A month cannot go by without a rumor about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt doing the rounds. Whether it’s an impending divorce, or yet another child adoption, these rumors crop up on a regular basis.
The latest rumor was reportedly published by RadarOnline, saying that with all the time spent in Cambodia filming Angelina Jolie’s latest film, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, the famous couple were planning on adopting yet another Cambodian child.
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS! Angelina Jolie is secretly ‘Adopting’ a 7th child! https://t.co/bJvlT8HbNz
— Radar Online (@radar_online) January 11, 2016
Jolie Pitt’s latest directorial is based on the memoir of Loung Ung, an author and human rights activist during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s. Brad and Angelina also recently attended the Cambodia International Film Festival, where Jolie Pitt led an honorary committee.
Anyway, the rumor of the couple adopting yet another Cambodian child even hit the more mainstream media.
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) January 12, 2016
Brad and Angelina’s oldest son Maddox, 14, was born in Cambodia and was adopted by the couple. However, the rumor that Brad Pitt and Angelina were considering adopting another child from Cambodia was shot down by none other than the Cambodian government itself. Reportedly, they saw the news on Facebook and immediately responded, saying the rumor was false.
Sao Samphois, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Social Affairs Inter-Country Adoption Admistration told The Phnom Penh Post, “I saw [the news] on Facebook, but actually it’s just a rumor.”
Samphois continued by saying they had not been in contact with Angelina Jolie Pitt while she was filming in Cambodia and went on to stress there is currently no agreement in place for adoptions between the U.S. and Cambodia and, in fact, there hasn’t been since 2001, over various trafficking concerns. Even if they wanted to, Brangelina could not currently adopt another Cambodian child.
Reportedly, despite the fact Brad Pitt did tell the Telegraph recently they had actually planned on having 12 children, it looks like it will remain with just six for now, namely Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, 9 and 7-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. Brad did admit in the interview he really enjoys having the Jolie Pitt brood around him.
“Everyone talks about the joy of having kids — blah, blah, blah. But I never knew how much I could love something until I looked in the faces of my children. … [There’s] a lot of love, a lot of fighting, a lot of refereeing. A lot of teeth-brushing and spilling.”
Brad and Angelina travel frequently and these travels include taking the adopted children to their birth countries, as Angelina feels it is important for them to learn about their original homes.
“We travel often to Asia, Africa, Europe, where they were born. The boys know they’re from Southeast Asia, and they have their food and their music and their friends, and they have a pride particular to them.”
Angelina did add that she wants them to be just as interested in the history of their sisters’ countries and their parents’ home country.
Talking traveling, the whole family spent some vacation time over the Christmas holidays, traveling around Vietnam and Thailand and generally having fun, but as reported on the Inquisitr, Pax, 12, who was adopted from that country, had an unfortunate accident and broke his leg while jet skiing in Phuket.
— Life & Style (@Life_and_Style) December 30, 2015
Despite all the fun they are having, it seems for now the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt family will remain at a total of eight.
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