The influence of onscreen chemistry between actors often transcends into their personal lives. This phenomenon was evident in the case of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the former dynamic duo known as “Brangelina.” As they filmed “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in 2004, their on-screen connection evolved into an off-screen romance, giving rise to a celebrity couple that captured global attention.
“Because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened… Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair,”Advertisement
Jolie shared candidly.
This partnership flourished for 12 years, resulting in a family of three adopted children—Maddox, Zahara, and Pax—and three biological children—Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox.
An Anticipated Arrival
The news of Jolie’s pregnancy with Shiloh garnered immense media attention, creating a frenzy of anticipation. The paparazzi followed every step of the couple, transforming their unborn child into a preeminent celebrity.
New York magazine humorously remarked, “Not since Jesus has a baby been so eagerly anticipated.”
Shiloh’s birth on May 27, 2006, was marked by the couple’s decision to sell her photo for $14 million, which was generously donated to UNICEF.
“While we celebrate the joy of the birth of our daughter, we recognize that 2 million babies born every year in the developing world die on the first day of their lives… These children can be saved, but only if governments around the world make it a priority,”
the couple stated.
A Unique Path
Shiloh, who is approaching her sixteenth birthday, has spent much of her life in the public eye. She has inherited qualities from her famous parents and has grown into a striking individual. However, it was her unconventional approach to self-expression that raised eyebrows. She expressed a desire to be called “John” instead of her given name.
“She only wants to be called John. John or Peter. So it’s a Peter Pan thing… ‘Shi, do you want …’ – ‘John. I’m John.’ And then I’ll say, ‘John, would you like some orange juice?’ And she goes, ‘No!’ So, you know, it’s just that kind of stuff that’s cute to parents, and it’s probably really obnoxious to other people,”
dad Pitt shared during an interview.
Jolie also shared her daughter’s preference for dressing in boys’ clothing, revealing, “She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”
Pitt and Jolie, however, wholeheartedly supported Shiloh’s choices, even though it required adjusting to the new name.