First sort-of picture of Angelina holding Pax



Angelina Jolie flew from Ho Chi Minh City, where she first picked up three and a half year-old Pax Thien at the Tam Binh orphanage, to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi today, where she will obtain a Visa for the boy. She was said to be visiting the US Embassy on Friday to secure a passport for her newest adopted son, but that seems to have been delayed as she is now set to go to the Embassy on Tuesday. Maybe she delayed the appointment to give Pax more time to adjust.

Reports had Angelina whispering “no problem” in Vietnamese to a frightened and crying Pax at the orphanage, who was not told that he was being adopted until Angelina showed up to visit him. She is said to have spent 20 minutes with him in a side room calming him down after his initial shock at being taken from the only home he’s ever known. Maddox was also there to comfort the boy, and was said to have held his hand.

Staff just told Pax he was going to play with a mother and father outside once Angelina was at the orphanage and he had no forewarning of her visit. At first I was shocked that they would spring it on the poor kid like that, but then I thought about it and realized that parents might have chickened out in the past when it came down to taking a child home. They must be trying to protect the orphans and not scare them or get their hopes up by telling them that they’re about to be adopted.

Angelina has said that she’s going to stay home with Pax for a while to help him get adjusted to his new life, and that’s her priority. She says she’s sorry for the media storm that surrounds her and that she’s worried that it will upset him. She also says that she is fulfilling a child’s need for a family:

“Everyone would agree that children need to have a family,” the paper quoted the Oscar-winning actress as saying. “I have the ability to help children fulfill that desire. Why should I say no?”

The US-based adoption agency that arranged Angelina’s adoption said the process was not fast-tracked at all despite Vietnamese officials half-admitting it was.

Some news outlets are still reporting that Angelina’s daughters Zahara, 26 months, and Shiloh, 10 months, are with her in Vietnam, while others are saying they remain back in New Orleans with father Brad Pitt. Since there have been no pictures of the girls, it seems that they stayed at home and that earlier reports were mistaken.

Thanks to Just Jared for this picture of Angelina carrying Pax. Just Jared has more pictures of cute Pax. Angelina is also shown outside the Tam Binh orphanage with Maddox before they went to see Pax.

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  1. Kat says:

    Lordy she’s got some huge feet!

  2. countrybabe says:

    I guess she’s gonna start carrying him all the tim like she did with Maddox. He is old enough to walk.

  3. colsen says:

    I was wondering how long it was going to take for the UGLY FAT CHICKS to post negative things about Angelina!!

  4. Iva says:

    Actually it looks like the kid wants to get down…I realize she it trying to help, but in a way, I truly feel sorry for this child being pulled away from his homeland. When she adopted Maddox and Zahara they were just babies – but this child is older.

    I’m not bashing her – but I think foundations like the one Dave Thomas started reach a greater number of children then what Angelina is doing. I guess I look at it as the good of the many versus the good of the few (or the one in this case).

    I take a look at the charity that Dave Thomas started and his legacy continues to fund and the lack of Publicity he had gotten for his charity work that has reached hundreds of thousands and I see how much publicity that Angelina gets for 1 child…seems to me more emphasis should be placed on Foundations like Dave Thomas’ or even what Oprah is doing.

    Which makes me even more cynical that Angelina does this for publicity and to feed her own ego…

  5. Kiwi says:

    Grrrrrr, get over it, Iva – isn’t it just minutely possible that publicity is NOT a motivating factor? Is she dangling the kid in front of the paparazzi?

    Given the amount of work she has done for third world countries, that she has been recognised by major aid agencies as a children’s ambassador – couldn’t it be possible that she has made a commitment to HELP?

    A child in an orphanage is a child in need – and if I could afford it, I’d do the same.

    Go leave your comments on Perez. Mindless, ignorant negativity is welcome there.

  6. Poor Boopie says:

    I agree with Kiwi’s comments. How can you make a case for leaving a kid in an orphange because he’d be pulled away from his homeland? Having a loving and involved parent is way more important than what piece of terra firma you were born on.

  7. frewtloop says:

    Uh yeah, like anyone just ‘feeding their ego’ would take on the 18 year financial and emotional commitment of a child. For crying out loud, that’s just totally illogical to me.

  8. rose no thorns says:

    Exactly my thoughts frewtloop. Cool (user)name BTW.

  9. whatever. says:

    i agree with Iva regarding Dave Thomas’ (the owner of Wendy’s) charity for orphans.
    (i have little respect for oprah, though)

    I guess right now everybody wants a sexy young Mother Theresa to admire. having two babies at home wasn’t enough reason for her to commit her time to her children, but now that she has added to her collection, she is going to drop everything….for now?? sure, everybody wants to make her the new good housekeeping mother of the year…how do you know she is really a good mom? maybe you are close friends and go over to her house for coffee and laxatives.
    i dunno. whatever.

  10. nina says:

    yay, finally some people who aren’t ignorantly ripping on this seemingly kind woman.

    also 3 is still pretty damn young. i know i have hardly any memories of when i was 3. i don’t think he’ll feel too much pain from being disconnected from Vietnam, at the same time hasn’t Angelina made sure all her children visited their home countries?

    i wonder how people who are criticizing Angelina would feel in Pax’s place. would they rather stay in an orphanage with an almost guaranteed limited future OR actually have a family?

  11. tree says:

    nina, it depends on what you define as being Family. family used to mean a mother and father who showed their commitment to each other through marriage. there is no real stability here at all. look at their track records….in a few years or sooner, each of them will find some sweeter sexcandy somewhere else while doing another movie…its the curse of the cheater, when you hook up that way, there is always that fear……and these kids will be raised by impersonal nannies. floating around to spend weekends with their mom and the dude that gave them their other legal name, and whatever lovers they are now with. safety and stability are important in childhood.

    and as far as asking rhetorical questions, how would you feel if you were a baby, not even a year old, (shiloh) and your mamma was too busy travelling third world countries looking for a better kid than to stay around to feed and nurture you at the most tender times of your life.

    throws hands up in the air…..ohhhhh what the hell do i know. aww man

  12. dark faith says:

    angelina jolie and silvia navarro are the most beautiful women plus they are nice

  13. celebitchy says:

    Kat: her feet are size 9 and she is 5’7″. I remember because the woman at Falling Water who lent her some shoes to walk to an overlook in the snow said so. Paris Hilton is also 5’7″ and has size 11 feet, I kid you not. I am 5’7″ too and have size 10 feet. I am deprived of a lot of shoes I think are cute because I cannot find them in my size or they make my feet look big. In Angelina’s case her feet look big due to the shoes she’s wearing.

  14. vjolie says:

    kudos to angelina ! i dont know about how the rest feels but to me, all i know is that she is giving another orphan in this world a priviledged life(well, at least better, compared to growing up in an orphanage)

  15. Tootie says:

    I think it’s cruel to change his name. Pham Quang Sang is three years old, not three months old. It’s not like taking a dog from a pound, not knowing it’s former name and then giving it a name that suits your needs.

    She may not live long enough to care for him as she looks like she’s starving herself from the appearance of reduced muscle mass…it’s not about fat.

  16. someone says:

    I don’t care how many kids she adopts, none of them will feel special because as soon as they start feeling comfortable, she goes out and gets another one, and she called her biological child a Blob with no personality…Once a ho always a ho in my book. I lost all respect for Whorelina when she slobbered all over her brother at an awards show, and then told the world how “in love” she was with him…Those kids will all be in therapy at a young age, because thier mother is mentally unstable..so shes taking them out of one hell, and putting them into another..they may eat better, and have a better roof over thier heads, and a better education, but they will still be raised by nannies!

  17. countrybabe says:

    Why do these people keep saying that just because you grow up in an orphanage, you’re going to be nothing?

  18. sam says:

    I feel that it is fine to adopt. However the family should have spent more time visiting him and not have made the move so sudden. Unfortunately even though years from now he will realize how much better his life is the effects of what was done will leave him with attachment disorder. This can really mess up a persons life. Also why the name change. If Angie is into their cultures and wanting them to have roots in their country I think that leaving his name would have been sweet. I think that his birth name is really cute!

  19. FArrah says:

    LIKE I SAID BEFORE WHEN HAS SHE EVER HELD SHILOH ?????????????

    WHEN SHOW ME ONE PICTURE OF HER HOLDING SHILOH IN HER ARMS ??????????

    SHOW ME?
    IT IS POSSIBLE FOR ANGELINA TO HATE SHILOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ANGELINA HAS HELD MADDOX ZAHARA AND PAX,WHEN WILL SHE HOLXD SHILOH ?????????

    NEVER SHE IS JEALOUS OF HER!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU WILL NEVER SEE HER HOLXD SHILOH!!!!!!!!

    OUT OF ALL THE CHILDREN WHO HAS NEVER BEEN HELD?????????

    OUT OF ALL THE CHILDREN WHO HAS BEEN CALLED A BLOB???????????

  20. Iva says:

    Actually when I think about it – when have we seen Zahara smile and Maddox always has that “I hate the world” look on his face…

  21. dark faith says:

    there are plenty of pictures of her holding shiloh idiot

  22. FArrah says:

    GIVE ME A LINK I WANT TO SEE HER HOLDING SHILOH AND WHY AM I AN IDIOT FOR POINTING OUT THAT SHE DOSE NOT HOLD SHILOH I AM A DETECTIVE NOT AN IDIOT

  23. spellingnazi says:

    does not dose, IDIOT.

  24. FArrah says:

    SO I AM AN IDIOT FOR SPELLING ONE WORD WRONG NO I DONT THINK SO ITS CALLED BEING HUMAN WE ALL MISTAKES