Shiloh Jolie ‘hired her own lawyer and paid for it herself’ to drop ‘Pitt’ from her name

It feels like most people dipped out of the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt divorce story years ago, which is why Shiloh’s news last week came as a huge shock to many. Last week, Shiloh turned 18 years old. On her birthday, her lawyer filed paperwork to change Shiloh’s legal name from Shiloh Jolie-Pitt to Shiloh Jolie. This follows Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Vivienne also dropping “Pitt” from their names in school and elsewhere, but as far as anyone can tell, Shiloh is the first kid to make a legal change.

Now, for those of us who followed the divorce story and the lawsuits, countersuits and FBI files, we know why the kids want nothing to do with their father. The plane incident in 2016 was the turning point: Brad Pitt terrorized his wife and children for hours, assaulting not only Angelina but at least two of the kids (striking one child in the face and choking another), with the other children witnessing all of it. Everything that came after the plane incident is notable here too – the abusive campaign waged against Angelina in the media, Brad’s attempts to financially abuse her for years, that dirty work with the compromised judge. In any case, Angelina’s people let it be known that Shiloh made her own decision to drop “Pitt” from her name. Shiloh went out and hired her own lawyer!!

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter Shiloh took it upon herself to change her last name.

A source close to the matter told PEOPLE the 18-year-old filed to drop Pitt from her surname, which would make her legal name Shiloh Jolie, and hired her own attorney for the process.

“Shiloh hired her own lawyer and paid for it herself,” the source said, pointing to Jolie’s allegations of an “abuse history” as part of the reason for the name change.

Shiloh filed legal documents, obtained by PEOPLE, to drop Pitt from her last name on May 27, which was her 18th birthday.

In addition to Shiloh, Pitt, 60, and Jolie, 48, share five other children — Maddox, 22, Pax, 20, Zahara, 19, Knox, 15, and Vivienne, 15.

Two of Shiloh’s siblings also appear to have removed Pitt from their last name. Vivienne is listed as “Vivienne Jolie” in the playbill for the Broadway show The Outsiders, which is produced by Jolie. Zahara, meanwhile, joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Spelman College in November, and introduced herself there as Zahara Marley Jolie.

[From People]

A source also told Entertainment Tonight something similar: “Shiloh hired her own lawyer and paid for it herself, so Angie doesn’t know and can’t speak for it.” Yeah, it sounds like Shiloh is exceptionally close to her siblings and they’ve all discussed this name issue amongst themselves and Shiloh was like “I’m going to do it on my birthday.” I love that she went out and hired a lawyer herself. Amazing.

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  1. Flower says:

    Sadly the facts do not matter – Angelina will still be blamed for parental alienation.

    Seeing it already all over SM.

    • Nubia says:

      I also have been seeing people blame Angelina, most people have No idea how ‘bad’ the plane incident was and have no idea they can read the report. It will take a video leak like Diddy,Jay Z elevator incident to believe their precious Brad Pitt has done anything wrong.

      • Flower says:

        The actual plane incident aside, the whole situation leading up to the plane incident is just insane and heartbreaking all at once.

        We forget that Angelina had a number of very serious surgeries in the 3-4 years leading up to the plane incident including a double masectomy and removal of her ovaries etc that essentially put her into early menopause. She did all that to stay alive for her 6 children after having lost her mother 7/8 years earlier and her aunt 3 months after the double masectomy.

        To say that she had been through it was the understatement of the century. Around that time she also looked incredibly ill, drawn and thin. I have always had the sense that her health issues is what led to the breakdown between her and Brad and her kids felt protective towards her hence the showdown between Brad and Maddox.

        I think this is ultimately why the kids want nothing to do with him, he essentially kicked their mother whilst she was down in the lowest place in her life.

        Add the possible shenanigans of the Pitt clan since seeking to maybe manipulate the kids and I can see why they are severing ties to the name.

      • Mireille says:

        I think the plane incident was the final straw. I am guessing there may have been other incidents throughout the years that the family let Brad slide on or forgave him for. I think they gave him chance after chance after chance.

      • bananapanda says:

        My social media has people posting the actual two pages of the report (divorce filing?) of what happened on the plane and siding with Angelina. It’s clear Brad was like a caged angry lion on the plane and the kids tried to protect their mother. I think that opened Angelina’s eyes and she went into mama bear mode.

      • TRex says:

        Agreed. And so much for all those rumors about Shiloh moving in with her dad. It’s all BS

    • Blithe says:

      It’s funny how few of the people bleating on about “parental alienation syndrome “ ever bother to check with the kids. Most alienated kids have experienced quite a lot of painfully toxic crap — both first and second hand. Parents often alienate their own kids, then, instead of accepting responsibility for their own behavior and trying to repair things directly with their kids, dig in their heels and make things worse by blaming the other parent for their own inadequacies.

    • MichaelaCat says:

      Males and some pick me trash covering for a male

    • yupyup says:

      I despised my father and that was still not the first thing I thought about when I turned 18. It just sound off. 18 years olds are thinking about friends, summer and travel not sticking it to their dad with a name change and telling TMZ. I could care about the name. Its weird all around that this was leaked at all.

      • Jazz Hands says:

        Where I live, a child can legally change their name without parental approval at 16. The son of a coworker filed to change his last name from his father’s name to his mother’s maiden name as soon as he turned 16 (it was 100% his desire and decision). As for being leaked, I’m pretty sure the tabloids routinely check filings in CA and NY looking for stuff (marriages, divorces, births).

      • ncboudicca says:

        It “sounds off”? My brother-in-law changed his last name as soon as his wife became pregnant the first time and he realized that he didn’t want his children to have his father’s last name. People have different reasons for changing their names, and the type and timing of the trigger are also different across the board. If my father was extremely famous and he had abused me and was trying to use me to hurt my mother…it might indeed be the first thing I would choose to do at 18.

      • Sienna says:

        It was leaked because people who work in Vital Statistics (or whatever it is called there) get paid cash to sell info on the births, divorces, name changes of celebs to TMZ and they know it. How little do you think of 18 year olds? I called my birth father days after turning 18 and closed communication with him. It’s been 20 years and I stand firm in that decision. It felt very empowering to make my first “adult” decision to remove someone abusive from my life. I am sure she was feeling something similar.

    • Polly says:

      Do you need a lawyer to do this?

  2. Kokiri says:

    “Why don’t women report it?”

    It doesn’t matter even if we do. Those kids have been broadcasting the truth for years & people STILL call them,& their mom, liars.
    All for a man who doesn’t care about anything or anyone, least of all his family.

    • Subvers says:

      There was a story recently in Australia where a man was repeatedly reported to police and he had weapons. He killed his ex and daughter. He had been bragging about going to kill her and the police did nothing.

      • Snoozer says:

        I think you mean the recent case in WA? His wife and daughter fled his violence. They repeatedly told the police that he had 13 guns (very uncommon in Australia), that one of the guns was unaccounted for, that he was threatening them, was violent and that they were scared for their lives. The police declined to put out a protective order – which would have led to the seizure of his guns. They did NOTHING. When he couldn’t find his estranged wife and daughter, he went to his wife’s best friend’s house and shot her and her daughter. So his wife and daughter are still alive, and his daughter has spoken incredibly powerfully about this ordeal and what he did to his victims.

  3. Teemu says:

    You know what, I’ve always thought that “Columbine kid” comment was aimed at Shiloh, not Maddox, like everyone assumed. It didn’t make any sense, Maddox always had that punk style…
    Hence – “You don’t know what you’re doing (how you’re rising her)” towards Jolie. Pitt didn’t like the way Shiloh dressed or looked. He wanted to showcase his little princess.

    • Anony vas Normandy says:

      That makes a lot of sense – isn’t that around the time when Shiloh was going by John and dressing like her brothers? I remember there was a big hue and cry about how Angelina was “making her” do it. Brad’s mom is a massive homophobe, so I imagine she wasn’t very supportive of her granddaughter.

      • crogirl says:

        Shiloh was never going by John.
        When she was 2 Brad was on Oprah and talked about how she was obsessed with Peter Pan and wants to be called John. Late she preferred tomboyish (I called normal kids clothes) clothes but both of her parents always talked about her as a girl/she/her. It was all made up by media

    • Ivy says:

      I always thought this too. Maddox had a Mohawk when he met him lol. I bet he had more flexible view on the adopted kids since they weren’t biological his.

      It’s hard to break away from that conservative mindset too. As he increased drinking I wouldn’t be surprised if those views popped back up. I remember his mom did a whole did a whole anti LGBT letter. I am sure lots was said about her

    • RiaH says:

      This – I’ve also always felt it was towards Shiloh. She was in her John era then, and BP didn’t like it. He went after her, and Momma Angie came out and jumped on his back.

  4. Bros says:

    I also dropped my biodad’s name as soon as I was legally able to change it at 18, and took my step dad’s last name as the guy who stepped up to raise me since i was 3 years old. My a-hole biodad never let him formally adopt me even though he was not in my life, but pretty much just wanted to c@ckblock my stepdad and thwart him however he could, so it was with great satisfaction I dropped his last name at 18 with the courts.

    • Kristen from MA says:

      I know it doesn’t really matter and it would cost some money but you can be legally adopted as an adult. Your step-dad might really appreciate it.

    • Milas says:


      I couldn’t even take stepfather’s, he was abusive. My birth father was just a drunk, not abusive. Or present. So, I feel for these kids. They do not want to be used by his PR anymore.

  5. Flower says:

    I have a feeling that the name change is to distance themselves from the WHOLE of the Pitt clan. In the same way Angelina and James distanced themsleves from the whole of the Voight clan.

    • Tessa says:

      She reconciled with j on voigt . Are they still on good terms

      • Barbie1 says:

        I don’t think so. She expressed concern for palestinian civilians and he came out with an interview calling anyone who thinks that way a fool.

    • Dee(2) says:

      I have wondered this myself. If they maintained relationships with his parents and his brother. I don’t know any of them personally obviously but the reporting around his mom always gave me the vibes she tolerated Angelina and tolerated the oldest three to get to her biological grandkids. So they were part of shenanigans too it sounds like?

  6. sevenblue says:

    Brad was naming her specifically on tabloid stories, how she is gonna go to her dad’s home, etc. She probably saw them and removed herself from the story at the first chance. I wonder if Brad’s team wasn’t making up fake stories about her, she would handle this the first day she turned 18. It is just sad all these years later, they can’t still escape from him and his sick need to abuse Angelina. These kids are gonna talk some day if he continues to attack their mother in the press. Not everyone is as patient as Angelina.

    • Ivy says:

      I am aure she saw those stories. It was hard to get away from them. This is a great way to reclaim her name.

    • Lau says:

      It’s a very smart way for her to tell Pitt to back off because he was singling her out for some time now. It’s just so sad that now Pitt and his media allies are going to be screaming about Jolie alienating the children from him when he didn’t need anybody’s help to be a terrible person.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    Shiloh has a lot of guts.

  8. Embee says:

    My daughter and I are going through this now. Her bio dad hasn’t seen her in 6 years and before then only 2-3 times per year. She goes by my last name socially (and her private school allowed her to) but her medical records/passport are the other name and it’s a pain. Plus she’s starting public school in the fall and wants her academic record to reflect the name with which she identifies. She’s 14 but in our state her wishes are given weight. Here’s hoping we can get through this smoothly. I don’t have a phone number nor address (his mother doesn’t have one either) so I’m nervous!

    • ncboudicca says:

      Good luck Embee! I hope everything falls into place without delay and without drama.

  9. Serena says:

    Angelina is really raising some incredible kids, very proud of them all.

  10. K8erade says:

    Angelina’s kids are awesome. They know what’s up. You’d think after all of this, Brad would stand down. I know he won’t because he’s a malignant narcissist but any sane person who claims to love his kids would stand down.

  11. Alix says:

    Why would she need a lawyer for a name change? That’s something you can easily do yourself in court.

    • Lauren says:

      Most likely to go over any legal info and walk her through the process.

      • kirk says:

        Good idea to get legal advice on legal process that you intend to affect permanent change. Especially good in this case since there might be trust fund(s) involved, and it provides her with a buffer in case anyone gets contentious.

    • Square2 says:

      So there is a witness to prove it’s what she, Shiloh, wanted not other people wanted it done. Considering Brad’s hugh PR machine, it’s a wise move.

  12. Kingston says:

    When the kids were all minors & Brad & Angie were going strong and the Angie=bad/Jennifer=good wars were raging in the tabloids & online i recall seeing sooooo many anti-Angie folks salivating at the thought that when the kids grew up they wd all write “mommy dearest” tell-alls.

    Angie has borne the brunt of tht relationship thru its entirety.

    • Asdf says:

      Well people hated Angie over Jennifer because she was a homewrecker. Noone blamed Pitt lol.

      • Kingston says:

        Angie wasnt married to Brad or anyone else then, dearie. So she didnt wreck any homes. If jenny & brad were lousy together and brad decided to initiate divorce, its jenny’s problem if she didnt want the divorce (as she cried to magazines that she didnt.)

        The fact that Angie was the free and single woman that he started a relationship with afterwards, is c’est la vie.

        Insecure, low self-esteem, no self-worth women are the ones who go around blaming other women for their own relationship problems.

      • Square2 says:

        Well, if goes by the definition of “homewrecker” from people who hate Angelina, J Aniston was one too. So was Julia Robert’s. But those same people conveniently forget to call out JA or JR (and a lot of other Hollywood “homewreckers”, male and female).

    • Asdf says:

      Well homewrecker means she wrecked jennifer and brads marriage. So that’s why people were team Jennifer.

      And brad was never blamed and he was equally as guilty.

      And we should never forget that the same can be said of julia roberts and jen anniston later.

  13. Asdf says:

    I commend Angelina for not letting the kids forget that he’ s dangerous.

    Legal question: Can a 17 year old hire a lawyer byherself or does she need her parent to cosign on this?

    • K8erade says:

      She’s 18 now.

      • Asdf says:

        Yes but in order to hire a lawyer to file paperwork on your 18th birthday, she would have been 17 when she hired them.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      She could have made an appointment with a lawyer and told them ahead of time what she wanted. That way the hiring of the attorney and filing of the paperwork could have been done the same day…on her 18th birthday.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Generally, contracts entered into with minors are considered voidable (meaning the minor can disaffirm later) but are not necessarily void just based on their age. So she could have engaged the attorney on her own.

  14. Nikomikaelx says:

    Good for Shiloh! Its crazy how people on social media still blame AJ.

    Also, i know its not the point but do you really have to hire a lawyer for name change? In my country you can just fill a form online yourself (takes like 2 minutes) and it costs 95euros and you are done with it.

    • ML says:

      In the NLs, it’s not so easy and you do need to go to court. In a country like Sweden, people can easily change their names (and some do more than once).

    • Ivy says:

      No you don’t. California is a bit more tedious and you have to publish it in the newspaper for a long time. Still easy but if you don’t want to keep up with it then a lawyer makes sense

  15. ML says:

    The power of the Brad Pitt publicity machine is terrifying, because so many people believe his story as opposed to what we know to be true. Shortly before her 18th birthday Brad Pitt’s people told a few publications that Shiloh would be moving in with him/ that she took his side. Personally, the fact that she went the extra mile to drop his last name via the courts seems like a huge FU to him and the people in touch with the media for him. It’s so frustrating that so many readers don’t understand what he’s done and believe what he’s said!

  16. Jeanette says:

    Yeah the post that Pax made was all I needed to know. Brad Pitt is a fool.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I saw Pax’s post for the first time the other day and I gasped. My heart goes out to all of the children in this family.

  17. Cee says:

    The 6 siblings have always seemed to be very close with a strong bond so I can see how much the abuse affected them – whatever harm falls a sibling is felt by all, especially at the hands of a parent, so I can understand why they’re all dropping his name; they’re denouncing him and legally removing him from their future.

  18. Amelia Z says:

    Over a decade ago I turned 18 on a Sunday and went to court to file a name change petition Monday morning. It’s one of the healthiest things I ever did for myself and I have no regrets whatsoever. It felt like a new leaf and I remember being so irritated that people thought this was some way of “sticking it” to my father when it was 100% about me and my headspace. I know her parents are famous so the story has to include Brad to get clicks but this sounds like she’s doing it for herself and I hope this gives her peace.

  19. QuiteContrary says:

    Angelina seems like such a good mom. Good for Shiloh. I too hope this brings her a measure of peace.

    Note to Amy Coney Barrett: It’s possible to take a photograph with all of your kids and to not put the adopted kids of color on the outer edges of the group.

  20. Walking the Walk says:

    At this point, people need to realize that man’s children want nothing to do with him which speaks for itself and quit trying the Angelina alienated them from me. If he refused to take responsibility for what happened and was demanding to see the kids without supervision, I don’t blame them. And that judge who kept demanding that she and her attorney’s tell them that they were safe with their father? I can see now why she went to bat against his crazy self.

    • Lynn Chang says:

      How does he get away with it? It’s unbelievable to me. He’s made of teflon and for what? Being good looking? (BTW never found him drool worthy yet he snags both Jennifer Aniston and Angelina who are among the most gorgeous women on earth).

  21. Houlihan says:

    Straight from the narcissist playbook, Pitt’s team responded by saying he’s devastated, that Shiloh’s birth was the happiest day of his life because he “always wanted a daughter.”

    Shiloh was born AFTER Zahara, and after he adopted Zahara.

    He’s disgusting.

    And those kids adore and support each other. He really thought slighting one to flatter another was going to work? He might not see his adopted kids as his “real” kids, but he’s the only faker in the family. What a vile, nasty, cruel little man.

    • ML says:

      I clicked on that link…way to kiss up to an abuser, People dot com, and ignore anyone’s experience other than BP’s.
      That quote about having always wanted a daughter is indeed in that article. My god! It’s absolutely clear what Brad thought about Zahara, and I can’t believe that they printed this.
      There’s also a picture with this text: “Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouve Jolie-Pitt, actor Brad Pitt, Maddox Jolie Pitt, Jane Pitt and William Pitt attend the premiere of ‘Unbroken’ on December 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. BARRY KING/FILMMAGIC” Notice how each of the kids, who either unofficially or in Shiloh’s case, legally, have changed their names are saddled with his. And notice that WILLIAM BRADLEY Pitt is the only one who is listed with a different name than his legal one. They really don’t care about the kids or Angelina at all and it’s gross to see People letting his abuse carry over into this article.

  22. Rachel says:

    longtime reader, first time commenter.
    despite the fact i don’t know her–i’m just so gosh darn proud of this young woman! a truly wonderful birthday gift for herself as well as her immediate/Jolie family. brava, shiloh!