Sure, there is nothing wrong with Shiloh Jolie-Pitt being a tomboy. But does her love of swords and guns signal a bigger problem?
Angelina Jolie has never been shy about discussing her wild and violent past. From a young age she was obsessed with knives. “My mom took me to buy my first daggers when I was 11 or 12,” the 35-year-old reveals. By the time she was a teenager, the brunette beauty was busting out the blades for self-mutilation. “It felt so primitive and it felt so honest… and then I had to deal with, you know, not telling my mother, hiding things, wearing gauze bandages to high school,” she confesses. Yikes! Based on her past, is Angelina doing the wrong thing by buying weapons for her 4-year-old daughter Shiloh and the rest of her kids to play with?
Whether it’s a wooden sword or a toy gun, Shiloh — who is pirate-obsessed — seems reluctant to be weapon-free, and even carried her toy sword off the plane when she and sister Zahara, 4, arrived in LA with their mom on the weekend. “I let her be who she is,” Angelina says about Shiloh’s tomboy ways, adding, “I want her to do what’s in her heart.”
But Shiloh isn’t the only member of the Jolie-Pitt crew to have a fascination with swords and guns. Back in 1998, Angelina bought her son Maddox, 9, his first swords, which she was quick to point out had blunt edges so he couldn’t hurt himself. “We take him to a special shop. We also talk about samurais and about the idea of defending someone as good,” said Angelina, who also threw Maddox a military-themed birthday party on his 6th birthday.