Brangelina adds another kid, Shiloh’s imaginary friend Amy

Shiloh doesn’t have enough playmates, so she had to make one up. She has an imaginary friend named Amy, whom Shiloh claims “she likes more than Knox and Viv” according to a source who supposedly spoke to Star Magazine. To be fair to Shiloh, Knox and Viv are probably still too little to really play with. And Shiloh’s big sister Zahara probably bosses Shiloh around something horrible.

When Brad was on Oprah, he told a few stories about his kids. One of those stories was about how Shiloh was obsessed with Peter Pan, and wanted to be called Peter. Has Shiloh’s little fantasy changed? Is she off Peter Pan and now only interested in “Amy”? It’s Star, so anything could be possible:

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have added another kid to their brood — Shiloh’s imaginary friend, Amy!

A source close to the couple says their 2-year-old daughter’s closest confidante is a made-up pal. “Shiloh says she likes Amy more than Knox and Viv,” says the source.

And at dinner time, Shiloh often announces, “Amy’s not hungry,” and pushes away her own plate!

So far, reasoning with the tot has proved useless. Two cute!

From Star Magazine

If Shiloh pushes away her own plate and says that Amy’s not hungry, maybe she wants to be called Amy. I did that when I was little too, I wanted a different name and so I would tell my parents that they should call me Diane.

It’s interesting that Shiloh has five siblings and yet she still either makes up imaginary friends or imaginary identities. She probably has a really great imagination, and may just be copying her actor parents. Fifteen years from now Shiloh will be screaming at Angelina “I learned it from watching YOU!” as she embarks on her one-woman cabaret show “Call Me Amy”.

Shiloh, Zahara and Angelina are shown out in NY on 2/18/09. Credit:

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  1. Because I Say So says:

    Her imagination is healthy. All kids go through that phase (with normal development/socialization). I see this as Star trying to say she’s being ignored or something is wrong here

  2. Lem says:

    goodness that Shioh sure is cute. I think Empress Z is going to grow into super model looks
    my son is well on his way to perfecting that “I’m so over this” stare Ms. Z works

  3. texasmom says:

    I’ve read that imaginary playmates correlate with higher intelligence, and multiple imaginary playmates even more strongly! Then again, my neighborhood’s most horrible bully had one, too… and the only smarts he seems to have are the devious Eddie-Haskell-like variety.

    My older daughter had two: “Iday” and “Friday.” We never figured out where those names came from.

  4. Shelly Shellz says:

    Shiloh is the cutestttt kid ever!!! Brad is gonna have so much trouble w her & the almighty princess Z around. Viv is next to come…can anyone say shotgun

  5. Leandra says:

    No big deal. On my walk to school down a country road, the trees were my subjects and I was their beloved Queen. Made for some interesting conversations as I carried out conversations with my “people”..far as I know I’m fairly normal!

  6. Bodhi says:

    I wanted to be called Jonathan when I was little. My mom said that I had a HUGE crush on a little boy named Jonathan at my pre-school & thats where it came from.

    Little kids do wierd stuff. its what little kids do

  7. Kolby says:

    I had an imaginary friend, too. I can’t remember her name, but my mom tells me I used to insist she had her own seat & table setting at every meal!

  8. hestia says:

    I had two. Casper and Astroboy. I can remember clearly having a three-way conversation with them. They talked to each other! LOL! My mother used to like to recount that I insisted on a place setting for Casper at the dinner table and threw a fit if there was no room for him!

  9. KansasRefugee says:

    Imaginary friends are a way for a child to project their feelings and identity as it is developing, especially if the feelings are too strong for the child to comfortably see as her own. I bet Shiloh was not hungry and did not want to eat more and had strong feelings about that but was scared to feel them and express them herself.

  10. keltilass says:

    My youngest had 12 imaginary friends. She kept very good track of them too. One day she announced they had all moved to California.

    @jane… kiss kiss to you, now go away

  11. Annie says:

    Bossing the younger kids around is what we older kids do. LOL.

    Imaginary friends are normal, especially at her age.

    Gawd, they’re all so cute, it makes me want my own litter too. (No sarcasm. lol)

  12. yup says:

    Mine is called Brad. I play with him every night ;)

  13. anneesezz says:

    Most likely she crated an imaginary friend because no one pays attention to her at home. Her parents are more concerned about their PR status than their kids. My bet is that most of Jolie Pitt kids will have addiction problems when they are older because their life is so dysfunctional. Money does not equal happiness.

  14. Ria says:

    I wanted to be a boy because all my cousins my age were boys. I changed my name to Adam and would only answer to that / wear boy clothes.

    Later, after I decided it was “ok to be a girl” I had two imaginary friends – Tom and Cindy. Tom lived under the kitchen sink and Cindy in the cabinet with our glasses and plates.

  15. photo jojo says:

    My daughter’s friend was Eeko, and every story she told started out with “This guy at my shop, his name is Eeko…” :)

    LOL @ Yup – sounds good!!:)

  16. MN Girl says:

    That is way cute! When my best friend and I were like 6, we had a whole imaginary world together. We were the daughters of Darkwing Duck and we solved crimes! She and I still laugh our asses off about that LOL, at age 24. Aside from that, I had an imaginary friend at Shiloh’s age, but hell if I remember the name. The most likely candidate is probably Princess Aurora, LOL.

  17. eternalcanadian says:

    i agree with anneesezz. it will be very interesting 10 years from now what happens to the jolie-pitt kids. anyone see those tlc shows “dozen kids and more” plus the duggars. should do a follow up to see if any kids go to college or did what their parents did (procreated like mad) or ended up in some bad situation. then again those families look a lot more grounded than the jolie-pitts who have no structure or regularity to their lives and kids very much need structure and reassurance which i doub’t either brad or angelina provide, especially when they’re off making movies. so yeah, anneesezz likely hit it spot on.

  18. Wench says:

    LOLZ @ #11. Moving to California! Cute.

    But, this just proves it. All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to If You Seek Amy.

  19. Christina says:

    damn, that shiloh kid has got good genes…

  20. Sarah says:

    Wow, Shiloh looks just like her father!

  21. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    Both of those girls are just GORGEOUS. I agree, Z is going to end up looking like a supermodel, watch.

    I had imaginary friends as a kid and I didn’t grow up to be some twisted drug addict. Sheesh, people. A LOT of kids have imaginary friends, even kids with lots of siblings.

    And my brother wanted to change his name to Steven for a while, LOL.

  22. Mairead says:

    Dear Tyra,

    Please to stop hawking your feeble attempts at looking “fierce” – a.k.a. Blue Steel with a squint.

    All future ANTM training sessions on “fierce” or “intense” should henceforth make visual reference to images of Empress Z.

    Yours, etc. etc.

  23. Musey says:

    When I was little, it never occurred to me to have an imaginary friend, but I kept hearing/reading about all these other kids having them, so I tried really hard to make one up. It never really worked, though.

    I *did* infamously run around in my underwear demanding that people call me Squanto, though. I was four, and we’d just moved to a new neighborhood, and the next-door neighbor came over to say hi, and I answered the door butt-naked and said, very seriously, “Hi, I’m Squanto.”

  24. ChristinaT says:

    why are all my posts being monitored and deleted? all i said was she has good genes and my post was taken off…

  25. turth-SF says:

    Muesy, That’s the funniest story i’ve heard this week. Thanks for the laugh.

    And LOL @ yup. I happen to have several, Brad, Johnny, Denzel, Blair, and Clive.

  26. turth-SF says:

    ChristinaT, your comment was posted.

  27. lio says:

    Britney Spears has the same imaginary friend. And she is seeking her ;-D

  28. Baholicious says:

    The number of siblings has nothing to do with it. It’s symptomatic of kids who feel isolated or left out, no matter how many kids are in the family. Oftentimes, it’s the youngest child in a sibline who has imaginary friends.

    I’ve said it before: Zahara looks like a hostile child. She probably hisses whenever Shiloh comes near her. The boys are busy being little boys and probably don’t include her in their play and the twins are too young – and they’ll have a special bond with each other.

    She’s doing these things either for attention because she isn’t getting enough or she’s genuinely lonely. Sometimes a person is at their loneliest in a room full of people.

  29. Sunny says:

    Shiloh’s a beautiful child, but I really get sick of the racism toward Zahara sometimes.
    Not really so much here, but it seems like some people really need to project their feelings toward black women onto her, which is sick, she’s just a baby.
    All this talk about her looking ‘hostile’ really needs to stop. Having flashbulbs go off in your face everywhere you go would probably make a kid cranky and annoyed. Not to mention, there are also pictures where she’s smiling.

  30. Baholicious says:

    Sunny, you are off your freaking rocker.

    Just saying.

  31. Lem says:

    sunny: Z quite often makes the “bitch please”. It’s got jack to do with her being black. It has to do with her attitude, you can see it. She has a very strong personality. Never met the child, but I see it.
    We’re not saying she’s always hostile or she doesn’t have the right to “bitch please” the photog’s.
    It’s the very same look my son gives when he can’t have chocolate before dinner or gets asked to pick up his socks. It’s inherent. He gives me the ‘bitch please’ His school photo this year is sporting the look. I’m not offended when people see it and comment about how he’s shooting the evil eye. I certainly don’t accuse people of being racist about it. It’s f*ck all to do with race. It has everything to do with the eyes and the mouth.
    Bitch Please

  32. morgs says:

    How the hell did you get that Baho was being racist Sunny?

    You are absolutely grasping at straws.

    Rock on Baho.

    And Musey, I want to anwser the door as Squanto next time. Thanks for the laugh, awesome story.

  33. Zoe says:

    HA! god these posts crack me up! “They all moved to California”, “call me Squanto” ahhhhh, awesome.

    Am I to conclude that all of you great former kids with excellent, funny imaginations, are the product of famous A-listers who breed like cats and are “too busy with their PR work and “selling their children” to pay the slightest attention to you? :)

    ahhh, gotta love the armchair psychologists coming out of the woodwork.

  34. boomchakaboom says:

    Sunny: Well, I’M sick of anything that’s said about Z or any other black person being misconstrued as racism. News Flash: Black people can be hostile, arrogant, ignorant, unfriendly, and act like total asses. Just like ALL people can, no matter what race they may be. Stop projecting your own issues onto other people and maybe learn to GET OVER IT.

    I demanded to be called katie for some reason when I was a kid.

  35. Wench says:

    I never had an imaginary friend, but I used to pretend I was a French exchange student sent to live with an English family because I got pregnant at 9. (Cue Tiny Tears). I even used to have an accent.

  36. Pufft says:

    What I’m more concerned about is that the nanny who supposedly keeps ‘tipping’ the star mag off with all these stories doesn’t have better contacts.

    Really, is there no better tabloid to give these stories to?

  37. Bodhi says:

    Baho~ But Shi isn’t the youngest in the sibline…

  38. texasmom says:

    Squanto is killing me! My sister was a full-time Indian when my mom was expecting me. When our dad tried to get her to eat pancakes by telling her that Indians ate pancakes, she ate nothing else for a week…

    My kids have an imaginary land with a different language, where, it turns out, everything I say to them is a swear word.

  39. the original kate says:

    why are people always using words like bossy and fierce to describe zahara? she is just a little girl that none of you actually know. i just find it weird that adults call a child they do not know empress or world ruler or whatever. brangelina fans: please don’t jump all over me, i am honestly curious.

  40. raven says:

    Zoe, you read my mind about the armchair psychologists. We see very little of these children in terms of their lives and gossip rags are just that. They aren’t beyond making things up to sell mags. And this family does sell the rags.

    Loved all the stories about the invisible friends.

  41. Ned says:

    Shiloh never seems happy. Actually Zahara and the rest of them, never seem smiling – except Maddox who is Angie’s favorite, so he gets more attention.

    I feel for this little one. She is beautiful, and obviously being bullied by Zahara and the older boys.

    She doesn’t have a home, a kindergarten, friends, never met her grandfather.

    Not to mention the amazing classes and other programs that she could have enjoyed and could have added to her development.
    I’m sure her parents can afford it, but they seem more focused on their own career and their own needs, rather than the children’s needs.

  42. Christina says:

    giant glasses, bit lips, black hair… jolie looks like some lady with the prefix “octo” or some such in these pics… the name slips my mind as she is so elusive :-p

  43. Jill says:

    um, i had an imaginary friend when i was little (his name was Artie, he had a job at the hospital kissing owies), and my parents paid plenty of attention to me, my brother wasn’t a bully, there was no PR and plenty of structure. this is what kids do, people.

  44. Autumm Leaves says:

    Shiloh’s a cutie a looks like her granddad. Zahara is goin to be a beauty as well.

  45. texasmom says:

    I think the “Empress Z” comes from Zahara’s “presence” in photos. Obviously we don’t know this little girl, but from photos she looks like she is very composed for such a young child. I think when people say things like “Empress” or “World Ruler” it is just a friendly, admiring joke. I think there was an interview a long time ago where one of the parents said something about how Zahara has a strong personality, which sort of goes with this.

    I don’t think it has a racial component, at least when I see it at this site, and I say this as a white mom with black kids. I have seen plenty of odd racist things in our day-to-day life and this doesn’t strike me as one of them.

  46. jenn says:

    “I’ve read that imaginary playmates correlate with higher intelligence, and multiple imaginary playmates even more strongly!”

    hmmm…if this is true, then i’m either a genius or a megalomaniac. Growing up i didn’t have just one or two imaginary friends, i had a legion of miniature, imaginary, followers who did my bidding. I was an odd child.

    Anyway, Shiloh is so adorable! I love her little pea coat.

  47. michellle says:

    Zahara is the real beauty.

    I think she’ll be absolutely striking like most Ethiopian & Somalian woman when she grows up. Generally speaking, the people in that part of eastern Africa tend to have long slender necks & bodies complete w/ curves, high check bones, gorgeous skin, almond eyes… the list goes on.

    Despite the fact the biological kids in that family are fairly fortunate, there’s no doubt in my mind the real looker is the eldest daughter.

    I don’t think she gives dirty looks. Rather her’s is a more exotic face so her regular expression seems less gormless than the other children.

    If she is pissed it’s most likely because she’s waiting for those fools to learn how to properly do her hair!

  48. michellle says:

    Shiloh’s a ringer for her Dad, his lips are not so small either.

  49. Baholicious says:

    Yeah Bodhi, I know and I think where I was coming from was that she was the youngest, then the twins came and that’s when the reports of the imaginary friends etc. started to come in. She’s a displaced youngest child ;-)

  50. Daisym says:

    Celebrity parents will overcompensate to their non-biological children at the expense of their biological children. And the children whether biological or not will be quick to take advantage of that. Zahara is at her happiest when Shilos hair is covered and when she is in ungainly clothes. She is unnaturally jealous of Shiloh and will go all out to play up to the camera when shes made a mess of poor Shiloh who probably will do anything to keep the peace. Angelina & Brad need to put a stop to this kind of subjugation of Shilohs right to shine by another child.