As Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt turns 13, here's how the new teen has grown over the years
The former celebrity couple, who are currently in the middle of a long drawn divorce battle since their separation announcement in 2016, have kept the talk over Shiloh’s choices to a bare minimum
They seem to be growing up so fast! Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, the oldest biological child of celebrity superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie celebrated her 13th birthday on May 27. Celebrity news fans have been extremely interested in Shiloh since her birth and have enjoyed watching her and her siblings grow over the years.
As a young child, Shiloh, who was born in 2006 in Swakopmund, Namibia, began to express her individualistic attitude to her parents Angelina and Brad, saying that she preferred to wear boyish clothes, sport shorter hairstyles and on several occasions, according to reports, the young girl has even asked her family to refer to her as John instead of Shiloh.
Her whole family, including her high profile parents, have been extremely appreciative of her life choices in this regard. However, the former celebrity couple, who are currently in the middle of a long drawn divorce battle since their separation announcement in 2016, have kept the talk over Shiloh’s choices to a bare minimum.
In one Vanity Fair interview, the 'Maleficent' actress stated when asked about Shiloh's tomboyish ways that she "likes to dress like a boy" and "wants to be a boy". Angelina continued, "So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys' everything. She thinks she's one of the brothers."
Eventually, speculation that Shiloh could be transgender spawned following the actress' statement. When the issue hit the stand, other celebrities were quick to offer their support, as were those with powerful voices in the LGBTQ community. Some of the most prominent names who spoke on the issue were Chaz Bono and Amber Rose.
Chaz Bono, Cher's son who is also transgender, said, "I would love to talk to them at some point, [And] at least let them know we have this resource for them if they ever need it. For a child who had grown up in the spotlight, under the watchful eye of the media, it can be too much to handle."
On the other hand, Amber Rose, a model who has been embroiled in more than one controversy, shared a photo of Shiloh at one red carpet, writing, “How gorgeous is John Jolie Pitt?! Born into the perfect family for him. #TransKids #LoveUrKidsNoMatterWhat#Support.”
Meanwhile, quite a few people even wondered if perhaps Shiloh’s fashion choices were the result of a need for extra attention. Even Angelina admitted at one point, "I felt so much more for Madd, Zahara, and Pax because they were survivors. Shiloh seemed so privileged from the moment she was born. But I’m conscious that I have to make sure I don't ignore her needs, just because I think the others are more vulnerable."
And once news of Brangelina separating hit the news, various reports claimed that Shiloh was the one it hit the hardest. Shiloh, who has always shared a special relationship with her dad, seemed to be taking the divorce the hardest among all six children. A source said at the time, "Shiloh’s not the same bubbly kid she was before Brad and Angie split. She doesn't understand why Brad can't be there on their family trips to Disneyland."
However, the pending divorce hasn't kept Shiloh from enjoying plenty of celebratory activities for her last few birthdays, even as her parents' relationship has become even more contentious. Her previous jet-setting included trips to her birth country of Namibia, Disneyland, and Utah. However, it is still to be seen what surprise the 13-year-old's new birthday party will hold.
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