I remember when Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was born in 2006, thinking that she would lead the most charmed life of all celebrity children, and maybe even within her own family. Not that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would ever differentiate between their biological and adopted children! But at the same time, she was born of these two beautiful people and their exciting (if sordid) love affair. I couldn’t imagine how her life would ever be difficult.
Then, over the last few years, I’ve seen the tabloids go after poor Shiloh for dressing more “masculine” than her sisters, and speculating on her sexuality. Whether it was gentle ribbing or out-and-out “IS SHE GAY” articles, they made me hope that the six-year-old doesn’t know how to get her hands on the glossies in the supermarket.
And now there’s this cover story from Star, about how little short-haired weirdo Shiloh likes to use the men’s bathroom and plays with dead tarantulas. One of the headlines proclaims that Shiloh is “obsessed with blood, like Angie.” It’s like the tabloids are trying to bring back the wild child Angelina was from the mid-’90s to mid-’00s, and grasping for any detail that briefly conjures up images of Angie wearing Billy Bob Thornton‘s blood in a vial around her neck and having sex with him in the limo before the MTV Movie Awards.
Because when you actually read the Star article, all it says is that Shiloh thinks it’s cool to have a skinned knee. That’s pretty damn normal, and if anything might hint at a child’s desire for attention. In a family that big, I wouldn’t be surprised if Shiloh makes a big deal out of a little blood.
And yes, the fact that Angelina got her daughter a taxidermy bird a few years ago is definitely not what you hear of a typical kid. But consider the family! These kids are not growing up like the rest of America. They’re artsy and individualized and have license to express themselves however they like. Shiloh’s dead animal interests sound like something James Franco does now, or would have done as a six-year-old if he too had been raised by famous parents.
You know, this is what I remember being worried about when I saw the first photos of baby Shiloh, who even as a newborn had her mom’s famous lips. The media wants wild Angelina back, so they’re trying to see which of her kids can approximate the same level of scandal. If Shiloh wants to act out, let her do it when she’s a preteen and has her own Instagram account. Don’t project it on her now.