biological child. Even though they wanted all of their children’s lives to be private, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt decided to sell pictures of their newly born daughter. Selling pictures of a baby may sound ridiculous, but their purpose was very sincere – to give and donate all the money they would get from selling Siloh’s pictures to a charity.
In Namibia, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt asked for help and extra security from authorities to keep the paparazzi away from them especially from their newly born daughter, Shiloh Nouvel. They implemented a very strict policy in visiting the baby in the hospital – only close family members and friends could visit them provided that they had the handwritten pass the couple gave them before.
Here is one of the failed attempts tried by their stalkers. One day at the hospital, a disturbance happened which caused the authorities to be distracted. It was a strategy performed by a paparazzi in order to get into the room where Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and the baby were staying. The authorities quickly caught the paparazzi and arrested him.
After giving birth, Angelina Jolie decided to stay in Namibia for a while together with her family. That decision made the media and fans very curious as to what the baby looked like. Little did they all know, Siloh’s pictures were spread and sold all around by Getty Images. Because of that, Shiloh’s face made it to different social media sites and magazines. Jolie and Pitt were not bothered, though – they sold their daughter’s pictures and donated all the money they got to a charity.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt remained to keep their lives off the cameras private and thought that all of the attention from the media and fans would eventually go away as time would go by. Little did they know that there was something that would surprise not only them but the whole world.
A Wax Figure
After the spread of Shiloh’s pictures, Jolie and Pitt found out that their baby already had a wax figure created by Madame Tussauds, a famous wax museum in London. The museum’s manager explained that they developed a wax figure resembling Jolie-Pitt’s first biological child because they knew that she already made a big name in the industry. The whole world was surprised because only at a few months old, Siloh was already a star just like her parents.
Not Quite Done
After having Shiloh Nouvel as their third child, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made a huge decision as soon as they went home. They wanted to expand their family and adopt another baby. It seemed like both of them really enjoyed the experience of being a parent.
Not long after giving birth to Shiloh, Angelina Jolie flew to Vietnam together with her boyfriend, Brad Pitt to adopt their fourth child, Pax Thien. He was only taken under the custody of Jolie because Vietnam had a strict policy that only allowed married couples or single parents to adopt a child. They welcomed Pax into the family in the middle of March 2007.
The Jolie-Pitt Family
As soon as they flew back to the United States, Brad Pitt signed to take custody of Pax Thien as his father. Their family grew into a big and happy one. Also, there was one thing very evident in their family and that was diversity because their children did not share the same looks especially Shiloh who got her father’s blue eyes and blonde hair, but it was not a problem for them, they still made sure to love and respect each other no matter what.
Growing And Changing
As Shiloh was growing as time went by, fans were very curious as to who she would look like more in the future. Would she look more like his blonde and blue-eyed father or inherit her mother’s natural and stunning beauty? What do you think?
Mom Or Dad?
In an interview, Angelina Jolie claimed that Brad Pitt’s genes were more superior in Shiloh’s looks – blonde hair and blue eyes. This led fans and paparazzi to compare Shiloh with Jolie’s pictures when she was still younger. Well, things might still change for Shilo especially her physical appearance, but one thing’s for sure – she is beautiful no matter what.
The world went crazy when Angelina Jolie gave birth to Shiloh. The baby’s pictures were all around different social media sites, magazines, newspapers, and other mediums of publication. What made the fans even crazier was the news that the couple announced in 2008 – they were pregnant with twins. Everyone was excited to follow the actress’s pregnancy and see what the babies would look like.
Next Came The Twins
Angelina and Brad were in a very happy relationship. They received another blessing and that was the moment they found out that Jolie was pregnant with twins. On the 12th of July 2008, Angelina gave birth to Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. Just like what they did with Shiloh, they did not let paparazzi have a glimpse of their children and sold their photos instead. All of the money they earned was donated to a charity.
A Young Brad
The media shifted their attention to the twins for some time, but they still got an eye on Shiloh. As she grew into a kid, Brad Pitt’s looks were more evident in her appearance. She inherited her father’s beautiful blue eyes and blonde hair. Fans called her “Young Brad” not only because of the resemblance but also because Shilo started to wear clothes her father usually wears like suits.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt always brought their children in every red carpet they had been to. The media had seen Shiloh always wearing fancy suits. She was never seen wearing elegant gowns and dresses unlike her sisters and her mother. Well, dressing up like that is what she wants. Besides, she looks beautiful, no matter what.
Her Hair Too
She was called “Young Brad” not only because of the masculine suits she always preferred to wear. She also cut her hair short just like the way her father’s hair was cut. Well, you really could not please everyone that was why Shiloh received some negative comments about her style from the media and the fans.
Being famous celebrities in the industry, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt could not avoid being interviewed about their personal lives especially about how they handle their family as parents. One of the most common questions the media had always asked them was about the different styles their daughter, Shiloh preferred.
Media Crosses Boundary
In March 2010, a Life & Style magazine contained an article that was all about Shiloh’s unique choice of style. There were opinions stated in the magazine saying that the absence of gender distinction is really bad for the youth. Fans were not happy about the article and said that the kid should not be attacked like that.
The article became a controversial issue to the point that the National Center for Transgender Equality made a statement. They said that we need versatile, healthy, and well-rounded children who could make this world a better place with their different interests. We should put all the old stereotypes of our minds and respect each other’s choices.
Her Mother Speaks
Different opinions were expressed by the media and the fans on different social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It was the best time for Angelina Jolie to step up and speak for her daughter. Jolie had an interview with the magazine Vanity Fair and shared her own opinion on her daughter’s style preference.
Angelina Jolie revealed that Shiloh had always been fond of things boys usually wanted – she wanted to be a boy. Being a supportive mother, Jolie allowed her daughter to cut her hair short and do everything she wanted that would satisfy her preference.
All The Speculation
Jolie confirmed that her daughter wanted to do things boys usually do. Fans started to see everything Shiloh has been doing as a hint to reveal that she is a transgender kid. On the other hand, some just saw this as a phase in the kid’s life, saying that she would still overcome it as she grows old.
As the news spread all around America, thousands of fans showed their undying support through different social media sites. Other celebrities and LGBT representatives comforted Shiloh from the negative comments she had been receiving and told her that they would always support her no matter what.
Someone Speaks Out
Someone stepped up to show his support for Shiloh. It was Cher’s son, Chaz Bono. He is an American writer, musician, actor, and he is transgender. He wanted to let Shiloh know that whenever she would need someone to comfort her, he would always be available because he knew the feeling of being a transgender kid who had the media and cameras around him even at just a young age.
Speaking Out Of Context
People’s attention never left the controversy behind Shiloh’s identity. Different and opposing opinions were all-around social media sites. Some expressed harsh and negative comments about the kid while fans, on the other hand, supported and protected her all the way. What made the issue even bigger was the Instagram post of Amber Rose that contained the red carpet picture of Shiloh which was captioned “How gorgeous is John Jolie Pitt?! Born into the perfect family for him. #TransKids #LoveurKidsNoMatterWhat#Support.” Fans were not pleased and said that she did not have the right to comment on something very confidential.
Concern Over Child’s Needs
Through interviews and social media posts, Angelina Jolie shared her experience being a mother of six. She said that she always made sure to be a hands-on mom to all of her kids, but she said something that caught people’s attention.
Born With “Privilege”
She said that she felt the urge to focus more on some of her children other than some. She had to give more and be extra special to Maddox Chivan, Zahara Marley, and Pax Thien because they had been through a lot before being adopted. When it came to her biological children, especially to Shiloh, she said that she was already born with privilege that was why she paid more attention to the others, but she never forgot to consider Shiloh’s concerns.
Plight For Attention
This information motivated people to think that everything Shiloh was doing was not a phase affiliated with an identity crisis. People claim that she was just trying to get her mother’s attention. Through the years, nothing was confirmed about Shiloh’s controversial issue until 2016 came and the world received a big announcement.
Strain for the Family
The news that Angelina and Brad Pitt filed for divorce became public. It was a piece of tragic news to the media, the fans, and especially to their children. Everyone was devastated and was very curious about the reason which led to the separation.
A rumor came out in the spotlight and claimed that Brad had an intense fight with their first child, Maddox Chivan. The rumor said that Maddox tried to defend his mother in a verbal fight with Pitt. Various speculations also came out after that and different opinions were expressed by fans.
Public Searches For Reason
Most of the rumors claimed that Brad Pitt became a very hard drinker and addicted to alcohol. Some even said that he suffered from drug abuse. People speculated that these might be the reasons why Pitt and Jolie faced problems and filed for divorce.
A Suspected Affair
Another possible reason could be an affair. Some speculations claimed that Brad Pitt had an affair with a celebrity he worked within his movie Allied, Marion Cotillard. Those cheating rumors were eventually denied which led people to think of other possibilities as to why Jolie-Pitt suddenly filed for divorce.
Investigation Of Brad
Another moment that put the fans at shock was when a paparazzi captured the Federal Bureau of Investigation working with the LA Department of Child and Family Services in the house where the Jolie-Pitt family lived. It turned out that Pitt was being investigated for child abuse. Fans were starting to get disappointed at their favorite celebrity until it was revealed that there was no evidence found and Pitt was confirmed not guilty of child abuse.
The media, fans, and other family members – basically, the whole world was devastated after the separation of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, but the ones suffering the most were their children. It was revealed to the public that Shiloh really had a hard time moving on from her parents’ divorce. She was having trouble with Brad no longer being part of their everyday lives.
Following what was stated in the law, most of the Jolie-Pitt children, being under the legal age of 18, were required to stay with the company of their mother. In terms of the children’s custody, Angelina Jolie filed to take custody of all of their children. Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Knox, and Vivienne were all having a very hard time coping up and adjusting to their new environment where their father was not around anymore.
A year after the divorce, Angelina Jolie went into an interview and shared her experiences with the kids after the separation. She made sure that she was not showing any weaknesses to her children – she even said that she never cried in front of the kids, but she always cried when she was alone. She admitted that everything was very difficult but she had to remain strong for her children.
Even though their parents are now separated, the Jolie-Pitt children kept in touch with their father, especially Shiloh. The number of times when she would see and visit her father would change, but her love and bond with him would never change. Fans even claim that as she grows into a teenager, she is becoming more of a mini Brad Pitt.
Supporting Her Kids
In the month of November 2017, Angelina Jolie managed to produce an animated film titled The Breadwinner. She and her children went to the premiere of the movie. In the interview, she said that in everything that she would do, she would consult first with her children. She also said that her career had been taking a rest for over a year already because her children needed her and she wanted to be with them, especially after the divorce. Jolie has always been a very great mother to her kids and that is a fact.
Allowing Her Child Freedom
In 2008, Brad Pitt made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. What made his appearance extra special was his announcement which told the world to call her daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, “John” because it was the name she liked more and she wanted to be called by that. This gesture shows that despite being divorced, both Angelina and Brad did not involve their children in their personal issues. Both of them are great and supportive parents.
The whole world knows how much Shiloh inherited her father’s looks – starting from the blonde hair and the blue eyes. But if you would look at their latest photos, the Jolie-Pitt siblings already share resemblances as they grow up, especially Shiloh and Knox. You could even say that Knox is Shiloh’s twin and no one would disagree because they look alike.
As she grew up, Shiloh had already discovered some talents and skills that she had and one of them is a skill in photography. Shiloh is a young and artistic kid. Her mother supported her talent in such a field by taking her to a camera shop in LA and helping her buy her own camera to let her explore more in the world of photography.
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt is a very talented kid because not only was she gifted with great photography skills, but also with musical abilities. Yes, she is musically-inclined and her mother wanted her to practice more that was why she bought her daughter a ukulele.
Three years after the divorce, Angelin Jolie and her kids were looking very great. During 2019, the Jolie-Pitt children had all grown a lot. The twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline were already at the age of 11. Shiloh Nouvel was already 13 years old. Zahara Marley was 14 years old at that time. Pax Thien was already 16. Maddox Chivan was already 18 years old and was the big brother of the family.
A year after the divorce, Angelina Jolie and her kids moved into a new house closer to where Brad Pitt was living. Jolie bought a mansion that cost her $24,000,000. They moved into a new house because Pitt still wanted to be close with his children and remain on good terms with his ex-wife, Jolie. The two were very professional about their kids. All they wanted was to be great and supportive parents to their children.
Jolie and the kids were spending the holidays in a ski resort. They were taking a break from work and school, they were living their lives to the fullest and were enjoying skiing until Shiloh was involved in a snowboarding incident. She was immediately given first aid and was eventually checked by medical experts. She was required to wear a sling all the time because of her damaged collarbone.
Angelina Jolie is known not only for being a great actress, but also because of her humanitarian works – donating to charities, helping different organizations which benefit the world, plus the fact that she adopted unfortunate children. Her eldest son, Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, seems to inherit this act which her mother usually does. He loves roaming around the world to give the needy a helping hand – helping charities, orphanages, and other organizations.
Not Camera Shy
There are two types of celebrity parents – the ones who do not like exposing their children to the media and the ones who are comfortable in showing their children to the industry. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are the latter. They had walked in several red carpets and attended interviews with their children. In fact, that made Shiloh not shy to face cameras – at a very young age, she had already attended tons of award shows, interviews, and other events.
Did you know that Shiloh’s first and middle had a special meaning and inspiration as to why it happened to be her name? First, Shiloh originally means “to whom it belongs”. In the Holy Bible, it is used to refer to prophets. On the other hand, her second name, Nouvel was taken from Brad Pitt’s favorite architect whom he idolized so much, Jean Nouvel.
In terms of the biological children of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel is the eldest, having the twins younger than her. However, if you would come to think of it, she is actually younger than all of her adopted siblings. Well, being adopted or not, it does not matter to them because the Jolie-Pitt children unconditionally love one another so much.
Just like other celebrity children, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s children are homeschooling. They prefer this form of education because they are not that safe from stalkers and paparazzi if they go to a regular school.
In an interview that happened in early 2016, Angelina Jolie shared that in visiting the Southern African country, Namibia, and giving birth there was something that motivated her to keep on helping the needy. When she was already about to give birth to Shiloh, the doctors faced some inconvenience because of a lack of facilities. That experience made her more eager to help more charities and organizations.
Children of celebrities having younger celebrities as friends are totally normal. In fact, the Jolie-Pitt children have pretty awesome and famous friends. In fact, Zahara Marley has a strong relationship with the Stranger Things actress, Millie Bobby Brown. Isn’t it wonderful to see famous kids being friends with each other? This simply shows that not everything in the industry is scripted, actors and actresses can treat each other as friends and family of the cameras.
A Movie Credit
Have you watched Kung Fu Panda 3? Did you know that Shiloh had a part in the movie and was mentioned in the credits? Yes, she recorded some animal sounds which were used in the movie with her siblings – it may sound ridiculous but as a kid, it was a big accomplishment for them. Among the Jolie-Pitt siblings, Shiloh is the one who is most likely to follow their parents’ steps into the industry.
13th Birthday Present
Shiloh Nouvel was a fan of films, games, and other things with suspense in it. She had always dreamed of playing in The Basement which provided people a live escape room experience. The only problem which stopped her from entering there was that she was very young to be allowed to play that was why when she turned 13 years old during 2016, Angelina Jolie gladly made her daughter’s wish come true by bringing Shiloh and her siblings to The Basement.
Houses are one of the best things people should invest in – maybe that was the reason why Angelina Jolie bought lots of houses and properties. Did you know that the Jolie-Pitt family has several houses all around the world? They have an apartment in New York City. They bought two houses located in California and another two in Louisiana. Jolie also managed to buy a property located in Spain and another lot in France.
In an interview, Angelina Jolie shared that her children were learning different languages aside from their mother tongue. She supported them in mastering other languages because she believed that it’s important to be versatile and well-rounded in today’s world. Knox was studying sign language. Vivienne was fond of learning Arabic. Zahara was already speaking French. Maddox attended some sessions to learn Russian and German. Pax was studying Vietnamese. Lastly, Shiloh had been studying the language used in Cambodia.
Angelina Jolie is a very supportive mom. If you think that she would spoil her children in everything, you are wrong. She would support and buy them anything they need and want except for alcohol. Jolie does not want her children to have drinking problems, that is why. She even disciplines herself and makes sure not to bring any type of alcohol home – except for the ones used as disinfectants, of course!
At their lovely home, Angelina created different cute nicknames for her children. Well, they all have unique and quite complicated names, maybe that was why Angelina made some nicknames. She calls Vivienne as “V”, Zahara as “Z”, “Mad” for Maddox, and “Shi” for Shiloh. What do you think of the nicknames? Aren’t they cute?
Single Daily Call
After having the divorce, there were a few agreements that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt agreed on involving the kids. One is the single daily call rule. For example, the children are with Angelina, Brad only has one opportunity to call each day and the same way would happen if the children would spend a day with Brad.
Aside from the no drinking rule, there are quite no other rules that Angelina and Brad are forbidding their children to do. Both of them, especially Jolie, have always wanted to give their kids the freedom to explore things on their own as long as they are not doing anything foolish.
Another thing that makes Angelina a very cool mom is the fact that she does not impose things that her children should learn. She allows each and every one of her kids to study anything they want. She wants her kids to learn at their own pace and with no pressure.
Raised By A Nanny
With the number of children, they had, hiring a nanny would be a big help in raising six children. Before filing for divorce, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie hired a nanny for each baby. But this did not stop them from being great parents – they always made sure to spend time with their kids. That was how all of the Jolie-Pitt children, especially Shiloh, managed to establish a strong bond with their parents despite being raised by their nannies.
Starred Alongside Her Dad In A Movie
Have you watched Brad Pitt’s film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? He played the character of the main cast, Benjamin Button. In the film, he was married to his wife, Daisy and they had a child. Did you know that it was Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt who played as the two-year-old child in the film? Brad Pitt was really fond of featuring his kids in his films – look on the next one to see another Jolie-Pitt child who made an appearance in one of his movies.
Maddox Has A Budding Career
It was Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt! World War Z was one of Brad Pitt’s blockbuster films and for your information, Maddox made an appearance in his father’s movie. Aside from Shiloh, fans are eyeing for Maddox to join the industry because not only was he featured in some of his father’s films, but he also helped his mom in directing and producing some movies – he was the production assistant in the movie her mother’s movie By the Sea and the executive producer in the film First They Killed My Father.