Angelina Jolie has been praised for her and Brad Pitt’s apparent decision to support what is being perceived as their child’s exploration of their gender identity.
John Jolie Pitt, who was named Shiloh by their parents at birth but has reportedly asked to be called John by their family, arrived at the Unbroken premiere with a cropped haircut and wearing a tuxedo/tie combination. The Independent is using gender neutral pronouns until it is established how John wants to be referred to.
John's brothers were also wearing similar outfits, and this has been widely considered to be a sign that they are exploring their gender identity and Jolie and Pitt are supportive of this.
Angelina Jolie on screen
Angelina Jolie on screen
1/11 Changeling -2008
Angelina Jolie plays a grief-stricken mother in this 2008 period drama
2/11 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - 2001
Jolie stars in the blockbuster film based on the video game adventurer
3/11 Hackers - 1995
Jolie stars alongside Johnny Lee Miller in the 1995 film about a computer hacker who writes a computer virus
4/11 Girl, Interrupted - 1999
Jolie won an Oscar in 2000 for her supporting role as diagnosed sociopath Lisa, alongside Winona Ryder
5/11 The Tourist - 2010
Jolie stars alongside Johnny Depp, who plays an American tourist visiting Italy in a bid to mend a broken heart
6/11 Maleficent - 2014
Jolie stars in the lead as the vengeful fairy Maleficent, who is driven to curse the young princess in Sleeping Beauty
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7/11 Mr & Mrs Smith - 2005
Jolie stars as assassin Jane Smith alongside Brad Pitt. The two met and began an affair while filming the movie
8/11 The Bone Collector - 1999
Jolie plays Denzel Washington's detective partner as the two hunt down a serial killer
9/11 Wanted - 2008
The actress plays a second in command assassin alongside James McAvoy
10/11 Salt - 2010
Jolie stars as CIA agent Evelyn
11/11 Unbroken - 2014 (director)
Jolie with the late Louis Zamperini in her new film Unbroken about the Olympian turned World War II prisoner's life
Jolie has spoken openly of her child’s self-identification in the past, telling an interview with Vanity Fair in 2010 that John had been exploring their identity since the age of three.
"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."
Pitt also spoke of their child’s wish to be named John in 2008, telling Oprah Winfrey: "She only wants to be called John. John or Peter.
"So we've got to call her John. 'Shi, do you want...' - 'John. I'm John.' And then I'll say, 'John, would you like some orange juice?' And she goes, 'No!”
Jolie was forced to pull out of the Unbroken premiere after contracting chicken pox just days before she was due to promote her new film.