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.”