Empress Zahara’s plans for global domination must not be revealed


Fresh from the news that he was getting flirty with his Moneyball costar Kathryn Morris, Brad Pitt flew to Budapest to join his family. Angelina Jolie has apparently already begun pre-production on her love story, which is supposed to be set in war-torn Bosnia. Angelina had the kids too – for the past week or so, she and Brad have been separated while she was in Budapest and he finished filming Moneyball in Boston.

While in Budapest, Angelina has already enrolled her kids into local schools (probably those fancy ambassador-kids-schools she likes so much). According to Us Weekly, Angelina, Brad and her lawyers really, really do not want anyone at the school talking about the family:

On Monday morning, Shiloh, 4, Pax, nearly 7, and Maddox, 9, began school in Budapest (no sign of Zahara, 5).

A source tells UsMagazine.com parents and teachers have been ordered to sign security agreements stating that they won’t chat to the press. If they disobey, they may be subject to a fine; if the contact with the media continues, their child could even be suspended from the school until further notice, the source says.

While the kids are being schooled, mom and dad are focusing on work.

Brad Pitt is continuing to shoot Moneyball in Boston this week. Last week, Jolie was spotted in Hungary beginning work on her directorial debut, a Bosnian love story.

[From Us Weekly]

That seems a bit harsh. I adore the Jolie-Pitts, but occasionally, they cross the line. I think this is one of those times. Yes, I can see making the school staff sign confidentiality agreements, but to extend it to the kids enrolled at the school? And threatening the kids with suspension if the kids’ parents talk to the press? I mean, come on. What is the worst that one of Empress Zahara’s schoolmates would reveal? The details of her plan for global domination? Nuclear secrets? And yet the gerbils are still allowed to sell stories to the press!




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  1. mln says:

    I adore also them but I do agree that this is a bit much.

  2. spinner says:

    Yup…that’s crossing the line. That said…Z gives the best stink eye EVER!!
    Love her!!

  3. She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named says:

    Look where they are, this is a SECURITY issue, not a gossip issue. Those kids are walking targets for many reasons, not just kidnappers but terrorist groups. All it takes is one of the kids to say that they’re going to such and such a place on Thursday and it’s game over.

  4. tango says:

    I totally understand to some point. It might be a bit overboard but I imagine there are adults who aren’t above manipulating a child just to gain it’s trust and learn things that are then used for their own personal gain.

    I don’t think BP & AJ are worried the Pax or Shiloh might reveal they hate peanut butter or anything like that to their classmates. But kids naturally are more open so could reveal personal and private information to their classmates who take it home and tell their parents who sell it to the tabloids. So if the parents know if they talk their kid could be suspended, then they know up front the consequences. They can still talk but their kids will have to attend a different school.

  5. Toe says:

    ^^#3 You have a point there….

  6. Raven says:

    I’m surprised they are going to be in school. I remember when Maddox was having problems and it stemmed from all the changes. They then began homeschooling them with tutors and things got better. I wonder if they are trying again because Maddox is older.

    I know military kids go through this but they stay in one place for a couple of years or more. These kids move every few weeks or months and, under those circumstances, it would seem better to homeschool where the changes aren’t so great.

  7. devilgirl says:

    They could order me to sign all they want and I wouldn’t do it. If my child were a student there and that was the deal, I guess I would find another private school.

  8. spinner says:

    Rather than inconvenience & enforce stringent measures on EVERYONE else at that school, Angie should bring in a private tutor for her children. Her sense of entitlement & superiority is quite disturbing.

  9. lio says:

    Good way to make sure your children are never going to make any friend

  10. RHONYC says:


    i wanna rock shi’s boots for fall!

    she’s my favorite hardcore preschooler. 🙂

  11. Mairead says:

    Well, I suppose if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

    This is assuming that the facts are as they’re presented – possibly it is one of these ambassador’s kids schools, it could be that there are confidentiality clauses in place anyhow, but that the tabs are putting a sensational spin on it. Even respectable papers aren’t above dispensing with useful context if they can get a “newsier” story out of it.

  12. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Its harsh. I wouldnt sign it either. I wouldnt talk about them but they would never get close enough to punish my kid. Thats for sure. I dont care who they are.

  13. Ursaline says:

    They wouldn’t do too well at my kids’ school. Most of the parents of the grade schoolers have all know each other for years and go to lunch together every few weeks.

  14. skibunny says:

    I call BS on this. I dont believe they have that kind of power over a school in another country,it’s staff or parents of students.
    I feel somewhat sorry for these kids constantly being moved around without stability or continuity in their lives. These two little girls look exhausted in this photo.

  15. Katie says:

    If any little kid has the potential for global domination, it’s Z.

  16. Lucky Charm says:

    Come on folks, a “source” told US Magazine about this. Do we really know that this is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? There may be some truth in there but it’s mixed up with a lot of conjecture and a dash of imagination.

    Also, why shouldn’t the Jolie-Pitt kids attend school and make new friends? I would think that would be better for them than having a tutor at home all the time.

    And if you would choose to send your kids to another school rather than sign such an agreement, well then you’re just being selfish and not thinking about YOUR kids. Really, you’d make your own children leave their friends and go to another school just because for a few weeks you weren’t allowed to talk to the press about one of the other families in the school.

  17. Stephie says:

    The worst they could reveal is their home address, wherever home is most often. Don’t most parents teach their children their home address and ph# ? It’s not like the children would understand they shouldn’t give that info away. That could be a problem.

  18. mary jane says:

    @skibunny It does appear to be an experiment in child-rearing. I am rooting for these kids though.

  19. dj says:

    I don’t know if any of this is true. However, what it reminded of was a recent article about how A.J. “didn’t have any friends to talk to but Brad.” Issues like this would make it difficult to relate to her if she has already put people on the defensive.

  20. hellen says:

    Ridiculous. She’s bent on providing her kids with a “normal” school experience at the expense of everyone else.

  21. mln says:

    I still don’t like it but this is probably in place for a reason, remember those pics of Maddox in school in the early summer? I think the reason she doesn’t have friends is she has been burned in the past by people getting close (& her kids) in order to sell her out.

  22. Eileen says:

    Just by looking at her pictures you can tell Emp Z is probably a HOOT to be around. She looks like she is full of personality.
    I do think that its being harsh on the other kids to not talk about their presence. And if it is a security risk , home school them-why put others in danger just being around them?

  23. KJ says:

    This has nothing to do with the actual story (which seems a little overboard to me, but I’m neither a parent nor an international superstar with security/safety/liability issues constantly looming over my head) but Zahara is SUCH a cute fucking child. I usually only follow Brangelina stories because all their kids are so cute. Most of the gossip seems like tabloids are grasping at straws, so I usually just focus on the kids – especially Zahara. She can give a side eye like nobody’s business and she’s got an adorable giant head.

  24. mslewis says:

    This story comes from a “source” that told it to US magazine. And people actually believe this? Amazing!!

  25. nycmom10024 says:

    If this is true, this is over the top. My daughter attends school with many children of parents whose names are recognized around the world, both celebs, business world, politics etc.

    Can’t vouch for faculty, but as a parent, I have never been asked to sign anything. I would doubt that is even legal.

  26. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I have a hard time believing this.

    how many “normal” kids go to school with “celeb” kids at any given HS in California? or NYC?

    do THOSE schools make the “normal” non-celeb kids/parents sign some type of agreement?

    (I honestly don’t know the answer to that…if the answer is “yes”, then it makes this story somewhat believable.)

    oh, I forgot to add…ALL HAIL EMPRESS Z!!!

  27. Tammy says:

    Is this how children dress for an outing? Did Shiloh borrow her big brother’s biker boots, and did Angelina arrange for Shiloh to wear a pair of shorts and a polo top?

  28. lu says:

    That kid hates paparazzi. If looks could kill.

  29. Kim says:

    Raven you remember when Maddox was having problems, really?. Which tabloid told you that. Maddox has attended the same school in LA for at least 4 years.When they are on location the kids attend a branch of the school as in Manhattan, NOLA, Prague. In Venice they were taught by their teachers according to their mom, not a tabloid There were pics of Maddox and Angie at a school fair in June With Kimora Lee Simmons whose daughters attend also.There was also a pic of Zahara leaving school on X17 in Feb before they went to Venice. This story came from a German tabloid and US Weekly cut and pasted it.

  30. Exiled says:

    As he gets older, Brad is starting to resemble Benicio Del Toro in the eyes.

  31. cee says:

    What a baloney story. A source just like all the sources that spread all the lies about the JP’s. Come on people get real.

  32. Nikki says:

    Brad’s starting to look like Benicio Del Toro’s not much younger brother.

  33. Sakyiwaa says:

    i don’t believe US Weakly. it’s BS. all their stories on AJ and BP are BS. i dont make a big deal outta Angie not having any friends. i’m thinking if AJ had friends anyhow, that person would be hounded for information and would be a new thread for the tabs to spin their yarns around. yay, glad BP is in Budapest with em now. and yup, Empress Zee totally rocks!

  34. Beck says:

    I can’t believe no one mentioned the wooden sword that Shiloh is toting around with her. Ha!

  35. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Gimme a break, US Weekly is so full of sh*t. They have no exclusives in involving this family, almost EVERY single they print is a lie. They didn’t do this when the kids went to school in Prague or when Maddox was enrolled in his school in New York. So they wouldn’t do something like this now. Jeez US Weekly are suck scumbags.

  36. truthSF says:

    If Empress Zahara doesn’t want any information about her family being leaked, then Angelina has no choice but to follow the Royal Empress’s request…ALL HAIL EMPRESS ZAHARA!!!

  37. Sakyiwaa says:

    i love Shiloh’s wooden sword too! i keep thinking one of these days she’s gonna hit a paprazzi with it and cause a Shiloh-scandal! lol! plus, i would rock her combat boots if i could. but let’s not forget who this is about: Empress Zee. she’s gonna make executive decisions some day. i love her big, brown eyes and complexion! wow.

  38. Tazina says:

    Unfortunately, some of the comments about the children are cruel and unkind, especially the ones directed at Shiloh. I totally see why they want to protect them, as even normal behavior appears to be subject to intense scrutiny.

  39. devilgirl says:

    @Lucky Charms- I am going to assume that you were directing that question at me, so I will answer. As a PAYING parent of a student at a private school I would not be forced to sign anything regarding some celeb putting their kids in a school temporarily, when my child is a full time student. MY child would be subjected to dismissal for ME not signing. That is B.S right there, and if they do not respect the parents who pay them to educate their children enough to not force them to sign some B.S confidentiality contract, then they do not need my child there, because according to the school, the Jolie-Pitts are more important than myself or my child are.

    People who generally can afford private schooling for their children, are usually educated enough to not care about a celebrity or what in the heck they are doing. I would be damned if I would be forced to do anything because some celeb decides to park there kids there for a few weeks. Have some respect for the students and parents who pay for their children to be at that school, and who fund their (the school admin.) jobs.

  40. nycmom10024 says:

    @devilgirl and all the points you raised are how we know this story is not true.

    I can think of no headmaster or head of school that would allow that to happen.

  41. Cheyenne says:

    Baloney on this. My son went to private school from nursery school through prep school and I was never asked to sign anything of the sort.

  42. PsychicEyes says:

    It does appear that these kids are constantly on a plane going somewhere. Zahara does not look at all happy in the above pic.

    Personally, I do find getting on a jetty and flying around is stressful never mind dragging the little tots; with or without the nanny help.

    I call BS on this story because a school cannot force parents to sign a confidentiality agreement and if security is an issue then I am sure they can afford private tutors.

  43. Chris says:

    Since when did gossip magazines need real information to print stories anyway?

  44. BethL says:

    Brad flew to Hungary because his movie wrapped not because he’s trying to prevent cheating rumors. They never stay apart while one is filming so I don’t see why they would start now.

    If there is one constant when it comes to a Angelina story is the hypocracy of the haters. They go ballistic when she talks about how smart Maddox is or that Shiloh likes boy clothes but they don’t have a problem with staff and parents getting paid by tabloids to talk about the kids? Maybe the staff signed something but I doubt that they could force the parents to do so. If they had confidential agreements in the past it probably would have came out years ago. I can’t imagine they would change things out of the blue.

    Maddox never had problems in school. He’s been in school constantly. I think the only time he wasn’t was when Angelina was pregnant in France. If I recall from the interview, all of the kids were tutored at the time.

  45. Sakyiwaa says:

    @devilgirl, the reason you wouldn’t do this is because it probably never happens. this is a non-story. have you actually seen US Weakly ever get an exclusive from AJ and BP? the US Weakly article is the actual BS. and hopefully, you won’t have to yank your kid out of school cos nonsense like this doesn’t actually happen. AJ and BP don’t even have to come into the fray.

  46. leah says:

    kaiser your copying Dlisted’s “voice” in that title. try and find your own writting personality

  47. Dawn says:

    Empress Zahara will rule the world!

  48. lucy2 says:

    If true, which I doubt, it’d be over the line to ask parents to sign anything. I’d think school staff, esp. at a private school, would not be permitted to talk to the press anyway, but you can’t ask other parents to do that.

    Man, those kids change schools a lot. I kept thinking once more of them were school age the family would settle in one place a little more, but I guess not.

  49. Cruisin Through says:

    Why should parents of children who attend that school full time have to sign anything? That’s bullshit! They could care less if the Jolie-Pitt kids are there. If I was one of them, I’d raise hell about it. Assuming that there’s even a speck of truth to it, lol.

  50. DD says:

    Although I don’t believe this story, it wouldn’t surprise me after how they got Namibia to lock down its borders for the pretentious birth of their first daughter. That whole situation reeked of superiority complex no matter how anyone spins it. Zahara has this little classy lady style about her. I wish she could pick my outfits for me.

  51. bubbles says:

    WTF? these kids are going to be so messed up.

  52. Amy says:

    It’s another French school the kids have been enrolled in. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but whenever Brangelina are in town shooting a movie and there’s a French school available, the kids are enrolled. It seems Angelina wants the kids to learn French. I still remember when Maddox was enrolled at the Lycee Francais for a few weeks a few years back. I had friends who went to that school who would see Brad or Angelina come to pick up the kids.

  53. Cheyenne says:

    @bubbles: Your concern for the Jolie-Pitt children is soooo touching. Next thing we know you’ll be calling CPS on the parents.

  54. DiMi says:

    This has to be false. No parent would sign this.

  55. Cheyenne says:

    @Amy: The Lycee has branches in most major cities all over the world. A lot of children who attend the school are children of diplomats. A Haitian guy I used to work with wanted to enroll his children in the school but the family couldn’t afford the tuition, which is astronomical.

  56. doroty says:

    You have to feel sorry for those kids. They drag them all over the place. I agree travel is good, but so in consistancy, security and stability. Can you imagine starting a new school every few months? How sad.

  57. cruiz2 says:

    I think it good for these kids to experience real people – at a cost of course. Too bad there, but parents do a good job, they know what’s best. What’s up with the big white cross or sword – WTF? More scary to me!!! Maybe belongs to one of the kids?

  58. Lynda says:

    Hey…they both look more normal than Willow Smith or Suri, thankfully.

  59. Mary Jane says:

    Hungary is not some third-world country and Ms. Jolie has brought her brood to enough of those o’er the years…

  60. Moreaces says:

    All I have to say is Shiloh rocks.. Love that kid

  61. Kim says:

    I don’t feel sorry for these kids they are with both parents, they seemed to be healthy and seem to be loved unconditionally. They are blessed IMO.

  62. Alicia says:

    Hail queen Shilo! She is the one who will rule Hollywood sahara has nothing on her. She So pretty, got excellent genes from her very good looking parents