Angelina Jolie Makes First Public Appearance (with Her Kids!) Post-Split
Angelina Jolie, still in the middle of a custody dispute with her ex, Brad Pitt, made her first official public appearance since their split — and her supportive children joined her.
DailyMail.com reports that Jolie — along with Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Zahara, 12; Shiloh, 10; and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — appeared Friday in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at at press event ahead of the premiere of "First They Killed My Father," a passion project she directed in order to "understand what my son's birth parents went through."
Proud mom and proud kids
The film is based on the war-time memoir of Jolie's Cambodian friend Loung Un, who was nearly killed when the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, came to power. Nearly a quarter of the country's population was slaughtered under the Khmer Rouge.
Maddox was adopted by Pitt and Jolie from Cambodia, and Jolie credits her son with urging her to make the movie.
"He was the one who just called it and said he was ready and that he wanted to work on it, which he did," she told The Guardian.
Looking elegant in a lacy black number, Jolie glowed at the event, where she spoke of her emotional connection to the film. People magazine reports Angelina said, "I cannot find words to express what it means to me that I was entrusted with telling part of the story of this country. This film was not made to focus on the horrors of the past, but to celebrate the resilience, kindness and talent of the Cambodian people. Most of all, this film is my way of saying thank you to Cambodia. Without Cambodia, I may never have become a mother. Part of my heart is and will always be in this country. And part of this country is always with me: Maddox.”
Maddox also addressed the assembled press, saying, "Thank you, everyone, for attending tonight. We finally made it. It's a great honor to present this film to all of you, and to stand by my mother and my family."
Maddox then introduced his sister Shiloh, who made her thoughts on Cambodia crystal clear. "My name is Shiloh and I love Cambodia."
Angelina and her brood were also invited to the royal residence of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, where Jolie was pictured bowing respectfully before the head of state. Hours later, they would all make an appearance at the film's official world premiere.
Maddox meets King Sihamoni
"First They Killed My Father," most of which is in the Khmer language, will debut on Netflix later this year.