Jolie and Pitt do not interfere with their children’s choices
The first daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt was born 16 years ago. Since then, the attention to the girl has not weakened. The whole world gossiped about her when she wore boys’ clothes and called herself John. The gossips spread again with renewed vigor last year when the girl began to go out in dresses.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt accept their children as they are and give them complete freedom of choice, even in such important issues as gender self-determination. Part of the society admires this, while the other part mercilessly criticizes.
Freedom of Choice
By the time their first biological child was born, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were the parents of three adopted children: Maddox, Pax and Zahara. Jolie became their mother when her heart was still free. When it became clear that the actress’s relationship with Brad Pitt was way too serious, he also adopted them.
On May 27, 2006, Shiloh Nouvel was born in Namibia. The future parents decided to hide from the ubiquitous paparazzi there. The parents sold photos of the newborn to People and Hello! magazines for $10 million, which was transferred to charity.
When the girl was two years old, Brad Pitt told for the first time that Shiloh did not recognize her name and gender and demanded to call her John. “She wants to be called John. John or Peter. I ask her: “Shi, maybe you want to…” and she answers: “John. I’m John.” And I’m like, ‘John, do you want orange juice?’ and she’s like, ‘No,'” he told Oprah Winfrey.
And two years later, Angelina Jolie revealed that her daughter prefers men’s clothes. “She wants to be a boy. She likes tracksuits, pantsuits with a tie, jacket and trousers. So we even had to cut her hair. She likes to wear everything that boys wear,” she told Vanity Fair magazine. Her words were confirmed in the outfits that Shiloh chose for going out or just for a walk with her parents.
Parents demonstrated an incredible level of decision-making of their child and its support, but they stopped commenting on their daughter’s actions. Jolie even wrote a special column for Time in 2019, in which she explained that she coordinates with the children everything that is brought into the public field.
Journalists could only speculate. They even wrote that the girl conceived a gender transition and even started taking hormonal pills, stopping the development of the reproductive system.
In January 2021, paparazzi captured her for the first time with long hair pulled back in a ponytail, pierced ears and short denim shorts. Last year, Angelina Jolie often appeared at events because the film “Eternals” with her participation was released.
At the premieres in Los Angeles, Rome and London, Jolie was accompanied by all her children: both adopted and biological – Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne, born to Angelina and Brad in 2008. Shiloh went out under the camera flashes with makeup, in dresses sewn from her mother’s luxurious outfits, which she combined with sneakers.
Very soon, the time will come for Shiloh’s self-determination in what she would like to do in life. Jolie and Pitt also do not interfere, only showing their daughter all the available options, but not trying to influence her decisions.
Are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie doing the right thing by allowing children to make important decisions themselves?