Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter, Shiloh, celebrated her 18th birthday on May 27 with a significant personal decision—filing legal documents to remove “Pitt” from her last name. Formerly known as Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, she is now simply Shiloh Jolie, as reported by TMZ.

This development follows a similar move by Shiloh’s younger sister, Vivienne, who has also dropped their father’s surname. Observant fans noticed this change on the playbill for “The Outsiders,” a Broadway musical produced by Jolie, where Vivienne worked as a volunteer assistant.

The decisions by Shiloh and Vivienne to remove “Pitt” from their names are believed to be tied to their reportedly strained relationship with their father. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are embroiled in a complex divorce, which began in 2016. Jolie has accused Pitt of both physical and mental abuse towards her and their six children. The family includes Maddox, 22, Zahara, 19, Pax, 20, Knox, 15, along with Shiloh and Vivienne.

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In 2022, Jolie submitted court documents detailing a disturbing incident on a private flight from France to Los Angeles. The filing alleges, “Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall.” It further claims that when one of the children intervened, Pitt “lunged at his own child.” The documents describe a chaotic scene where “The children rushed in and all bravely tried to protect each other. Before it was over, Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face.”

Just last month, additional legal documents filed by Jolie’s team claimed that Pitt’s abusive behavior had been ongoing long before the 2016 incident. The new filings state, “While Pitt’s history of physical abuse of Jolie started well before the family’s September 2016 plane trip from France to Los Angeles, this flight marked the first time he turned his physical abuse on the children, as well. Jolie then immediately left him.”

Jolie, whose last name both Shiloh and Vivienne have chosen to retain, maintains a deeply close relationship with her children. In a 2023 interview with Vogue, she reflected on the transformative impact of motherhood, saying, “I was 26 when I became a mother. 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. They’re better than me, because you want your children to be.”

Shiloh’s and Vivienne’s decisions to distance themselves from their father’s surname underscore the ongoing personal and legal battles within their family, highlighting the significant emotional toll such conflicts can have on children and young adults.

Last Update: June 1, 2024