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Angelina Jolie Gave up Rebellious Ways to Be ‘Homebound’ with Brad Pitt & 6 Kids Who Accepted Her ‘Flaws’

Stephen Thompson
Jun 16, 2022
01:30 P.M.
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Angelina Jolie had a rebellious phase in the 90s that saw her go to extremes, like hiring a killer to murder herself, but when she became a mother for the first time, her life changed completely. It changed a second time when she met Brad Pitt, and together they created a family that left her grounded for life.


Angelina Jolie is most famous for her movie roles and philanthropic works, but not many know that the movie mogul has a rebellious past that can be traced back to the 90s. Back then, she was a rebel and was radically different from the person her fans now know.

She arrived on the acting scene in the 90s, single-handedly carved out her niche, and controlled the narrative. People called her the wildest of the wild because she was not shy about divulging thoughts and experiences so outlandish that one had to wonder if there was really any truth to them.

Angelina Jolie during 1997 Cable ACE Awards in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


At 22, she had a history of eating disorders, once checked herself into a psych ward where she spent three days, and even once went as far as hiring a contract killer to take her own life before changing her mind.

Speaking about that time in her life, the talented actress once explained that in her rebel days, she had not been able to find herself and had felt everything was too easy, so she would do things like jumping out of planes in a bid to find something more profound. She eventually did, but it was nothing like she expected.


Angelina Jolie and Peta Wilson during 1997 Cable ACE Awards in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


During her rebellious days, Jolie did it all, so it does not come as a surprise that she also experimented with a member of the opposite sex, which is when she discovered that she was also bisexual. The relationship began in 1996 when she found herself craving another woman's touch and having feelings for her.

Jolie hired a private eye, and when it was confirmed that he was, she decided to end things between them.

The woman's name was Jenny Shimizu, a Japanese-American model-turned-actress, and they met when they played lovers in the movie "Foxfire." Her own desire surprised her because it had not been something she had actively sought.


Actress Angelina Jolie speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol February 9, 2022 in Washington, DC | Source: Getty Images

Jenny claimed their relationship in the past and once revealed that they used to visit strip clubs where sexual tension would build up between them. Two weeks into the filming of "Foxfire," they kissed and gradually got closer.


Their relationship gradually grew and would have gone much farther if the "Maleficent" actress had not found love and excitement in Jonny Lee Miller, whom she fell for a while they worked together on the set of "Hackers."

Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie during ''Peace One Day'' New York City Screening - Inside Arrivals and Green Room at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York | Source: Getty Images


She got married to Miller in a small ceremony which was attended only by her mom and Miller's best friend, and in classic Jolie fashion, she went extra in her dressing. While Miller wore black leather, Jolie wore black rubber pants and a white shirt with his name written in blood across the back.

Shortly after the wedding, she realized that people now referred to her as somebody's wife and felt like she had lost herself, so she started thinking: "I need to get myself back."


Actress Angelina Jolie and her children Zahara, Pax, and Shiloh are seen walking in the French Quarter on October 6, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana | Source: Getty Images


While filming "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" in Cambodia, Jolie realized how much she had to learn about the world, and it pushed her to make a life-changing decision that saw her adopt a child. According to her, adopting the boy, whom she named Maddox, ended her self-destructive days.

She was right; her commitment to the child turned her from the savage, fun-seeking person she knew to the courageous mother of a child who loved her. Then, in 2004, she starred in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," and she met Brad Pitt, the man who left her with no doubt of her heterosexuality.

Actress Angelina Jolie hugs Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (L) and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (R) after winning award for Favorite Villain in 'Maleficent' during Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California | Source: Getty Images


Pitt fell in love with her and was perfectly fine with her racy past. She adopted two more kids named Pax and Zahara; then, in 2006, they welcomed their first biological child, Shiloh.

The pair expanded their family again in 2008 with the birth of their twins, Vivienne and Knox. Between that and the trust he put in her despite her spotty past, the actress fully invested herself in creating relationships in the adult context.


Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Nouvelle sighted boating at Lake Michigan on August 18, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois | Source: Getty Images


With six beautiful kids, Jolie had her hands full, and she became a "housewife mom" with her Pitt. Speaking about it in the past, she stated that she and Pitt made things work because they enjoyed being together and never really spent time apart, even amidst their demanding jobs. She said:

“We’re very homebound. We’re very much Mommy and Daddy in our pajamas.”

Angelina Jolie with daughters Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt at Rome Film Fest 2021 on Eternals Red Carpet on October 24th, 2021 | Source: Getty Images


Her kids accepted her oddities and their family made her so happy that it left her without any doubt — she had finally found herself. She said:

“He loves me. The kids love me. They know all my flaws and all my oddities. And they accept them. And so I can feel complete.”

The couple dated for almost a decade before tying the knot in 2014. Unlike her first wedding ceremony, this one was more family-oriented, with their kids playing essential roles in the private event.

Maddox, Vivienne, Angelina Jolie, Knox, Shiloh,, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Eternals" on October 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


Jolie made that walk down the aisle with her older sons; Zahara and Vivienne threw petals; Shiloh and Knoxx played the role of ring bearers. The ceremony went down at Chateau Miraval to celebrate how far they had gone as a family, a couple, and also individually in ten years.

Marriage changed her even more, and countless times, she expressed her desire to improve herself so she could be a better wife and mom even though Pitt and the kids loved her perfectly the way she was.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Knox Jolie-Pitt attend the "The Eternals" UK Premiere at BFI IMAX Waterloo on October 27, 2021 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images


It was a beautiful sentiment, but even though the relationship was near perfect, it could not go the distance. Jolie filed for divorce just two years into the wedding, citing irreconcilable differences, and requested physical custody of all six kids while asking that Pitt be granted visitation rights.

In a statement that came after, Pitt revealed how sad he was about her decision and stated that all that matters was the well-being of their children, so he begged the press to allow them the privacy he was sure they would need.


Apparently, they had been having a lot of fights preceding the divorce, and then Pitt had started messing around with costar Marion Cotillard whom he had been working with on the set of "Allied."

Jolie hired a private eye, and when it was confirmed that he was, she decided to end things between them. A source denied that, but only the pair will ever really know what happened to Brangelina.