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Celebrity Children: Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt

Learn more about Brangelina’s third adopted child, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt.

With the whole mess of Brad and Angelina’s divorce, the Jolie-Pitt family is back in the news once again. But while the Hollywood ex-couple is mostly at the centre of attention, their kids are now sharing the spotlight. Let’s take a look at Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Brangelina’s famous eldest daughter.

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Who Is Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt?

Zahara was born on January 8, 2005, making her 14 years old today. She is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s second adopted child and eldest daughter. She is of Ethiopian descent and was born in the city of Awasa.

Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt spotted in New York City in 2019
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What Is Zahara Pitt’s Net Worth?

Being only a teenager, Zahara doesn’t have her own net worth. However, she does come from one of the richest and most famous families in Hollywood. Her mum, Angelina Jolie, is worth around $USD 160 million ($AUD 235 million). Her father, Brad Pitt, is estimated to be worth around $USD 240 million ($AUD 352 million).

What Films Has Zahara Jolie-Pitt Been A Part Of?

Zahara has already had a few credits to her name, even at such a young age. According to her IMDb page, Jolie-Pitt first appeared in the 2006 VH1: All Access series about the 20 Cutest Celebrity Babies as herself.

But her film career didn’t start until 2014 when she appeared in an uncredited role in the Disney movie Maleficent, where her mum had the starring role. Then, in 2016, she voiced Meng Meng, a young panda in Kung Fu Panda 3, again alongside her mother who played Master Tigress in the Kung Fu Panda trilogy.

How Many Siblings Does Zahara Pitt Have?

Zahara is one of six children, both adopted and biological, in the Jolie-Pitt family. Her older adopted brother Maddox just turned 18 this month. While another adopted brother, Pax (aged 15), acted alongside her in Maleficent. She also has three younger siblings: Shiloh (Brad and Angelina’s first biological child) and twins Knox and Vivienne.

Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt at the The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind special screening
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How Old Was Zahara When She Was Adopted?

The eldest Jolie-Pitt daughter was officially adopted in 2005 when she was just 6 months old. Originally, she was adopted by Jolie who, at the time, hadn’t confirmed her relationship with then-newly separated Brad Pitt. 

Then, in 2006, just a few months after Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s divorce was finalised, Jolie announced she was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Around that time, Brad also officially adopted Zahara and older brother Maddox, changing their surnames to Jolie-Pitt.

Who Are Zahara’s Adoptive Parents?

Both of Zahara’s adoptive parents are Hollywood A-listers. Brad and Angelina met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith and fell in love soon after, despite the fact that Brad was in a high-profile marriage to fellow celebrity Jennifer Aniston.

Jolie is most famous for her roles in movies such as Girl, Interrupted, Maleficent, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Kung Fu Panda. Brad Pitt gained fame for films like Interview with the Vampire, Seven, Fight Club, the Ocean trilogy, and 12 Years a Slave. He also appeared in a guest role on popular sitcom Friends.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Audi Opening Night Gala of Universal Pictures'
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Why Did Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Get Divorced?

The world was shocked when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced that they were separating in 2016 after more than a decade together. Jolie filed the divorce, citing irreconcilable differences; however, rumours circulated that the real reason was Pitt’s drug and alcohol use. Apparently, Pitt was a known alcoholic who would get aggressive and violent when drunk.

Is Zahara Pitt An AIDS Orphan?

When Angelina Jolie initially adopted Zahara, it was reported that, according to testimony from the child’s biological grandmother, the baby was an AIDS orphan – a child who has lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Soon after the adoption, Jolie had Zahara tested for HIV. Thankfully, the tests came back negative, and the child was confirmed to be healthy. However, later reports from Zahara’s biological mother herself insisted that she was not orphaned by AIDS, and there was a different reason she was put up for adoption.

Brad Pitt holds Zahara Marley Jolie in an airport, daughter of his then girlfriend, Angelina Jolie
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Who Is Zahara’s Biological Mother?

Zahara’s bio mum is Mentewab Dawit Lebiso, who had the child when she was just 19 years old. She lives in a small, poor town in central Ethiopia and makes a living renting out rooms in her home. 

She spoke to The Daily Mail in 2017, saying, Angelina has been more of a mother to her than I have ever been. She has been with her since she was a baby, but that does not mean I do not miss her. She also said that she wishes to reunite with her daughter and be in contact with her regularly, a request which Jolie has yet to address publicly.

Why Did Zahara’s Bio Mum Give Her Up For Adoption?

In 2007, the truth about Zahara’s conception came out. Mentewab, in an interview with Reuters, revealed that Zahara was, unfortunately, a product of rape. The young woman was violently attacked by a man who quickly disappeared after the act. She gave birth while she was in critical condition, and the child (named Yemsrach) was given up for adoption by Mentewab’s mother.

Conclusion

For better or for worse, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt was adopted into one of the most talked-about Hollywood families of all time. Because of this, she’s spent most of her life in the spotlight. She’s only had two film credits so far, but we’re already excited for what else is in store for her – including whether or not she’ll follow in her famous parents’ footsteps.

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