In 2002, Angelina Jolie found solace after her divorce from actor Billy Bob Thornton by adopting her first child, Maddox, who was a six-month-old orphan born in Cambodia. Angelina then adopted 6-month-old Zahara from Ethiopia in 2005, but nothing could compare to news about her romance with Hollywood’s leading man.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt met while co-starring in Mr & Mrs. Smith. However, at the time, Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston. As Brad realized he was developing feelings for Jolie, he divorced Aniston.
Rumors portraying Jolie as the seductive other woman swirled. Jolie claimed nothing happened before the divorce, saying, “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive.”
In 2006, Angelina was photographed with a baby bump and confirmed she was pregnant with her and Brad’s first child. The news made worldwide headlines, with tabloids scrambling to cover the actress’s pregnancy.
The couple flew to Namibia to escape the paparazzi and employed officials from local government to ensure their security. Only those with a written waiver from Brangelina could enter the hospital where they were staying.
On May 27, 2006, the couple welcomed Shiloh Nouvel into the world. Millions were waiting to see images of the already famous newborn, speculating on whose good looks the baby would ultimately inherit.
The new parents waited for the frenzy to die down before returning to America. They sold the baby’s first pictures through Getty images to the highest bidder and donated the payout to charity.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt earned herself such a large following, even as an infant, that a depiction of her, along with her parents, was created out of wax for Madame Tussauds. The manager of the wax museum, Janine DiGioacchino said, “Even though she’s just a few months old, Shiloh is already an iconic figure in the world of popular culture.”
Three children did not seem enough for the famous pair though. It seemed that Angelina had always wanted a large and culturally diverse family. A year after Shiloh was born, the couple adopted three-year-old Pax from Vietnam.
Shiloh took after Brad in every way, even choosing to dress more like him than like her mother. When she walked down the red carpet with her parents, she was dressed in a suit like her dad’s. Unsurprisingly, tongues started wagging about her more masculine appearance, even at such a young age.
When Shiloh cut her hair short and was dressed in a suit, it caused widespread criticism. One Life & Style headline read, “Why Is Angelina Turning Shiloh Into A Boy?” Many speculated that unchecked androgyny in children would do more damage in the future.
In an interview in 2010 with Vanity Fair Magazine, Angelina defended her daughter’s choice, “Shiloh likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy, so we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boy’s everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”
Many chose to defend Angelina’s choice to offer her child the freedom to express her unique identity. An Equality Society spokeswoman said, “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.”
Some guessed that Shiloh’s choices were a cry for attention from her preoccupied parents. Even Angelina admitted, “I felt so much more for Madd, Zahara and Pax because they were survivors. Shiloh seemed so privileged from the moment she was born. “
Four children still weren’t enough for the Jolie-Pitt family. Angelina announced that she was expecting twins. The twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, were born in July, 2008. $14 million were paid for the new arrivals’ first photos.
After nine years together and six children, Angelina and Brad finally married at their Chateau Miraval in France in 2014.
In late 2016, the pair made an unexpected announcement that they would be separating. Soon, Jolie officially filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and requested sole custody of the six children.
The family breakdown seemed to affect Shiloh the most. A friend of the family said, “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.”
In August, several reports revealed that Shiloh had been fed up with her mother’s actions towards her father. A source shared, “She’s been biting her tongue for a long time and has been longing to speak out for the last few months. But after Angelina’s recent stunt to try to paint her dad in a bad light last week, something snapped in her and she really wants to tell everyone just how much she and her siblings miss Brad and want him back in their lives.”
The ongoing divorce battle has turned nasty, with both sides publicly fighting to win the press and the public’s favor. Angelina has accused the actor of not paying meaningful child support, and Brad fiercely claimed that she was only trying to manipulate media coverage.
Recent reports have declared that the divorce is far from over, which appears to have been stalled by the couple’s inability to agree on the terms of their children’s custody. Many have even speculated that the proceedings would last longer than the couple’s marriage.
Only time will tell how the bitter divorce battle will end. With the eyes of the world remaining firmly on her family and herself, Shiloh continues to grow into a refined girl. Who knows what the future holds for this young and famous face.