Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, in their first public appearance since daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born May 27 in Namibia, said on Wednesday that they have no immediate plans to wed.
“There is nothing in the air. The focus is the kids, and we are obviously extremely committed to the children and as parents together,” Jolie said at a news conference for local journalists at a hotel in the coastal town of Swakopmund. “So that kind of says it for us, and to have a ceremony on top of it is nothing.”
Pitt kicked off the press conference by thanking the Namibian government for giving Shiloh a Namibian passport. “We are grateful to receive it,” he said, adding that he was sure “Shiloh will also be grateful one day.”
Jolie said that she and Pitt had wanted to find a place where they could spend some special time with their kids, Maddox, 4, and Zahara, 1. “We both had traveled to Africa and loved this part of the world.”
The couple said they’d come to Namibia specifically for the birth of their child. “People were shocked that we chose to come here, and they thought we were putting our child’s life in danger,” said Jolie. “But we did our homework about Namibia. We want to tell the world how magnificent this country and the people are.”
Added Pitt, “We had top-notch medical care. We could not have received better medical care even in America.”
The couple, who celebrated Shiloh’s birth by donating $315,000 to state hospitals and a local school and community center, said they planned to give even more, and are working with Namibia’s first lady, Penexupifo Pohamba, to decide whom future donations will benefit. Candidates include widows and San tribesmen (once called Bushmen).
Maddox, they said, had befriended some San children when the family traveled to Namibia’s eastern border. He was very fond of his new friends, they said, even though they couldn’t understand each other.
“Your country is so diverse and so special,” said Pitt. “Namibia is Africa’s best kept secret – that is, until we came here!”
Pitt said the family planned to leave in a few days so that he could begin filming Ocean’s Thirteen.
But Jolie promised that Namibia hadn’t seen the last of them. “Thank you so much for this time we could spend in your country, and sorry for the chaos,” she said. “We really enjoyed it, and we will be back. We are so proud that our daughter was born here.”