Angelina Jolie may be known for the numerous films she’s starred in – like Mr and Mrs Smith, Girl, Interrupted and Salt – and the generous humanitarian work she’s done over the years, but Angelina is also a mother to six children.
“I was 26 when I became a mother,” she told Vogue in September 2023.
“My entire life changed. Having children saved me – and taught me to be in this world differently. I think, recently, I would’ve gone under in a much darker way had I not wanted to live for them,” she continued, likely referencing her highly-publicised divorce from Brad Pitt as well as her lengthy and still-ongoing custody battle with him.
“They’re better than me, because you want your children to be. Of course I’m the mother, and hopefully that safe place for them and that stability. But I’m also the one that they laugh at – and I see them taking over so many different aspects of our family.”
But who are Angelina Jolie’s children, and what are they doing now? We have all the details on Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.
Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt
Born on August 5, 2001, in Battambang, Cambodia, Maddox was seven-months-old when Angelina adopted him in early 2002. She was in Cambodia after filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider there, and felt an instant connection with Maddox when she visited the orphanage he lived in.
Angelina adopted Maddox on her own, despite being married to Billy Bob Thorton at the time. And, when she and Billy split soon after, Angelina raised little Maddox as a single mother.
That was until Brad came into the picture in 2005 and he adopted Maddox too; however, as of 2023 – following Angelina and Brad’s separation in 2016 and eventual divorce in 2019 – Maddox is estranged from his father.
Also as of 2023, Maddox is 22 years old and studying at Yonsei University in South Korea.
Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt
Zahara was born on January 8, 2005, in Hawassa, Ethiopia but, like her older brother, she wasn’t adopted until she was seven-months-old.
Angelina and Brad both adopted Zahara in July 2005 (around the same time Brad adopted Maddox) and they brought her back to their home in the US, where Maddox instantly took to his baby sister.
“Mad loves her,” Angelina told Anderson Cooper at the time.
As of 2023, Zahara is 18 years old and attends Spelman College, located in the US state of Georgia.
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
On May 27, 2006, Angelina gave birth to her and Brad’s first biological child, Shiloh.
Currently, Shiloh is 16 years old and regularly attends the elite dance studio Millennium Dance Complex, located in Los Angeles.
Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt
The second-eldest of Angelina’s children didn’t join the Jolie-Pitt family until he was three years old. Born on November 29, 2003, Pax spent the first few years of his life in an orphanage in Vietnam.
But in 2007, Angelina adopted Pax; Brad did not initially as it’s very difficult for unmarried couples (Brangelina didn’t wed until August 2014) to adopt under Vietnamese laws. With that being said, Brad adopted Pax officially in 2008.
As of 2023, Pax is 19 years old and works as a photographer; most recently, he was the set photographer for the film First They Killed My Father, which was directed by his mum Angelina and executively produced by his brother Maddox.
Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt
On July 12, 2008, Angelina gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne. Knox was born first and was named after Brad’s grandfather, Hal Knox Hillhouse. Vivienne came along minutes later and was named after Angelina’s mother Marcheline Bertrand.
As Knox and Vivienne are still rather young – as of 2023, they’re both 15 years old – Angelina has kept them outside of the public eye. Although, Vivienne did play the younger Aurora (AKA Sleeping Beauty) in Angelina’s 2014 film Maleficent.