Once the power couple of Hollywood, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, seem to be laying low for a while, but there was a time when people were just fond of their jet-setting lifestyle, international adoptions and seemingly eternal love for each other.
After 12 years of togetherness, Ange filed for divorce from Brad, citing the irreconcilable differences. The case was settled in April 2018 after a lengthy battle. Supposedly, the big decision was prompted by an incident on a plane in September 2016, when Pitt lost his control and clashed with their 16 years old son, Maddox. Even after a couple of years since they called off their marriage, they are still making it into the spotlight for various reasons, including the custody of their six kids.
Here are some interesting facts about the Jolie-Pitt kids.
Angelina adopted Maddox Chivan with her second husband, Billy Bob Thornton, in 2002 after finding him in a Cambodian orphanage. Three months after the adoption, Ange and Billy split, and she brought up Maddox as a single parent. The name Maddox is obtained from the Welash word "mad" which means fortunate.
Maddox reportedly aspires to follow the footsteps of his adoptive parents as he hopes to pursue a career in the film industry. The talented teen has worked behind the scenes as a production assistant in 2015 film, By the Sea, and executive produced the 2017 film about Cambodian genocide, First They Killed My Father.
Maddox, who isn’t so keen on staying in the limelight, recently spoke up that he’s done living with his mom and wants to be with Brad. Reports have it that the teenager came up with the decision after Angelina visited and prayed at the grave of Pol Pot, a dictator who slaughtered 3 million Cambodians.
Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt
In 2005, Ange took the parenting responsibilities of a six-month-old Ethiopian girl, Zahara Marley. Meanwhile, Ange and Brad were rumored to be dating for a short time; however, they went together to take in the baby girl. In 2006, Ange filed a petition to change her kids’ surname to Jolie-Pitt.
The name Zahara comes from the word Zahra, which means shining flower. Just like her older brother, she seems to enjoy her film connections and has voiced one of the minor characters of Kung Fu Panda 3. Ange has said that she hopes Zahara will connect with her homeland the way Maddox had connected with Cambodia.
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
Shiloh, the first biological child of Angelina and Brad, has been in the spotlight since she was born in 2006. The couple sold the first images of their baby to People and Hello! magazines for 7.6 million dollars and donated the money to UNICEF. Shiloh means "place of peace" in Hebrew.
Ange has been very open about letting Shiloh be who she wants to be. The gorgeous girl with piercing blue eyes, a beaming smile and beautiful blonde hair reportedly said to her parents that she wants to be identified as a boy and insisted on being called “John.” She has been getting quite a bit of attention due to rumors that she might be a transgender. She is also likely to follow the showbiz career as she voiced a character in Kung Fu Panda 3.
In 2017, Jolie opened a rescue center for elephants and rhinos, Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia. When her parents went separate ways, she was the only one of six children, who missed her dad.
Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt
Ange adopted Pax from an orphanage in Vietnam as a single mom in 2007 because Vietnam doesn’t allow unmarried couples to co-adopt and she was yet to be legally married to Brad. As soon as they returned to the US, Brad applied to be Pax’s father.
Like every Jolie-Pitt kid, Pax also has a special meaning of his name that is the peaceful sky in Vietnamese. Being a son of Hollywood’s famous duo, he struggled to cope with the life of the fame, avoiding paparazzi.
Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt
Just months after adopting Pax, Ange and Brad made a big announcement during the premiere of Kung Fu Panda 3 that they were expecting twins. This time she gave birth in France and chose the twins’ names close to Jolie family tradition. Knox shares his middle name with his mom’s great-great-grandfather, while Vivienne got her middle name from his maternal grandmother.
The newly born twins were featured on the cover of Hello! magazine, and as earlier, proceeds went to charity, but this time to Jolie-Pitt Foundation. The nine-year-olds haven’t yet dabbled much in the showbiz world, but Vivienne had a small role in Disney movie, Maleficent, where she appeared alongside her mom.