Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Unique Parenting Style

Published on 06/07/2020
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It’s difficult to pinpoint what Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are most famous for. Is it their charity work? Their large family? Their acting careers? It must be some sort of mix of all three. Throughout their relationship and marriage, the couple worked hard to raise their kids. However, it wasn’t long before the public became fixated on Shiloh.

Brangelina

Before ‘Brangelina’ became a thing, Angelina Jolie was married to Billy Bob Thorton in 2002 and adopted her first child from Cambodia, six-month-old Maddox Chivan. Later that same year, Angelina and Billy split up. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston. In 2005, Brad admitted that the reason he and Jennifer split up was because of Angelina. That same year, Angelina adopted her second child, Zahara Marley, a six-month-old orphan from Ethiopia. Despite the news from their previous marriages, Brad and Angelina were about to get some good news.

Brangelina

Brangelina

Building The Family

When Brad and Angelina finally got together, their fans couldn’t be happier. Soon enough, ‘Brangelina’ was a household name that everyone seemed to know. As the Jolie-Pitt family started growing, people were excitedly anticipating the birth of the couple’s first child together.

Building The Family

Building The Family

Escaping the Media

The couple wanted to live as privately as possible, which is to be expected from any Hollywood celebrity. However, if you’re Brad or Angelina, it’s almost impossible to dodge the media and paparazzi too much. Especially when the two are together.

Escaping The Media

Escaping The Media

To Africa

Angelina is well-known for her commitment to humanitarian work in Africa. While she was pregnant with her first child, the couple attracted plenty of media attention as everyone was excited. And so, Brad and Angelina decided to stay in Namibia so Angelina could give birth there. She wanted to keep up her humanitarian work while also avoiding the paparazzi. Their firstborn child was named Shiloh Nouvel.

To Africa

To Africa

Expanding

As their family grew bigger, the Jolie-Pitt family still wanted to adopt and keep their family growing. After giving birth to their firstborn daughter in May 2005, Brad and Angelina adopted another child who they named Pax Thien. He was three at the time and from Vietnam.

Expanding

Expanding

Adoption Difficulties

The Jolie-Pitt clan consists now of Maddox who’s 19, Zahara who’s 15, Shiloh who’s 13, Pax who’s 16, and the twins, Knox and Vivienne who are both 11. The family is definitely diverse! Angelina herself spoke about how she values diversity a whole lot more than perfection. She adores each and every one of her children.

Adoption Difficulties

Adoption Difficulties

Adopting In Ethiopia

In 2005, Angelina made the decision to adopt her second child in Ethiopia, Zahara. Jolie had a minor setback in the adoption process since Zahara’s birth mother came up after mistakingly being thought of as dead. Later the same year, Brad Pitt took custody of Zahara and Maddox as well.

Adopting In Ethiopia

Adopting In Ethiopia

From Jolie To Jolie-Pitt

Seeing as they were the most popular couple in Hollywood, everyone is fixated on their life together. When Brad announced he’ll be adopting Angelina’s children, Maddox and Zahara, the kids’ last name became Jolie-Pitt. And so, the Jolie-Pitt became somewhat of a trademark of the couple.

From Jolie To Jolie Pitt

From Jolie To Jolie Pitt

Exciting News

Angelina and Brad were wanted to live as privately as they could, despite being Hollywood’s favorite couple. Brad’s announcement of adopting Maddox and Zahara delighted the fans to no end. However, that wasn’t all. When the couple announced Angelina’s pregnancy with their first biological child, the fans were ecstatic.

Exciting News

Exciting News

Where It All Began

The two stars met while filming their movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith back in 2004. At the time, however, Angelina was still recovering from her divorce from Billy Bob Thornton and was a single mother to Maddox. Meanwhile, Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston for four years by then.

Where It All Began

Where It All Began

Affair Rumors

The public couldn’t deny the chemistry the two actors had. So much so, in fact, that there were speculations whether Brad was having an affair with Angelina. Angelina made it clear that she had absolutely no intention of ruining Brad and Jennifer’s relationship. However, in 2005, after Brad and Jennifer announced their divorce, the two made it clear that it wasn’t for the reason the media claimed. Later on, Angelina was seen with Brad together. This is what generated the idea that they might be the next ‘it’ couple.

Affair Rumors

Affair Rumors

Much Anticipated Birth

Angelina’s pregnancy was the main focus of the media. Even more so when she was about to give birth. Due to the eagerness of the media’s interest, the iconic couple made the decision to travel to Namibia and have their baby delivered at Welwitschia Clinic in Walvis Bay. On May 27, 2006, Angelina and Brad welcomed their baby girl, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.

Much Anticipated Birth

Much Anticipated Birth

Photos For Charity

This couple is well-known for their serious commitment to the humanitarian work they do in Africa. Being a famous Hollywood who just had their first child, they were the center of attention of the media. Most of the paparazzi attempted to get a picture of the baby to make some serious money. However, the couple sold the first photo of their child for $3 million and donated the sum to their chosen charity.

Photos For Charity

Photos For Charity

Tight Security

During their stay in Namibia, Angelina and Brad had all eyes on them. So much so that the government of Namibia made sure no paparazzi could read the couple while they were staying at Walvis Bay. The police didn’t allow any media or paparazzi to enter the hospital, let alone take any photos or videos of the couple or the baby. Any unsolicited photos were confiscated by the police, not to mention, the person who took the photos would face custody with the Namibian police.

Tight Security

Tight Security

An Incident

Thanks to the high interest of the media of the Jolie-Pitts while they were in Namibia, the couple set an example to a Namibian national journalist. John Liebenberg had been one who was released from the police’s custody after taking unsolicited pictures of the couple. Later, the photographer was charged with trespassing that cost him a thousand Namibian dollars or a year of jail.

An Incident

An Incident

Big Reveal

The couple showed the first-ever picture of Shiloh to the public through Getty Images. However, the picture also appeared in Hello! and People Magazines. The money the couple made from selling the photo was donated to charity. Since Shiloh was born in Namibia, a lot of the media in the US was clueless.

Big Reveal

Big Reveal

Media Frenzy

After the anticipated reveal of Angelina and Brad’s newborn daughter, Shiloh, was done, the fever didn’t go down just yet. While things normally calm down soon after anything happens, the public was still excited about it.

Media Frenzy

Media Frenzy

A Wax Figure

After baby Shiloh was revealed on a couple of magazine covers, the public was even more excited. So much so that Shiloh became the first-ever infant with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. Each photo of Shiloh’s wax figure will cost $1 and all those earnings will go to UNICEF.

A Wax Figure

A Wax Figure

Not Quite Done

The Jolie-Pitt family kept on growing. The couple decided to adopt another son from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Pax was a three-year-old at the time. He had met Angelina and Brad while they were on an orphanage visit while in Vietnam. They adopted Pax soon after.

Not Quite Done1

Not Quite Done

Adopting Pax

Angelina knew that adopting a child was not an easy process. She’s learned from her past experiences that these challenges were the reason for her to pursue and love the child even more. She adopted Pax as a single mother, despite being in a relationship with Brad Pitt at the time. The reason for this is that Vietnam has a law prohibiting non-married couples to adopt a child in their country.

Not Quite Done

Adopting Pax

The Jolie-Pitt Family

As they got through the adoption process in Vietnam, they came back to the US with Pax and Brad. Later that same year, Brad applied to become Pax’s parent as well. And so, in 2008, Pax’s last name was changed to Jolie-Pitt.

The Jolie Pitt Family

The Jolie-Pitt Family

Growing And Changing

Usually, when a popular Hollywood couple has a baby, the next thing people are curious about is who the baby will resemble, their mother or father? However, seeing as the genes from both parents, in this case, were great, people began placing bets on who Shiloh will look like when she gets older.

Growing And Changing

Growing And Changing

Mom Or Dad?

As Shiloh got older, more of her resemblance to her parents began showing. Fans noticed that she was looking more like a female version of Brad. Even Angelina agreed with that. However, there were some fans who compared Shiloh to Angelina’s toddler photos.

Mom Or Dad

Mom Or Dad

An Announcement

Shiloh became the talk of the town as soon as she was born. This kept going until the Hollywood couple had some surprising news in 2008. While in a joint interview with Angelina and Jack Black in Cannes, Jack told them Angelina and Brad were expecting twins. Angelina said, “Well, Jack’s just confirmed it already.”

Next Came The Twins

Next Came The Twins

Next Came The Twins

In July 2008, the Jolie-Pitt clan became a family of eight with the birth of Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. This time around, the couple sold the first photo of the twins for $14 million. All the money from that deal was donated to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

Next Came The Twins1

Next Came The Twins

A Young Brad

As the spotlight was still on Shiloh, the public began to agree that as she grew, she looked more and more like her father. With the same blonde hair and dazzling blue eyes, the resemblance was uncanny. Not to mention, Shiloh’s clothing preferences were like his father’s as well, which made her seem like a younger version of Brad.

A Young Brad

A Young Brad

Non-Traditional Style

The Jolie-Pitt kids always attended their parents’ red carpets wearing gorgeous clothing and big smiles on their faces. However, fans expected Shiloh to wear a beautiful dress as well, but normally, she came in suits like his brothers’.

Non Traditional Style

Non-Traditional Style

Her Hair Too

Shiloh’s choice of clothing had fans questioning her style since she liked dressing so differently than her sisters. The public started noticing that her hair was also being kept short just like her dad’s. As a result, the media started being rather harsh, questioning Shiloh’s masculine style.

Her Hair Too

Her Hair Too

The Tabloids

The difference between Shiloh and her siblings made the media wonder about Brad and Angelina’s parenting. Some said the parents were turning their first biological daughter into a boy, while others said the couple was doing things correctly. They were allowing their daughter to figure out her gender identity and self-expression, choosing what she wanted to become.

The Tabloids

The Tabloids

Media Crosses Boundary

As the media noticed that Shiloh became more and more boyish, there were plenty of questions and comments about the family, such as a lack of ‘gender distinction’ that could harm the kids. As any normal parent would, the couple asked to remove Shiloh from their tabloids.

Media Crosses Boundary

Media Crosses Boundary

Defending Choices

Aside from catching the media’s eye, Shiloh’s style preferences caught the organizations’ attention after a while. They were very supportive of the child’s self-exploration for her own gender identity. Lots of parents normally think about shutting the idea of changing gender at an early age. However, this kind of thinking didn’t apply to this family. Brad and Angelina believe that labeling and putting in a box could do harm to the kids.

Defending Choices

Defending Choices

Her Mother Speaks

During all the speculations about Shiloh’s gender-fluid tendency, Angelina finally spoke up on the matter with interviewing with Vanity Fair. She clarified that any choices made by her daughter, she and Brad would support.

Her Mother Speaks

Her Mother Speaks

Telling Interview

During that interview, Angelina made it clear that her daughter, Shiloh, looks up to her brothers, Maddox and Pax, and thinks she’s one of them. It just so happened to be that she liked wearing boy’s clothes and a boyish haircut.

Telling Interview

Telling Interview

All The Speculation

Once the media heard Angelina’s clarification about her daughter’s gender issue, it didn’t do much to shut down speculations on the topic. The media didn’t stop. This actually created more speculations on whether Shiloh was going through a dilemma or looking up to her brothers or going through a phase.

All The Speculation

All The Speculation

Outpouring Support

Thanks to all the speculations about Shiloh’s identity, the spotlight kept shining on the famous Jolie-Pitt daughter. This issue got her plenty of support from all those people who support and advocate for the LGBT community. There are plenty of people in Hollywood who completely support Shiloh.

Outpouring Support

Outpouring Support

Someone Speaks Out

Shiloh got overwhelming support from the public about her manly style preferences. She even got support from Chaz Bono, Cher’s son who is now a transgender male. He does volunteer work from parents or families with kids who have a gender identity issue. He said to Oprah during an interview that he would love to talk to the Jolie-Pitt clan about Shiloh.

Someone Speaks Out

Someone Speaks Out

Speaking Out Of Context

Amber Rose was resented by the fans when she posted an Instagram photo of Shiloh with the caption: “#TransKids” and “#LoveurKidsNoMatterWhat#Support”. Rose also commended Shiloh for being “gorgeous” and being born in a perfect family that accepts and supports her image. Many people are being cautious about Shiloh’s gender since she’s still young.

Speaking Out Of Context

Speaking Out Of Context

Concern Over Child’s Needs

Insights into Shiloh’s gender identity made some people think that the difference within the family was the cause of her boyish image. Angelina did admit once in an interview that she felt more drawn to guiding her adopted kids since she became their mother at six months old and three years old. She said these kids were born with their own personalities already, while Shiloh was born with privilege. Angelina and Brad showed the public again and again how it isn’t easy raising such diverse kids, even when you’re financially stable.

Concern Over Childs Needs

Concern Over Child’s Needs

Born With “Privilege”

Angelina said, “For Madd, Zahara, and Pax I felt so much more than they were survivors. From the moment she was born, Shiloh seemed so privileged. But I know I don’t have to ignore her needs simply because I feel the others are more resilient.”

Born With Privilege

Born With Privilege

Plight For Attention

Shiloh definitely captured the attention of the public and became the talk of the town thanks to her gender expression. The difference between her and her sisters became undeniable when she was wearing suits to every red carpet she attended. The media began wondering if something specific caused Shiloh to get into this gender dilemma. All the same, most fans and famous Hollywood personalities are supporting Shiloh. However, some people wondered if the famous daughter was having this dilemma as a result of not getting enough attention from her parents. However, this entire gender issue came to an end when the Jolie-Pitt couple announced something surprising.

Plight For Attention

Plight For Attention

Strain for the Family

Brangelina had the entirety of their romantic relationship covered and talked about in the media. In 2016, the couple announced their divorce. This overshadowed their daughter’s gender issue. The bitter update to the relationship brought on immense pressure to the famous family – especially their children.

Strain For The Family

Strain For The Family

Father/Son Altercation

Angelina initially filed for divorce in 2016. This divorce triggered even more speculation when a fight broke out between Brad and his oldest adopted son, Maddox. There are many different reports that mention the incident happened on a private flight. Allegedly, Maddox interfered in his parents’ argument and sided with his mother. This led to him fighting with his father.

Father Son Altercation

Father/Son Altercation

Public Searches For Reason

As the media tried gathering more information on what really went on that plane, some news sources claimed that it was Brad’s alcohol drinking that intensified the fight. It turns out that Brad had gotten into a fight with his wife, but he never touched his son, Maddox, who wanted to protect his mother. News had said that Brad was under investigation for child abuse.

Public Searches For Reason

Public Searches For Reason

A Suspected Affair

After the whole divorce mess, many people speculated whether the divorce was caused by something outside the marriage. Brad is now linked with his Allied co-star, Marion Cotillard. The two were suspected of having an affair. The public thought the same thing that happened with Brad and Angelina was happening again with Brad and Marion.

A Suspected Affair

A Suspected Affair

Investigation Of Brad

After the private jet fight incident, this controversy led to an investigation of Brad for child abuse. The LA Department of Child and Family Services confirmed the ongoing investigation with Brad Pitt. Meanwhile, the actor didn’t mention a thing on the subject. A source close to Brad said that the allegation was a misinterpretation and was all fabricated. Pitt was doing his best to cooperate and wanted nothing but the best for his kids. The alleged child abuse case against him was eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Investigation Of Brad

Investigation Of Brad

Hard Times

Of course, the Jolie-Pitt divorce affects the kids. After a bunch of photos of Brad moving out, it’s obvious that the whole family was suffering from the strain the divorce brought. Shiloh, in particular, is showing signs of the effects the divorce is having on her. A source mentioned that Shiloh became tedious after the couple’s split.

Hard Times

Hard Times

Separation

We know that Angelina initially filed for divorce, citing an irreconcilable difference. She requested sole custody of her six children. Lots of sources claimed that Shiloh is the one who’s showing difficulty to accept and understand the situation.

Separation

Separation

Kids First

Angelina is known for her commitment to humanitarian causes and her devotion to her family – especially her kids. After the divorce, the kids didn’t have much to say on the matter of custody since they were all minors and it was their mother’s decision. This decision made Shiloh have a hard time since she would have to go on with her daily life without her dad. It wasn’t going to be easy.

Kids First

Kids First

Undying Bond

The Jolie-Pitt divorce made the kids experience some serious pressure as they faced a significant shift in their lives. Shiloh is the one who suffered the most from her parents’ separation since she’s more of a daddy’s girl. She started looking more like her father as well. Despite their separation, Angelina and Brad were sure to keep their bonds with their kids the same. In addition, Brad promised to keep supporting the kids.

Undying Bond

Undying Bond

Supporting Her Kids

As Jolie got custody of her six kids, she made sure that she would do all she could to lessen the damage the kids were experiencing. She wanted them to heal from their separation. In an interview in 2017, Angelina said she’s doing every adjustment her kids need and guarantees that all she does on a regular basis is for the kids’ well-being.

Supporting Her Kids

Supporting Her Kids

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