Is Angelina Jolie Raising Her Kids To Be Gender Confused?

Thu, August 5, 2010 11:01pm EDT by 67 Comments
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Shiloh wears ties and calls herself John and now Maddox is playing with manicure kits. Why are Angelina Jolie’s children acting like members of the opposite sex? An expert weighs in!

We all know Shiloh Jolie-Pitt loves to look like a little boy; she lopped off her hair, wears ties and calls herself John. But now Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s adopted son, Maddox, is displaying girly tendencies; Angie reportedly bought the 8-year-old a manicure kit at the Rockridge Kids store in Oakland, Calif. on August 3 as a birthday present. Is this normal or is Angie raising her kids to be gender confused?

“Angie’s kids are trying to find their true identity,” Rebecca Roy, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the entertainment industry, tells HollywoodLife.com. “Shiloh has it the hardest. She’s sandwiched between three adopted children and twins, so where does that leave her? This may be her way of making sure someone is paying attention to her.”

The primary person Shiloh, 4, wants paying attention is her dad, says Rebecca. “She’s closest with her father, so she’s trying to identify with him,” our expert explains. “The kids might be trying to align with whatever parent they feel closest to.”

But is Angelina, 35, an instigator? Is allowing her kids to dress and act like the opposite sex a problem? Rebecca says no! “If Angelina is the one doing the purchasing [of Shiloh’s clothes or Maddox’s manicure kit], then she’s allowing them to express whatever they feel organically,” she states. “Many parents will allow boys to play with dolls – and sometimes it’s just a phase. She’s really allowing them to express what they need to express.”

Rebecca does think the situation warrants further investigation though, especially given that two out of Angelina’s four kids (she’s also mom to 2-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, 6-year-old Pax and Zahara, 5) are seemingly somewhat gender confused. “If it were me and I were treating them, I’d be investigating all of these things. Whether it was something about the family itself or regarding a lack of attention, these kids clearly need special attention paid to them and I would make sure they got it.”

Laura Schreffler

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Monty

Posted at 5:21 PM on August 6, 2010  

Does it really matter iF the kids are going against traditional gender roles? There are more important things to worry about when raising children.

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doubletrouble

Posted at 5:03 PM on August 6, 2010  

yes, she is.

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kim

Posted at 4:27 PM on August 6, 2010  

Well Ive seen Heidi’s sons nd Kingston Rossdale(pink polish) polish so I guess they have unstable homes too ,Cheryl.Cory678,maybe she turn the lovely Zahara into a lesbian so she wont have to compete with Brad’s first daughter’s affections.As for Depp he goes for weeks w/o seeing his familt according to Vanessa at least Brad , Angie and their kids are alays together.

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jasper

Posted at 3:53 PM on August 6, 2010  

That’s 5 minutes I’ll never get back. Damn, ain’t there something more important out there to write about? Something…anything. Gesshk

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angie

Posted at 1:03 PM on August 6, 2010  

bonnie, are you okay?

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gbtw

Posted at 5:57 PM on August 6, 2010  

lol…

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Tizzy

Posted at 12:23 PM on August 6, 2010  

This is soooooooo ridiculous. I wanted to be just like my male cousin when I was young, I dressed and had my hair cut just like him. He couldn’t stand me because I followed him and his friends around, but that’s another story. Anyway, I literally dressed like a boy until I was 11, and played in the mud with tractors, not with dolls, when I was young. I can tell you that I am now super-feminine, wearing nothing but skirts (don’t even own jeans, serious, just tacky leggings), have long hair, and a huge collection of heels and purses. Just goes to show, you never know. Let the poor kids be.

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mimi tholsted

Posted at 11:55 AM on August 6, 2010  

I dont even want to comment on this……………………………..

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cara

Posted at 7:38 AM on August 6, 2010  

this article is very ignorant. How does a manicure set mean he’s gender confused??? It means the kid just has good hygiene. My husband, a cop by the way, has a manicure set. Manicure sets can simply include a clipper, nail cuticle pusher, and an emory board. And as for Shiloh, what little kid doesn’t pretend to be named something else? She has two older brothers she looks up to, it’s not the first time a little girl becomes a tomboy by attempting to model herself after older brothers.

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tinamarie

Posted at 8:22 AM on August 6, 2010  

I agree. You know when my oldest son was in Jr High. He made all his teachers call him Martha. The next year it was Bob. His name is really Mark. It’s just a thing that some kids go thru. Also some kids are just more imaginitive than others. That them grow up and decide who they are without judgement.

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Bella

Posted at 4:01 PM on August 6, 2010  

Ignorant? This is a kid we’re talking about! He wouldn’t use manicure to keep his nails clean. Your husband may be caring about his cuticles but Angelina’s child wouldn’t be noticing such things at that age. As for Shiloh, I think it’s ridiculous how she allows her to dress like a boy and call herself John. Shiloh is such a gorgeous little girl and would grow up to be amazingly beautiful, I mean look at her mom and dad. But what if later on she keeps identifying herself as a boy? There’s been stories of kids who grow up asking to be treated like the opposite gender and when their parents notice, they’re dating people of the same gender as them. I think she shouldn’t make her kids feel bad about anything because really, they’re just children. But if she encouraged Shiloh to make some girl friends and Maddox to play with little action figures or something, her kids won’t ever be confused about who they are.

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A.N. Mouse

Posted at 2:19 AM on August 7, 2010  

Bella- that is stupid. How do you know that Shiloh doesn’t have any female friends? And how do you know Maddox doesn’t have action figures? Oh no! They may or may not grow up to be gay! *GASP* Ugh, luckily, if they DO end up identifying as gay or lesbian or whatever, their parents are very supportive of the LGBT community.
And, by the way, jus because a boy or girl identifies as more masculine or mor feminine, that doesn’t mean they will automatically end up being gay. Way to stereotype.

 
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louise77

Posted at 6:38 AM on August 6, 2010  

I demand that a story be put up about Kingston wearing nail polish and going to the salons with Gwen. I can’t believe how stupid people are. Zahara and Pax wanted the kit. Maddox wasn’t even there. What I really hate is that Bonnie and this so-called psychotherapist are blaming Angelina and say nothing about Brad. He’s the parent too and takes the kids shopping all of the time to.

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Reba Warren

Posted at 2:16 AM on August 6, 2010  

Just look at these beautiful children…all laughing, seem to be so happy. Angelina is such a wonderful soul, taking these kids and giving them a good life. God bless she and Brad. They are both a “class act”.

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Ang

Posted at 2:08 AM on August 6, 2010  

Here’s an idea? they look happy..how bout everyone STFU and quit worrying bout everyone else’s life and focus on thier own???

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david

Posted at 1:29 AM on August 6, 2010  

The criticisms of Shiloh’s clothing in the media is incredibly stupid. If girl wants a GI Joe for her birthday, are you really going to deny her that and buy her a barbie instead? Really?

A well-raised kid doesn’t separate boy toys from girl toys. They just like toys.

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Village

Posted at 1:23 AM on August 6, 2010  

First, boys have been doing their nails for a while now. Metro sexual. HELLO? I imagine Brad is required to get manicures, as he is a MOVIE STAR. And the children see that, and want to do it too.

Shiloh may be getting plenty of attention, but still wants to dress like a boy and be called John. It could be a phase, or more. I think it’s more, but whatever is going on, Angelina has said she can accept her children as they are. THAT’S good parenting.

And in this picture, Shiloh is looking to the side because that is where the wall of photographers are. If you want to question Angelina’s parenting, why is she parading her children in front of a crush of cameras, while someone like Johnny Depp always walks without the children, who no doubt are being moved quietly, away from the chaos he is creating by his mere presence.

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Milania

Posted at 1:10 AM on August 6, 2010  

Dumb and moronic headlines designed to get people angry and upset so they will post. That’s all it is. This site wants people to comment as otherwise it looks like they’re not getting any traffic coming through.

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Lisa

Posted at 12:42 AM on August 6, 2010  

As others have said, it was PAX, not Maddox who wanted the manicure set. What a waste of an internet page. You should at least have gotten the names of the kids right. Rita pointed it out and you still haven’t fixed it yet? You have no credibility and are a waste of internet space.

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Rita

Posted at 12:26 AM on August 6, 2010  

Bonnie, enough is enough. Pax, 6 years old, not Maddox was the one looking at the toy manicure set with Zahara that let kids play with MUD, Guess all Asians look alike right? You owe this family an apology. Get off this woman’s back. Wonder when you have time to parent your own children you are so busy trying to run Angelina Jolie down 24/7.

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Oh my God!

Posted at 11:38 PM on August 5, 2010  

Are you people running this blog idiots or what?First of all the “article” in Us Weekly said Pax was the one who picked out the manicure set and showed to Zahara.Then he asked Angelina to buy it.Bonnie Fuller you have a VERY sick obsession with Angelina Jolie parenting skills.I do hope this much time/attention is put into your own parenting.

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kissme

Posted at 2:17 PM on August 6, 2010  

Lol.

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Cory678

Posted at 11:31 PM on August 5, 2010  

Shiloh at least is confused. Maddox may just want pretty nails like his mom. Angelina is raising that kid to be a lesbian so she doesn’t have competition for Brad’s affections!

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Cybercindy

Posted at 10:34 PM on August 5, 2010  

I think this is a bunch of bull. Children should be allowed to explore whatever roles they want to try out. Shiloh probably wants the freedom of the boys and may very well be seeking Brad’s approval. She may wish he would take her riding on a motorcycle like Maddox. So what? She has many years to wear dresses or might wear pantsuits like Hilary Clinton. I like to wear slacks myself but also enjoy long skirts. As far as manicure sets, we should teach boys and girls about proper grooming. I think it’s interesting, not pathological. Stop trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.

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gbtw

Posted at 10:21 PM on August 5, 2010  

i love that shiloh wants to be called john b/c she is the spitting image of her grampa john voight! i just want to squeeze her to pieces she is so cute, especially with that little delicate necklace!

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anonymos

Posted at 9:45 PM on August 5, 2010  

Maddox gender confused? I read a few months ago that Maddox was very interested in Kim Kardashian, I dobn’t know what gender confused you are talking about. Men nowadays and I would imagine Brad Pitt gets manicured.

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gbtw

Posted at 10:19 PM on August 5, 2010  

true re brad and manicures…

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cheryl

Posted at 9:42 PM on August 5, 2010  

i am not sure what the psychology behind it is,but i do know that i have two boys and two girls that are grown, and not once did they ever display tendencies like these.Could it be that they do not have a stable home? They are constantly globetrotting, and Angelina surely seems more concerned with solving world problems,perhaps at the expense of heown children. Just a theoryr

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Dominic

Posted at 9:04 PM on August 5, 2010  

Your right hopefully Shilo grows up to be barefoot and pregnant and Madoxx stuffs his feelings deep down where no one can find them

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gbtw

Posted at 10:19 PM on August 5, 2010  

lmao… good one. :)

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Boo Hearne Carroll

Posted at 8:32 PM on August 5, 2010  

Gender, smender. Look at the photo, y’all! The kids are happy and smiling! Shiloh seems to be looking elsewhere, but the other kids look delighted at all the hooplah as is their mother. Please leave this family alone for a couple of weeks at least.

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gbtw

Posted at 8:12 PM on August 5, 2010  

i was annoyed when i saw your headline, but actually this was interesting reading! if the kids do in fact need more specialized attention than they’re getting, i hope these guys will slow down a bit and give them more! i feel like the kids do get a lot of attention from their parents though, but with so many of them, it must be hard. i adore this entire family… for some crazy reason i can’t explain. maybe i’m a fanatic.

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