By Lila Odin – 2021-07-01 Article was originally published on our site tettybetty.com
The world has always been intrigued by celebrity couples. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are among the only few duos that caught the most attention from people. Apart from both being super-rich, popular, and very attractive, their controversial relationship played a huge role in bringing them in the spotlight of the media. They always had the spotlight due to many factors, including their chemistry in movies to all the rumors that played out in their divorce.
However, it didn’t take long for someone else to take their spotlight, and interestingly, it was none other than their own daughter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, born on May 27, 2006. Soon after being born, she started bringing in controversies and gossip to the table on her own.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have more than one child, but Shiloh was their first biological child. The fact that these two were in the headlines long before they had any kids made it obvious that their children will receive a lot of attention, and that’s exactly what happened.
Shiloh has been getting a ton of attention since her birth. However, the actual controversies and gossip began when she started appearing on red carpets wearing tuxedos and ties instead of dresses like most girls, bringing a lot of attention and strong reactions from the fans.
Brangelina wasn’t always a thing
The pair of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, also known as Brangelina, will forever be known as one of the biggest Hollywood couples of all time. Although they are not together anymore, fans still talk about this couple to this day.
It’s hard to believe with all the controversies and gossip around these two, but there was a time when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt never met in real life, even didn’t know about each other. It’s the time when they were both in separate relationships with other partners.
The Hollywood stud
Brad Pitt has always been a Hollywood stud. He’s even been called a Hollywood lothario by some. Before he was even known as a married man, Brad Pitt was known for several affairs with numerous other celebrities.
He dated many women in the 80s and 90s — including Juliette Lewis, Jill Schoelen, and Robin Givens — and he even got engaged with Gwyneth Paltrow. In the year 2000, he finally decided to settle down with actress Jennifer Anniston from the legendary show, Friends. However, their marriage didn’t last as long, as they got divorced two years later.
What really happened?
No one knows for sure as to why Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston got divorced. There are a number of speculations as to why they finally split. One of the most popular of them is that Angelina Jolie was indeed the reason for the break-up.
It all started when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie started working on their action-movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and rumors started going around that the two stars have fallen in love with each other. As per the rumors, Brad Pitt didn’t want to make things complicated. Hence, they got divorced.
The other side’s story
After the divorce of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, people were quick to blame Angelina Jolie for this. However, according to Angelina Jolie, she had no intention of ruining the marriage of another couple because her own father has cheated on her mother, and she knows how it feels.
Angelina has always been open about maintaining professionalism while working with Brad Pitt. According to her, their relationship was merely emotional rather than physical. Some people believe these claims, while others still blame Angelina for Brad Pitt’s divorce from Jennifer Anniston.
Angelina Jolie’s relationships
Brad Pitt was not the only one with a history of failed relationships. Angelina Jolie has also been married twice before finally marrying Brad Pitt. Her first marriage, in 1996, was with Jonny Lee Miller. However, in the year 2000, they got divorced.
Then, only a few months later of her divorce from Jonny Lee Miller, she married Billy Bob Thornton, an actor, and musician. After a couple of years of getting married to Billy Bob Thornton, the pair traveled all the way to Cambodia to adopt a child.
Angelina Jolie was a single mother
Contrary to what they first planned, to adopt a child as a married couple, Angelina Jolie later revealed that she adopted her child as a single mother. In 2003, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton finally got divorced.
After the divorce, Angelina Jolie raised Maddox Chivan Jolie, a seven-month-old child away from the orphanages of Battambang, as a single mother until she got married to Brad Pitt. After the marriage, Brad Pitt adopted her child and became his legal father. After which, Maddox Chivan Jolie became Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt.
Travel to Ethiopia
During the first stage of their marriage, Angelina Jolie went for a trip to Ethiopia with the purpose of adopting another child from calamitous circumstances, along with Brad Pitt, who was there to support her. In an orphanage of a city called Addis Ababa, Angelina Jolie adopted her second child, six-month Zahara Marley.
Zahara Marley faced many unfortunate events in her six-months of life, but she was lucky enough to be completely healthy and fit. Brad Pitt, once again, legally adopted and became the father of the child.
The good news
The relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was already getting a lot of attention. Everyone was talking about this high-profile marriage back then. Fans and the media couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Amid all this excitement, the couple announced a piece of huge news right after some time, their trip to Ethiopia.
All fans and media went crazy when they declared that Angelina Jolie is pregnant with their first biological child. Still, Brad and Angelina wanted to stay out of the spotlight as much as they could.
Going far away
The couple’s life got much more difficult after they announced their pregnancy. During this period, they were constantly being followed by journalists and paparazzi. The fans and media at this point were hungry for any development or news regarding Brangelina.
All this attention and spotlight started bothering them. Very soon, they realized that they have to move out somewhere else. Hence, they decided to go to Namibia around the end of their pregnancy, as they knew it’s not possible to give birth in a climate where every move they make is being followed.
It was not enough
Even after traveling to a completely different location for the sole purpose of giving birth in a peaceful environment, a few media outlets were still able to track them down to make their lives difficult.
Due to this reason, the couple had to speak to the Namibian government to ask for extra security and to manage a peaceful and remote location where they could safely give birth to their child. The Namibian government did help, as they shut down an entire hospital wing for Angelina Jolie while security forces protected them.
The beginning of the story of Shiloh
Finally, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie gave birth to their first biological child, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, on May 27th, 2006. Because she was born in the territory of Namibia, Shiloh had to be registered under the Namibian government and received a Namibian passport as well.
Soon after her birth, magazines and publications started offering millions of dollars to get photographs of Shiloh before others, which they finally did when the couple sold the first photographs of Shiloh to People Magazine of the United States, and Hello! Magazine of the United Kingdom.
A couple of big checks
People Magazines and Hello! Magazines were the first ones to publish the photographs of Shiloh, but they had to pay a huge price for that, as People Magazines paid the couple a whopping 4.1 million dollars, while Hello! Magazines paid relatively less (around 3.5 million dollars).
After receiving the money, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie quickly donated the amounts to multiple charities in Africa that supported the well-being and education of poor children in Africa, without keeping anything to themselves. However, this did not affect Shiloh’s spotlight at all.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt made history when she became the first-ever infant to have a wax figure in Madame Tussauds. The wax figure of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was first unveiled in the New York Attractions, when she was only two years old.
It was a treat for the entire world to be able to see the wax figure of the first biological daughter of Brangelina. The wax figure attracted a lot of people, as hundreds and thousands of people came down there to see the wax figure of Shiloh for themselves.
The newest addition
Doing movies in different locations, parenting three children, all while dealing with the paparazzi, may seem like a lot for some people, but not for Brangelina. Even after having Maddox, their first adopted child, Zahara, their second adopted child, and Shiloh, their first biological child, the couple were still not done.
In 2017, Brad and Angelina traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This was when they met their Pax Thien, a three-year-old child, and the latest addition to their family. As always, Angelina adopted Pax Thien herself, joined by Brad, who later legally became the father.
A distinct family
Fans and media speculated time and time again on how much challenging it must be to handle such a large family and how much effort it must have taken them to adopt children from different countries. However, the couple never admitted to them.
The couple claimed to never have any problem, plus they made a vow to provide the same unconditional love to all the children, no matter where they are from, their skin color, past, or whether they adopted or not. According to them, they enjoy having such a distinctive and diverse family.
After a while, especially after welcoming their fourth child, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got really used to all the attention, gossip, and controversies. They were no longer phased or offended by critiques. Instead, they would laugh off most of the comments made by others because they were happy within themselves.
In an interview, Angelina pointed out how Shiloh looks more like her father because of the blonde hair and blue eyes. She also noted how they found it humorous that their biological daughter, Shiloh, was the only one who looked familiar to her parents.
Apart from Bran and Angelina themselves, the entire world was curious about their daughter’s look. All the news and media outlets were eager to click pictures of their child to comment on her looks.
Whenever a new photograph of Shiloh would go out on the internet or on the TV, fans around the world would try and analyze every single detail about her appearance to decode whether she looked more like Angelina or Brad. People praised Shiloh and called her genetically gifted as well because she had the genes of Brad and Angelina.
Six children in the Jolie-Pitt family
It seems like even after having a loving family and four children, it just wasn’t enough for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as soon after a few months they adopted Pax Thien, the couple announced that Angelina Jolie is pregnant again.
This time though, they were not just expecting one child because they were going to give birth to twins. On July 12, 2008, the couple introduced their twin to this world, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Léon. Finally, the Jolie-Pitt family became a family of six.
The hype is back
When Brangelina finally gave birth to their twins, fans, and media across the world could not wait to get a glimpse of them. Once again, everyone was ready to analyze who the twins look like and whatnot. However, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were in no such rush.
Instead, they took some private time to spend with family and their twin newborns before they finally sold their first official photographs, and just like last time, the couple once again donated the entire amount to charity, only this time it was fourteen million dollars.
The gossip around Shiloh
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie tried everything in their power to keep their children out of the spotlight. However, it seems that the more they tried to keep their children out of it, the more curiosity they created in the minds of fans and media.
Out of all six children, the media was most curious about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. Just like her parents, paparazzi would take every opportunity to update the world about her movement with photographs. The fans could not help from noticing all the similarities, as well, comparing her with Brad Pitt.
Friends to play with
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have never been able to keep their children from the spotlight, and they also could not stop their children from befriending the kids of other Hollywood stars.
During their childhood period, Brangelina’s children used to play with some of the most famous kids in the industry, including Suri Cruise and Connor Cruise. All of these kids even used to have playdates near their houses. It was refreshing and cheering for them to know that they were not alone growing up with such a life.
Suit and tie
Most of the time, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attended Red Carpet events and functions by themselves, but every now and then, they would also take their children along with them. This was when several media outlets started questioning the dressing choices of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt.
While the other girls in the family would wear beautiful dresses, Shiloh opted for a different look. Just like her father, Brad Pitt, Shiloh would also wear suits, pants, and boots. Even her hairstyle would look similar to her father’s. This sparked curiosity among fans and the media.
Was it right parenting?
As more pictures of Shiloh dressing in a “boyish” manner started getting out there, and people started noticing, some news outlets and publications spun the story. They made it about the parenting style of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to attract more readers and viewers.
In 2010, some newspapers used the story to paint a narrative that says Angelina Jolie is letting her daughter turn into a boy, and that she is making her more androgynous each day. Many people believed this and started criticizing Angelina Jolie for her parenting manner.
In the beginning, most of the sensible people and fans out there ignored these stories about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Brangelina. However, as this gossip started getting more attention, some people decided to break their silence and express their opinion on this matter.
One of them was a non-profit social organization, who supported Brangelina, saying that there is nothing wrong in allowing a child to make their own choices that shape their identity and break the stereotypical notions surrounding different genders. After a while, Angelina Jolie decided to break the silence and speak up.
Shiloh’s own choice
In 2010, Angelina Jolie was in an interview with Vanity Fair when she felt the urge to speak up for her child and address some assumptions about her daughter and herself. In the interview, Angelina Jolie cleared the confusion, saying that Shiloh makes her own choices.
Keeping shorter hair and wearing men’s clothing are all decisions made by herself. She goes on to mention how she likes to be around her brother more than her sisters, which led some people to believe that she does not want to identify as a girl.
Support from other celebrities
After this interview, new gossip and new controversies started flying around. Some people believed that Shiloh was not mature enough to make such decisions about her life yet.
However, after the interview, other celebrities — especially celebrities among the LGBTQ community — quickly came to support the family of Brangelina and told them how there will always be people around Shiloh to provide the right guidance and support. One of them was the son of singer Cher, Chaz Bono, who offered to have a conversation with Shiloh to share his own experiences.
A new name
In December 2004, a new rumor came into the presence of the daughter of Brangelina, Shilo Jolie-Pitt. The media quickly came to know about this rumor and made it international news without confirming anything. According to the rumor, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt wanted to identify herself as a man and wanted to be called John.
Neither Brad Pitt nor Angelina Jolie addressed this rumor, but it did not stop anyone from talking about it. However, apart from all the media and fans, one celebrity in particular decided to speak on this matter.
Outrage on Amber Rose
After the rumor got out, and everyone was talking about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, one actress decided to publicly show her support to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. This actress, Amber Rose, decided to post a picture of Shiloh on her Instagram page.
However, it was not just a picture of Shiloh that she posted. In the captions, she called him by the name John Jolie-Pitt and used several hashtags in support of her decision. This sparked a lot of outrage among fans around the world for making assumptions without any confirmation.
After a while, fans started speculating different reasons behind Shiloh’s decision. Some people thought that this is just another publicity stunt, while others speculated that it’s an attempt by her to stand out from the rest of the family. Apart from Shiloh’s biological siblings, everyone in the family had their own struggles and stories to tell.
Unlike her other siblings, Shiloh had always received extra attention and spotlight, and that led people to believe to be a reason why Shiloh wanted to distinguish herself and her story from the rest of the family.
Family falling apart
Fans and media were still discussing and gossiping whether Shiloh actually wanted to identify as a man, or she just wanted to stand out from the rest of her family. Some even speculated that this is an attempt to get the attention of her busy parents.
Amid all of this, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced their separation after years of being together. It only got them more unwanted attention and made their life more difficult, especially Shiloh, who was in the center of all the controversies and her family falling apart.
Struggles in everyday life
It seems that Shiloh not only had to endure the struggle of the media, but everyday life was also affected by her choices and decisions. While Brad and Angelina never told Shiloh what to wear and who not to, the rest of the world was not that kind.
According to several reports, Brad and Angelina managed to get professional help to ensure that Shiloh does not face any discrimination or ill behavior from the rest of the world. They even taught their children how to treat Shiloh equally and respectfully.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s parting ways was already very shocking and sad news. Everyone was looking for answers on what caused such a strong bond to break. Some reports suggested that their marriage was already on bad terms for several months.
But in the middle of everything, an even more depressing rumor of a fight between Brad and his son came to light. According to the rumor, their 15-year-old teenage boy, Maddox, got into a fight with Brad. Maddox was allegedly protecting his mother from one of his father’s violent outbursts.
After hearing this rumor, fans around the world were shocked and outraged by Brad Pitt. It was hard for people to believe that the person they loved for years can do something like it. However, the rumors did not stop there.
Not too long after his separation from Angelina Jolie, some photographs of Brad Pitt spotted drinking and taking illegal substances were published by the media all across newspapers and magazines. Fans were also blaming Brad Pitt, over unconfirmed rumors, for not being faithful to Angelina Jolie. In short, fans were unhappy with Brad.
Investigation on Brad Pitt
As more rumors started flying around, fans and media around the world got more and more interested in Brad’s every action. However, these rumors affected Brad the most when the LA Department of Child and Services, along with the FBI, started an investigation on Brad and what really went down with his family.
These departments of laws were concerned about any violence on Brad’s children. Hence, they opened an investigation on this matter. Fortunately, all charges against Brad Pitt were dropped after the total investigation came to a close.
Apart from the investigation on Brad regarding violence, Angelina Jolie also accused him of not helping and paying for child support. During the numerous court battles they had, Angelina Jolie mentioned how Brad Pitt was not participating in child support and was severely behind in paying bills.
She also pointed out that he would miss multiple payments and did not help with the children at all. Unfortunately, they were unable to reach a mutual agreement, which caused her to spill all their problems in front of the media. It really affected Brad’s reputation.
Not the same Shiloh anymore
Despite having very famous parents and an unimaginable amount of money, the children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were affected as much as any other kid from any other family would be.
First, the separation and then the multiple criminal charges against their father left them feeling confused and sad. According to reports collected from sources close to the family, Shiloh was the most affected child by all of this drama surrounding their family. Shiloh was no longer the joyful and happy kid that she once used to be.
Who gets custody?
As the divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt progressed, the pair had to make some difficult decisions regarding the responsibility of their lives and assets. One of the most difficult of them was who will get custody of the children.
Keeping in mind about the charges against Brad Pitt and his violent history, Angelina Jolie decided to file custody for all six of her children and won. After Angelina Jolie took the responsibility of the children once again, it left Shiloh confused and sad, who was particularly much closer to her father.
Not easy for Angelina as well
In an interview in 2017, Angelina opened up about her life after divorce and the struggles she faced herself. She said that the breakup obviously had a toll on her as well, but most of the time, she doesn’t let it show.
According to Angelina, crying out and letting emotions out when the kids are not around is the best way to deal with it. She added that one should keep their emotions in, especially when in front of their kids, to not let them know that you are struggling.
He is still there for them
Although Angelina Jolie has got custody of her children after the divorce, Brad Pitt must still be around his kids. After all, he is a crucial member of the family, especially in the eyes of his children.
That is why Brad Pitt continues to be their father and is allowed to spend time with his kids whenever possible. It must be a relief, especially for Shiloh, as she has always been more attached to her father. Furthermore, Brad also showed support to her every decision throughout life — without any judgment.
Shiloh’s side of the story
Ever since the divorce, Shiloh has been in a very difficult situation. On one hand, she loves her mother and everything she does for her.
But on the other hand, she is more close to her father, which makes it hard for her to see all the negative opinions about her father. Shiloh is aware of the fact that Brad is not perfect, but she is also aware of the flaws of her mother. This is why she is writing a diary to share her side of the story.
Life of a 12-year-old
Despite the struggles of being a daughter of two of the most iconic Hollywood stars, Shiloh is still trying to live an ordinary life of a 14-year-old.
It seems that all the media attention, family struggle, and her gender identity struggle has not affected her as a person. With all the money and fame she has at her disposal, she is always looking for opportunities to give back with the hope of making a difference in other’s lives, a feature that she seems to have got from her mother, Angelina.
Trip to Namibia
Shiloh always had some kind of curiosity towards her birthplace, the country of Namibia, which is one reason why she never wanted to miss any chance to visit the country. Fortunately, Angelina Jolie never had any objection for Shiloh, plus she always encouraged Shiloh to give back to people as much as people.
That is why in 2017, Shiloh joined her mother on a trip to Namibia. There, they launched a new center at the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary, which was founded by Angelina Jolie, and named after her daughter Shiloh.
A terrible accident
The Jolie-Pitt family has been on several vacations — some bad, some good, and some were incredibly unfortunate. The Jolie-Pitt family went on a vacation to Lake Tahoe in 2018, which was one of these unfortunate ones. They went on this vacation in hopes of spending time with each other and bringing back memories of incredible adventures.
However, it was during a snowboarding activity when Shiloh faced a terrible accident. Although the accident did not result in a life-threatening injury, she still had to spend the rest of her vacation with a broken collarbone.
What is the future of Shiloh?
Despite having a life, no less than a rollercoaster ride. From being the daughter of two Hollywood icons to receiving unwanted attention from the media and paparazzi to being criticized, trolled, and subject to debates to being in the center of multiple controversies and dramas, to finally making her Hollywood debut to find her own identity in the world of Hollywood, she has done it all at such an early age.
This is what makes us — and her fans — believe that she has a very bright future ahead of her.
Shiloh in movies
Zahara, Pax, and Vivienne were all featured in a Disney movie, Maleficent with her mother. However, in an interview, Angelina Jolie tells us that the movie could have featured four of her kids, including Shiloh.
She further adds and jokes how Zahara, Pax, and Vivienne were very much happy and excited to play small parts in the movie, while Shiloh was not interested at all. The producers of the movie could not convince Shiloh to say yes and play the role of older Aurora.
Shiloh as “Marcus”
In an interview with The Hot List, Angelina Jolie explained why Shiloh refused the offer to play older Aurora in the Disney movie, Maleficent. According to her, it was required of Shiloh to wear a dress to play the role of older Aurora, which Shiloh found absolutely absurd.
She added that Shiloh would never ever choose to wear a dress. However, Shiloh was more interested and happy to offer to play a character named “Marcus” who, according to her, has a bow and arrow along with horns in his head.
Shiloh’s sense of humor and goofiness
Back in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2010, Angelina Jolie has mentioned how Shiloh is the funniest of all the siblings in the family. Angelina stated that Shiloh’s sense of humor reminded her of Brad Pitt’s, probably where she inherited it from.
However, Angelina also mentioned how she could see her childhood self in Shiloh when she also used to have the same mannerism of dressing up and goofing around. Angelina further added that she lost her goofiness and became a bit darker herself before the kids entered her life.
According to sources close to the Jolie-Pitt family, Brad Pitt is incredibly close with his teen daughter, and the two share an astonishingly unique and powerful connection. The sources also say that Brad Pitt was tremendously proud of his oldest biological daughter.
On Shiloh’s 14th birthday, he praised her for her determination, ability to consistently stay true to herself, and for how she always treats her siblings with so much love and support. The family planned a special cake for the 14th birthday of Shiloh.
One of the best social circles
Apart from having a famous mom and a dad, Shiloh also has a circle filled with other star kids. Recently, a picture went viral when Shiloh (along with her sister Zahara) were spotted having a late-night pizza feast with the young actress of the popular series “Stranger Things,” Millie Bobby Brown.
The picture was posted on Instagram, which shows the three young talented Hollywood stars having fun, very late in the night. However, they were guided by the responsible mother of Millie Bobby Brown.