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Angelina Jolie and her children, Shiloh, Zahara, Angelina, Vivienne, Maddox and Knox at the The Eternals UK Premiere in 2021© Getty Images

Inside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's kids' decision to drop his name - all we know

The Mr & Mrs Smith stars share six children

Faye James
Senior Editor
Updated: June 5, 2024
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At just 15 years old, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter, Vivienne, is already making a name for herself in the entertainment industry. 

The teenager recently appeared on the playbill for the new Broadway musical The Outsiders, where she serves as an assistant to the producer—who happens to be her mother, Angelina.

The program for the play reportedly lists her as “Vivienne Jolie,” omitting the “Pitt” from her name.

 This decision has sparked curiosity, particularly because it's not the first time one of Brad's children has opted to drop his surname.

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the opening night of "The Outsiders" at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on April 11, 2024 in New York City.© Getty Images
Vivienne is the latest daughter to drop Pitt from her surname

Angelina, 48, and Brad, 60, once the Hollywood golden couple have spent the past eight years embroiled in a highly publicized legal battle.

Angelina filed for divorce in 2016, citing allegations of assault during a private jet flight from France to Los Angeles. 

Brad has consistently denied these allegations, and following an FBI investigation, no charges were filed. Despite this, reports on Brad's strained relationship with their six children have persisted. 

Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt seen attending The Eternals - UK film premiere afterparty at Maison Estelle on October 27, 2021 in London, England© Getty
Shiloh Jolie has also dropped her dad's surname

The former couple share six children: Maddox, 22; Pax, 20; Zahara, 19; Shiloh, 17; and twins Vivienne and Knox, 15. 

Last year, their eldest adopted daughter, Zahara, introduced herself as “Zahara Marley Jolie” upon joining a sorority at Spelman College in Atlanta. 

Similarly, Shiloh’s Instagram page refers to her simply as “Shiloh Jolie.”

Zahara and her mom Angelina at her college© Twitter
Zahara and her mom Angelina at her college

The ongoing family dynamics have possibly influenced the children, and Vivienne's choice to go by "Vivienne Jolie" is the latest example of following in her sibling’s footsteps. 

Brad has always publicly expressed his love and admiration for his children. He dedicated his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 'Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood' to them, saying, “This is for my kids who colour everything I do. I adore you.”

He also spoke fondly of Zahara in his 2022 interview with Vanity Fair: "She’s so smart. She’s going to flourish even more at college. It’s an exciting and beautiful time to find her own way and pursue her interests. I’m so proud. Where does the time go, right? They grow up too fast. It brings a tear to the eye."

Angelina and Brad with their six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox© Getty
Angelina and Brad with their six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox back in 2011

It remains unclear whether Vivienne or any of her siblings have legally changed their names. While Brad and Angelina’s divorce was finalized in 2019, they continue to be entangled in a legal dispute over the ownership of Château Miraval—a vineyard in Provence that was once their family home.

Theresa Wright, solicitor at Britton & Time law firm, revealed how Shiloh may go about her name change. "If children are estranged from a parent,  they often express a wish to change their name so that their estranged parent's name is removed completely. They may also want to change their surname to match their mothers if they are now living mainly with their mother and their surname is different," she says. 

"If the child is under 18, all those with parental responsibility must consent to it. The child must also give their consent if they are over 16. If everyone with parental responsibility does not consent to this, they would need to apply to the court for a specific issue order. If granted, the order would state that the child can change their name without the consent of both parents."

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