Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt’s Twins Celebrate July 12 Birthday: How Split Changed Kids’ Lives [Opinion]

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are earning praise for how they’ve turned their lives around after their shocking split last year. But amid the kudos, what of the six children — Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Zahara, 12; Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt — shared by the famous couple once known as Brangelina? Amid the golden spotlight reflecting from Angelina and Brad, those six youngsters have gone almost unnoticed except for an occasional sighting. Now, as twins Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt celebrate their July 12 birthday in 2017, let’s look back at the changes in their young lives resulting from Jolie’s and Pitt’s overflowing-with-drama split.

Happy Birthday, Knox And Vivienne: Looking Back

The year was 2008 when Angelina Jolie, then 33, and Brad Pitt, then 44, became parents again for the fifth and sixth time on a single day! The fraternal twins, one boy and one girl, arrived via c-section on Saturday, July 12 in Nice, France, according to People.

Brad and Angelina welcomed baby Knox Leon into the world first. His 6:27 p.m. birth was soon followed by their tiny daughter Vivienne Marcheline’s arrival at 6:28 p.m. Knox topped the baby scales at 5.3 pounds, while Vivienne weighed a petite five pounds.

During the years that followed, the youngest members of Brangelina’s brood joined their big brothers and sisters in enjoying travels around the world, following their movie star parents everywhere from France to Hollywood. They became accustomed to having every footstep photographed when they stepped out in public.

Brad Pitt's and Angelina Jolie's twins Knox and Vivienne celebrate their birthday on July 12 after a lifetime of being photographed everywhere they go, along with their brother Pax and sisters Zahara and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt.

What A Difference A Year Makes In Brangelina’s Twins’ Lives

Last year, photographers stepped up to snap the adorable pictures of Brad and Angelina taking the twins out for a birthday breakfast. Celebrating the twins’ turning eight last July 12, Jolie and Pitt treated Vivienne and Knox to a feast of sweet breakfast treats at the Griddle Cafe in West Hollywood, as the Inquisitr reported.

Observers commented on how the quartet looked like any other family enjoying a meal together. Brad and Angelina indulged their twins in a pancake feast for their birthday, including everything from “Black Magic” pancakes with whipped cream to “Sow Your Oats” pancakes.

Mr. And Mrs. Pitt’s Final Family Photos

Although none of those eyewitnesses knew it at the time, the photos preserving Jolie’s and Pitt’s birthday breakfast for Knox and Vivienne would turn out to be the final photos of Brangelina’s family together, according to the Daily Mail.

Those photos showing Brad and Angelina celebrating their twins’ birthday with a special brunch are the last pictures of the two together, and subsequent photos of the twins show them with one parent rather than both.

While the world waits to see if Angelina Jolie and/or Brad Pitt will reveal how Knox and Vivienne celebrate their birthday this year, past birthday celebrations offer a hint.

How Will Twins Knox And Vivienne Celebrate Their First Birthday Since Brad’s And Angelina’s Split?

Two years ago, when Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt celebrated their seventh birthday, the united family took the twins for an exciting ice-skating adventure, according to Hello Magazine.

The family, including Jolie’s and Pitt’s older children (Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt) climbed aboard a rented bus for an afternoon of zipping around the ice. A source quoted by the magazine shared that Brad and Angelina “bundled up” their youngest in mittens and snow hats and that the little birthday twins were “really excited about it.”

Before their split, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt often were photographed with one or more of their six children.

Long before Jolie’s and Pitt’s split made headlines around the world, the children were seen holding hands as they skated, shared the insider, who called it a “really sweet” sight.

Will Brad and Angelina come together this year to repeat that birthday brunch last year, or the ice-skating expedition the year before? Or will Jolie and Pitt each provide the twins with a separate celebration?

What Does The Future Hold For Vivienne And Knox?

Even before she was old enough to get into the double digits, Vivienne showed signs of following Angelina’s lead. Zahara and Pax were given small walk-on parts in Jolie’s 2014 film Maleficent, but Jolie’s youngest daughter received a larger role as the young Princess Aurora.

As for what else is known of Joile’s and Pitt’s youngest children, when they turned 4, E! News quoted Angelina as sharing some insights into Knox’s and Vivienne’s young lives.

The littlest members of Pitt’s and Jolie’s flock are distinguished by their preferences. Her youngest daughter is a “girlie girl” who “likes to get her nails done and [collect] stuffed animals,” said Angelina. In contrast, Knox is “very much a dude,” added Jolie, noting that he “loves dinosaurs and swords.”

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