Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Custody War Spotlights Shiloh Transgender Claims: 'Call Her John'

Joanne Eglash

As Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt battle over custody of their children in what has already become a volatile divorce, the spotlight is turning from the golden couple's romance that went wrong to what life has been like inside their home for their children. And in the process, the previous reports and rumors describing their daughter Shiloh as transgender or on a gender identity quest are being revisited.

The Mirror describes the "chaos" that went on inside Pitt's and Jolie's home as affecting all six children, while reviewing the history of Shiloh and her alleged gender identity questions. In contrast to reports that claimed that Angelina and Brad had very different parenting styles, the Mirror points out that when it came to Shiloh, the two reportedly presented a united front.

Shiloh has worn boys' clothes for years. Pitt had revealed that even when she was much younger, she made her preferences known.

"We've got to call her John."

"She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys' everything. She thinks she's one of the brothers," explained Jolie at the time.

Fast forward to 2016, and OK Magazine's insider revealed that Shiloh continues to want to wear boys' clothing.

"Shiloh's so funny about her wardrobe and she couldn't be more different from her sisters," noted the insider. "She only wears boys' clothes and is always stealing T-shirts from Pax's wardrobe."

Brad and Angelina also have sought "professional help" to understand how to provide Shiloh with the right environment, added the source.

"[Jolie and Pitt are] being extremely responsible about her tomboy ways," emphasized the insider.

"[They are] committed to giving Shiloh a loving family environment."

"Angie and Brad are getting advice from all kinds of experts on how to handle it carefully and not damage their child," shared the source.

Although the custody war may affect the future of all the children, the insider also revealed that the two planned to delay addressing Shiloh's gender identity issues until she is old enough for high school.

"They are worried she might get bullied, but she's a tough little nut who totally knows her own mind," added the source. "She's a very impressive young person with a killer brain on her shoulders."

Both of Shiloh's parents have a history of making statements alluding to her gender identity, but neither reportedly has used the term "transgender" in previous interviews. Jolie dished about her daughter's style preferences at length in the 2010 Vanity Fair interview.

"Shiloh, we feel, has Montenegro style," mused Angelina. "It's how people dress there. She likes tracksuits, she likes [regular] suits. So it's a suit with a tie and a jacket and slacks, or a tracksuit."

Jolie continued to make the statement that her daughter liked to "dress like a boy [and] wants to be a boy." Two years prior, Pitt had talked about his then-2-year-old daughter in a conversation with Oprah Winfrey.

"[Shiloh] only wants to be called John. John or Peter. So it's a Peter Pan thing," he stated. "So we've got to call her John."

Brad described a sample of the conversation that he had with his child at the time.

"'Shi, do you want...'...'John. I'm John.' And then I'll say, 'John, would you like some orange juice?' And she goes, 'No!'" he recalled. "So, you know, it's just that kind of stuff that's cute to parents and it's probably really obnoxious to other people."

As for how the situation has changed through the years, Radar Online reported last year that the family has rallied around Shiloh in response to Pitt's and Angelina's guidance.

"Brad and Angie have been doing everything possible to protect her from being bullied by her peers and outsiders," an insider revealed to Radar. "They have also been gently setting the tone for how their five other children interact with Shiloh."

The child usually wants to spend her free time with her three brothers, according to the source, who revealed that as a teenager, Maddox has taken on the role of helping "the younger siblings understand what Shiloh is dealing with."

Professionals have offered guidance as well, advising Pitt and Jolie to allow their daughter to dress "however she wanted," added the insider.

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