Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
July 12, 2008
Currently Known For:
$400 Million (Family)
Angelina Jolie's & Brad Pitt's Youngest Biological Daughter
Celebrity children are always being photographed by the paparazzi, but usually not to the extent as a certain six-pack of kids that belong to famed actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The couple that started their relationship in 2005 has the press going gaga for their family around the clock, and the exposure along with the acting roles has made them very wealthy.
Through the years, Jolie has starred in films such as “Tomb Raider”, “Wanted” and “Salt”, while Pitt has led the way in movies like “Troy”, “Fight Club” and “Inglorious Basterds”. When the two came together, they became known as “Brangelina” and have had their personal lives talked about as extensively as their professional careers.
After three adopted children and a biological daughter in the form of Shiloh, Jolie and Pitt announced in May 2008 that they were expecting once again, but this time it was twins. Like many parents, they had only planned for one, saying that “We weren’t expecting twins, so it did shock us, and we jumped to six (children) quickly. But, we like a challenge.”
Jolie said that she didn’t worry that there wouldn’t be enough help for the twins, or that the other children would feel left out. “(The other children) are old enough to feel included to change diapers themselves, to feed bottles themselves, like if I pump into a bottle,” she said. “We’re trying to find ways where it can be a fun group thing. Everybody gets special time so we can make sure we know where they’re at.”
On July 12, 2008, it was time for Jolie and Pitt to welcome their twins in Nice, France, giving birth to son Knox Leon and daughter Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt. The doctor that delivered the twins confirmed the good news that the babies were doing well, while the parents were doing great, too. Since the pregnancy was highly publicized, there were many photographers that wanted to be the first one to get a shot of the newborn twins.
Paparazzi gathered outside of the hospital where Jolie was admitted, and it was the local newspaper that broke the news to the world. Not allowing paparazzi anywhere close to their twins, Jolie and Pitt decided to create some revenue for their charity foundation with photos of their own. They grabbed the first photos of Knox and Vivienne, selling them to a pair of magazines for $15 million, making them the most expensive celebrity photographs ever taken.
That’s an estimated $9 million more than the second most expensive, ahead of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s twin children in 2008. All of the money went to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, helping children like the three that they’d adopted in the past.
Even though photographers couldn’t make that kind of money by photographing Knox and Vivienne, they’ve still been very much in the public eye. In fact, Vivienne has even made an appearance in one of her mother’s films, playing a young version of Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) in the 2014 film “Maleficent”.
Celebrating her 10th birthday in 2018, Vivienne and her siblings know that the media is always watching, and that they might be quick to judgement. This was especially true following the 2016 split between Jolie and Pitt after more than a decade together, leaving people to wonder how the children would cope. For the most part, it seems that they’ve been fine (Vivienne included), and have been spotted extensively with both of their parents, but that doesn’t stop the speculation from coming.
In 2018 there was a report that the children were more behaved around Pitt since he has a focus on discipline, while anything goes in Jolie’s house. “Food and water fights and soccer games in the house remain the norm,” one source said. “Angelina has no clue what she is doing. There are absolutely no rules…The kids have been very openly defiant and unmanageable when it comes to tutors and nannies.”
How reliable the source is can be up for interpretation, as the report came on the heels of the children leaving a Target store while not wearing shoes. Other reports have said that Jolie has been a fine mother to Vivienne and her other children, being very protective of her youngest daughter. Public photos have shown that Vivienne is somehow both the spitting image of both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, appearing very happy when spending time around her parents.
Vivienne and the rest of the Jolie-Pitt children are growing up fast and reaching their teenage years. For now, it doesn’t seem like any of them are too keen in catching the acting bug like their parents, with the exception of Vivienne. She already has one role in a major film under her belt, and it seems that there are plenty more to be had as long as she’s interested.