Bio and birth dates - facts on the Jolie-Pitt clan, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie became a mum for the first time when she adopted a baby boy from Cambodia in March 2002. Originally named Rath Vibol, Angelina re-named her adopted son Maddox Chivan after she adopted him from his orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia. Although Angelina was married to fellow actor Billy Bob Thornton at the time and they announced the adoption news together, Angelina formally adopted Maddox as a single parent. The couple split three months after the adoption was finalised.
Angelina played the role as a single mum for a few years and then in 2005, on the film set of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005, rumours that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt started their relationship. Because Brad was still married to Friends actress Jennifer Aniston, this meant that Angelina and Brad's relationship kicked off with a controversial start. Following Brad’s divorce to Jennifer and his relationship with Angelina going public, the Hollywood power couple ‘Brangelina’ was born.
In 2005, Angelina decided to adopt her second child, an Ethiopian girl named Zahara. The baby girl was born on January 8, 2005, and adopted by Angelina when she six months old. Angelina first met Zahara (who was named Yemsrach by her birth mother and then changed to Tena Adam by the orphange) at the Wide Horizons For Children orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and applied for adoption. There was a slight set back after Zahara was brought home to the US, as her birth mother, who they thought had died during childbirth, surfaced, saying she had Zahara put in the orphanage because she was too poor to look after her. However, she later retracted her claims and gave her blessing for the adoption.
Although Angelina's relationship with Brad has just begun, Angelina adopted Zahara as a single parent (even though Brad was present at the paper signing), but has hinted in the past that her and Brad decided to do it together. In January 2006, Brad officially adopted Angelina's two children Maddox and Zahara and their surnames were changed to Jolie-Pitt.
Already nicknamed the 'rainbow family', Brad and Angelina announced that they were expecting their first biological child together soon after Brad's adoption of Maddox and Zahara was finalised. Angelina gave birth to a daughter they named Shiloh Nouvel on May 27, 2006, in Swakopmund, Namibia. The arrival of the first Jolie-Pitt biological child caused an excited flurry with fans, all wondering what the baby would look like because after all, they have the world's most attractive parents! The first pictures of Shiloh were allegedly sold for $4 million to american magazine, People, and $3.5 million to the UK's magazine, Hello! The picture fees were donated to an undisclosed charity of Brad and Angelina's choice.
Shiloh looked the perfect blend of her gorgeous mum and handsome dad! She has grown up to be quite the little tomboy, despite her glamorous mum and girly sister Zahara. After insisting that her family call her John, Shiloh also likes to wear boys clothes - with dad Brad recently splashing out $10,000 on boys clothes for her! She even demanded a soldier themed birthday party just like her brothers - not princess or fairy outfits for Shiloh!
In March 2007, Angelina and Brad decided to adopt again for the third time. This time round, it was a 3-year-old Vietnamese boy named Pax Thien. Pax was born in November 2003 and lived in the Tam Binh orphange in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His name means 'Peaceful Sky' with Pax meaning peace in Latin and Thien being sky in Vietnamese, although his orginal birth name was Pham Quang Sang. It's believed that the name Pax was suggested to Angelina by her mother, just before she passed away.
Adding once again to their brood of four, Angelina announced her pregnancy during the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. Despite never officially breaking the news, Angelina strutted her way down the red carpet, showing off her burgeoning baby bump, meaning confirmation wasn't neccesary! The couple did confirm later on that they were expecting twins and they arrived into the world on July 12, 2008 at the Lenval hospital in Nice, France. The boy and girl twins were named Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline (in honour of Angelina's mum Marcheline Bertrand who died in 2007).
The twins, who look the spitting image of their big sis Shiloh and the first pictures of twins fetched a whopping $14 million – the most expensive celebrity baby pictures ever. Again, the fees were donated to charity - this time to the Jolie/Pitt Foundation.
Soon after the first pictures were announced, intimate photographs taken by brad of Angelina, were printed in america's W magazine. They featured black and white portraits of the Jolie-Pitt family, as well as one of Angelina seemingly breastfeeding. And talking of breastfeeding, there was also a statue of Angelina made by artist Daniel Edwards, showing Angelina breastfeeding her twins - in the nude!
The multicultural brood of six children travel the world to many destinations including France, Venice, Prague and New York. The Jolie-Pitts travel so much, their rented $35 million 'Chateau Miraval' in Provence has a specially built helicopter pad so they can jet in and out.
Despite the couple saying they are content with their brood of six, they are constantly in the middle of pregnancy rumours and adoption riddles - from rumours of a Syrian adoption, to Angelina and Brad planning baby no.7.
Brad and Angelina are yet to marry but with Brad formally adopting Maddox, Pax and Zahara, as well as having their own children Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne, they all share the surname Jolie-Pitt. However, their children are said to not be happy with the fact that mummy and daddy aren't married, and apparently put pressure on Brad and Angelina to tie the knot!
With constant rumours that the couple are expecting more babies, adopting for the seventh time and are on the verge of splitting, Brad and Angelina continue to be one of the most talked about celebrity parents worldwide.
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