Happy 8th Birthday Zahara Jolie-Pitt!

Name: Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt

Parents: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Date of Birth: January 8, 2005

Siblings: Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Shiloh, 6, and 4-year-old twins Knox & Vivienne


♥ Zahara was born in Awasa, Ethiopia, Africa

♥ She was given the name Yemsrach by her birth mother but it was later changed to Tena Adam by the orphanage. The name was based on the local Amharic language’s name for Ruta (a green spice used in Ethiopia to flavor coffee).

♥ Zahara was adopted by her parents from the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia orphanage when she was 6-months-old

♥ She was mistakenly believed to be infected with the AIDS virus but future testing proved that she was in fact not afflicted

♥ After the trip back to the United States, Zahara was hospitalized for dehydration and malnutrition

♥ Although the media reported that Zahara’s biological mother Mentwabe Dawit wanted her back at one time, she actually denied this claim, stating: “I have never disputed the adoption of my baby by Angelina Jolie. I think my daughter is a very fortunate human being to be adopted by a world famous lady. I wish them both all the success they deserve.”

♥ She has enjoyed playdates with fellow A-list kiddos Kingston & Zuma Rossdale

♥ She likes horseback riding


“She was such a beautiful thing. As soon as I saw her I thought about adopting her. When I came back to the office the next day, she had already been taken. I have been thinking about her ever since, but I suppose I could have never offered her the life she will have now.” – Sosina Yeman (a worker at the social affairs office in Awasa) on baby Zahara.

“Both Angelina and Brad held her and looked lovely with her. They looked like a happy family, like any other couple that comes and visits. Brad looked very comfortable holing the baby, like a proud father. We are always sad when the children leave because they are our children and we love them but I know she will be going to a very good place.” – Sister Lete (Zahara’s caregiver in the orphanage) on Zahara’s new parents and her feelings once Zahara was gone.

“Those late nights are so fun when one of them’s up or those mornings when they get up and make pancakes or something. That’s what it’s about.” – Brad on those special moments that make the craziness worth every second.

“Zahara’s got an extraordinary voice and is just so elegant and well spoken.” Angelina on her first daughter.

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Photo credit: FameFlynet

  • Anonymous

    Pretty girl.

  • anonymous

    happy birthday to a beautiful girl

  • Ava

    It’s my birthday too! Happy birthday Zahara.

  • Katie

    Happy Birthday Sweetie

  • Happy Birthday Zahara. I remember reading about Brad and Angelina taking her home. What an an amazing job they have done with this once sickly baby. She is a pretty little girl.Brad will be chasing off all the boys with his daughters.

  • Anonymous

    It would be a kind and thoughtful thing to do if Brad and Angelina helped Zahara’s bio mom out a little. I hope they do that. Zahara is a lovely girl.

    • LaKesha

      So now adoptive parents have to support not only their child, but the child’s birth parents as well?

  • Marion

    Have a wonderful brithday. Hope it is full of happiness and joy.
    Wishing you a year of rainbows.

    Marion and family

  • Anonymous


  • haben bezabeh

    happy birthday zahara

  • Berta Dawit

    I want to tanks Angelina what she did is (adopting from different countries is very interesting) I impressing for her adopted child from Ethiopia who is Zahara.I knew her mother Mintiwab and her biological family,and also why she adopted. I was local administrator for that area,so that I was interviewed for many times by different bodies. I saw her photo and I am happy . I wish you good . .

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