Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt first announced they were expecting their first child together back in January 2006 and the world went nuts. Paparazzi tried every trick in the book to get photos of the expecting mamma, which is one reason why the famous couple traveled to another country to give birth. They wanted privacy and time to bond with their new angel before everyone was in their face trying to get photos and interviews.
When Shiloh was born on May 27, 2006, tabloids blew up with the news, and to this day, are still going. She became Internet famous before she was even born, but once she arrived, she became almost a child legend. Every news site and magazine wanted a photo of the blue-eyed, blonde-haired baby that looked like an angel and inherited both her parent’s gorgeous looks.
Lately, when it comes to tabloids and pictures, everything is focused on how she went from that adorable blue-eyed, blonde-haired sweetheart in dresses, to a handsome blue-eyed, blonde-hair tomboy who prefers to wear sweats and suits instead of feminine dresses like her sisters. This is something some news sites think is due to Angelina pushing her to do and not something she does on her own.
Is Angelina really pushing her? Or does Shiloh do this all on her own?
Keep scrolling to not only find out the answer to that question and 19 other facts about the young starlet.
20 She Has Been Exploring Her Identity Since Age Three
For a while there, when Shiloh Jolie-Pitt started to step out in the public dressing as a boy with short hair, tabloids started to say that it was all due to Angelina and how she had it planned since birth that Shiloh would be her tomboy child.
According to hindustantimes.com, back in 2010, Angelina Jolie opened up about her daughter’s new look in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“She wants to be a boy,” Jolie said. “So, we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”
From what Angelina and Brad have told the tabloids, Shiloh has made it very clear since the age of three that she wants to be a boy.
Good on Angelina and Brad for accepting their daughter and letting her live life like she wants to.
19 Call Me John
When it comes to Shiloh, it was a hard decision to decide on what pronouns to use for her. Do we use "she" and "her" or "he" and "him"?
According to newsneednews.com, when inquiries came up about Shiloh’s fashion choices, Angelina had one response: “I think [Shiloh] is fascinating, the choices she is making. And I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting.”
From what we have learned from news reports and tabloids, Shiloh prefers the name John over Shiloh. Though this is true, Shiloh has not fully transitioned into a boy named John, therefore, until the transition is made official, it is best to keep using "she" and "her" pronouns.
18 Dual Citizen Of Namibia And The US
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are pretty big names. Which is why when they decided to give birth to their daughter Shiloh, they took off out of the country to do so. They wanted privacy. No news crews, no paparazzi, no interruptions or interviews, just complete bliss and no worries as they bonded with their newborn.
According to newsneednews.com, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born on March 27, 2006, in Swakopmund, which is a small town in the Southern African country of Namibia.
After the birth, Shiloh was granted citizenship to the US. Once this was done, the new family moved back, and Shiloh now has dual citizenship in both the US and Namibia.
17 Her First Baby Picture Sold For Over $7 Million
When Shiloh was born in 2006, everyone went a little stir crazy while trying to get the first photo of Hollywood’s power couple and their new bundle of joy.
According to newsneednews.com, two magazines paid a collective amount of $7.6 million to be the first ones to share photos of the new baby starlet, an amount that wound up giving Shiloh the title for "Most Expensive Images of a Celebrity." That was until her siblings Vivienne and Knox were born and their parents sold their pictures for a whopping $14 million.
Angelina and Brad did not keep the money though. All the profits received for the pictures were donated to different charities.
16 Not Even 13 Years Old And She Already Has A Wax Version Of Herself
In 2006, when news broke that Angelina had given birth to her first child with actor Brad Pitt, paparazzi wanted nothing more than to obtain photographs of the new family as soon as possible.
According to newsneednews.com, not only did they sell the rights to her first baby pictures for $4.6 million dollars, but they had a wax figurine of her at barely two-months-old made and placed in a world-famous museum in London called Madame Tussauds.
What makes this even more interesting is that most of the people who have wax figurines in this museum have won an Oscar or have fought for their country in a memorable war. Shiloh just had to be born to get a wax figure of herself.
15 She Was Mainly Raised By Nannies During Her Childhood
According to newsneednews.com, when it came to their children, Brad and Angelina wound up hiring one nanny for each of their six children, and Angelina’s brother, James Haven, was the head nanny. He managed them all to make sure they were doing what they needed to do.
Unfortunately, the job became too stressful for him and he started to have a breakdown. It wasn’t long before he was in over his head with all those Jolie-Pitt babies because the nannies contacted him if there were issues, but he the one who was running the entire household on behalf of his sister and brother-in-law.
Since then, he no longer fills that role, but regardless, Shiloh and her siblings were raised by nannies for a bit there while her family attended events and worked on different movie projects.
14 She Showed Up To The Red Carpet With A Pretty Painful Injury
We all know that kids will be kids. They are adventurous, a little clumsy, and are constantly wanting to try new things. Well, the same goes for celebrity children.
According to newsneednews.com, Shiloh attended the premiere of the movie Maleficent with her mother and sister Zahara back in January 2017 while sporting a cast over her black suit. It turns out that while on vacation in Lake Tahoe, she must have slipped or fallen (the details are unknown) and injured her collar bone.
The healing period for this type of brake is anywhere around four months, so it wasn’t long before she was back to her normal self again.
13 Angelina Isn't The Only One Who Likes To Give Back
We all know that Angelina has a heart of gold. She is constantly helping different charities and organizations, traveling to different countries to volunteer and help families and children in need, and even adopted a few children who needed a good home.
Well, according to newsneednews.com, she is not the only one with a heart of gold. Her eldest born child also has her mother’s heart and loves to travel abroad with her to help improve the world in as many ways as they can.
Angelina has made sure to instill in Shiloh the importance of giving back, especially to the places one comes from, which is why Shiloh has traveled many times to her birthplace in Namibia.
12 She's Not Camera Shy At Galas, Premiers, And Award Shows
Growing up in the spotlight means lots of events, lots of premiers, lots of paparazzi. While celebrities bring their children to a lot of their different public outings, there are some that most children are not involved in at such young ages.
According to newsneednews.com though, Shiloh was different than her peers. She attended galas, premiers, award shows, and red-carpet events with her parents, mainly her mother, on numerous occasions.
Shiloh is still young though, and Angelina doesn’t want her to grow up too fast. She makes sure that Shiloh gets to enjoy every minute of being a child and that she doesn’t miss out on anything.
11 A Name With A Special Meaning
According to newsneednews.com, both Shiloh’s first and middle name have a special meaning, which is why her parents chose it for her. Her first name, Shiloh, is a name of history. It comes from Jerusalem and means, “to whom it belongs.” There is not just an ancient meaning behind it though, it also holds a holy meaning. Shiloh is also a reference to prophets in the Holy Bible.
Now, her middle name, Nouvel, is less about history, and more about a special person. Brad adores a certain architect by the name Jean Nouvel, a mastermind from France who designed a plethora of different buildings. Shiloh was given the man’s surname in a way to honor this architectural genius.
10 She Is Younger Than All Her Adopted Siblings
According to newsneednews.com, Shiloh might be the oldest of Angelina and Brad’s biological children, but that doesn’t make her the oldest of their adopted children. In fact, Shiloh is actually the youngest when compared to her adopted siblings.
Angelina adopted Maddox in 2002, Pax was later adopted a few years later, and then Zahara was later adopted in 2005 — the year before Shiloh was born. While both Brad and Angelina were involved in the adoption of Pax from the start, Brad did not legally adopt Maddox or Zahara until 2006. Vivienne and Knox were born two years later in 2008.
Either way they entered the family, Shiloh seems very connected to her siblings.
9 C-Section Baby
According to newsneednews.com, during Angelina’s pregnancy with her first born Shiloh, doctors who were monitoring Angelina, recommended that she have a C-section done, instead of trying to do a natural birth.
A lot of women find that a C-section poses more risks to both mom and baby than a natural birth does. However, Angelina was not frightened whatsoever by the procedure. In fact, during an interview with Vanity Fair, she was quoted saying: “I had a C-section and I found it fascinating. I didn’t find it a sacrifice and I didn’t find it a painful experience. I found it a fascinating miracle of what a body can do.”
8 On Her Way To Stardom
Back in 2008, Brad Pitt played the leading role in a movie called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as none other than Benjamin Button himself.
According to newsneednews.com, the movie is about a man who ages backwards. The longer Benjamin is alive, the younger he becomes. It is almost like he is existing in reverse, which is totally impossible and what makes the movie so interesting.
During the filming of the movie, Shiloh was around two-years-old. Her age did not stop her from appearing in a few scenes though as Benjamin’s child with his wife Daisy. Of course, she did not have any spoken lines, but she still did great.
Since then, she has made quite a few appearances in some different filmmaking scenarios.
7 She Is Home Schooled
Shiloh was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She has the opportunity to do whatever she wants, really. There is an endless path of opportunities, especially acting, laid out for her thanks to her parent’s fame.
However, according to newsneednews.com, Shiloh, along with her parents, have chosen education first before pursuing anything else. Like her other siblings, and many other celebrity children, Shiloh is homeschooled.
There are a lot of benefits to homeschooling, which is why a lot of celebrity parents choose to do it. Not only does it offer a lot of different advantages than enrolling in a public school, but it also ensures a child’s safety.
6 She Was Put In The Middle Of Her Parent’s Messy Divorce
Divorce is a messy thing for any family, not just celebrities, and no child—be it famous or otherwise—wants to witness their parent’s splitting up. It is painful and can leave everlasting scars on the child.
According to newsneednews.com, when Angelina and Brad announced that they were splitting up, their children were thrown into the middle of what would soon become a chaotic and messy divorce. Many unnamed sources admitted to tabloids that their children were brought into to testify if they had any preference of who they wanted as their guardian.
This is where Shiloh admitted that she wanted to live with her father, a response that was not easy for Angelina to hear, but she understood and wanted nothing more than her children’s happiness.
5 She Is Not A Rainbow Baby (Even Though Tabloids Say Otherwise)
According to newsneednews.com, a rainbow baby is defined as a baby born after their parents had complications with a previous pregnancy that resulted in a baby passing away shortly after birth.
In short, a rainbow baby is a miracle baby.
Angelina tried very hard to stop the rumors that she was infertile. During an interview with Hello! magazine, she was quoted saying: “if [any of our children] had been conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization) we would have been happy to discuss it. But we have been fortunate never to have had fertility problems.”
These rumors all started due to her adopting her three children. The thing is, they adopted their children because they wanted to, and the rumors about Shiloh being a rainbow baby are just that: rumors.
4 Psh, What Labels?!
It is not a surprise that little Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has been met with negative criticism due to how she has chosen to represent herself.
According to newsneednews.com though, the public has tried many times to define her and place her into a labeled box. Shiloh has explained her reasoning behind why she does what she does. She does what she wants, and if it is not hurting anyone, she doesn’t see a problem with it. She does not let what others think or say define who she is.
People are always going to have something to say, be it negative or positive. If Shiloh keeps living her honest and true self though, their opinions mean very little.
3 Wait, Is That A Mini Brad?!
When Shiloh was first born, there was no denying she looked just like her mom with her angelic features. The older she gets though, especially with her hair cut short, she is beginning to look more and more like her father.
According to ibtimes.com, recently Angelina, along with Shiloh, Knox, Zahara, and Vivienne, attended the world premiere of the new Disney movie, Dumbo. Angelina was nothing more than a vision of beauty as she led her children down the red carpet. A lot of people noticed though that Shiloh was the spitting image of her father, Brad Pitt.
Shiloh decided to attend the premiere with a cute short hairstyle that closely resembled her fathers and a black hoodie.
2 She Was Once Learning Khmer
As previously stated, Angelina’s six children can do whatever they want job-wise. There are endless possibilities open to them, thanks to their parent’s fame. They are choosing school though before anything else and one of their passions is to learn new languages.
According to daytondailynews.com, Angelina opened up about her children’s desire to communicate in non-English languages while doing an interview for BBC Radio’s Women Hour.
"I asked them what languages they wanted to learn, and Shiloh is learning Khmer, [which a language from Cambodia], Pax is focusing on [speaking the native language of his birthplace in Vietnam], Mad has taken to [the fascinating languages from Germany and Russia], Zahara is speaking [the beautiful language from France], Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic and Knox is learning sign language," Jolie-Pitt said.
1 She Is Friends With Millie Bobby Brown
It is not an uncommon thing to spot celebrity children hanging out with one another.
Just recently, February 11, 2019, Shiloh, along with sister Zahara, were seen in the company of Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. They were not alone though. Kelly, Millie’s mother, was there chaperoning and making sure the girls did not get into any trouble.
According to usmagazine.com, the three amigos were grabbing a bite to eat around 11pm. They looked casual and all had smiles on their faces as they left the restaurant. This isn’t the first time they have been caught hanging out either.
Sources: hindustantimes.com, newsneednews.com, ibtimes.com, daytondailynews.com, usmagazine.com