"I have four children and caring for them is the most important thing for me," says Jolie
Angelina Jolie has apologized for exposing her new son, Pax Thien Jolie, to the media frenzy that greeted them in Vietnam – and has vowed to focus on her growing family and be a stay-at-home mom, according to a Vietnamese newspaper.
“I will stay at home to help Pax adjust to his new life,” Jolie told Friday’s Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper, according to a translation on the Associated Press. “I have four children and caring for them is the most important thing for me at the moment. I am very proud and happy to be their mother.”
Jolie and her new son went through an emotional introduction at Thursday’s formal welcoming ceremony, during which the 3-year-old Vietnamese boy started crying when his new mom knelt down to talk to him.
As for all the attention brought to her new son, Jolie tells the newspaper: “Photographs and press coverage will make him upset. I’m very worried about that. I would like to say I’m sorry for bringing this into Pax’s life.”
Since arriving in Vietnam on Wednesday, Jolie, 31, and her son, Maddox, 5, have been followed by a horde of photographers and reporters.
But in answering those who have questioned the adoption, Jolie says, “Everyone would agree that children need to have a family. I have the ability to help children fulfill that desire. Why should I say no?”
On Friday Adoptions From The Heart, the U.S.-based agency that helped Jolie with this adoption, released a statement saying that the actress had not received any special treatment.
“Throughout Ms. Jolie’s adoption process, she received no preferential treatment from the Vietnamese government or Adoptions From The Heart, and, contrary to earlier reports, her application was not fast-tracked,” said the program’s adoption coordinator, Heidi Gonzalez.
Added Gonzalez: “As we do with all of our clients, Adoptions From The Heart celebrates the miracle of adoption, and wishes the Jolie-Pitt family much joy.
Pax, whose given name before he was adopted was Pham Quang, is the fourth child for the actress and her partner, Brad Pitt. Their brood includes Maddox, who was adopted from Cambodia, Zahara, 2, who was adopted from Ethiopia, and 10-month-old Shiloh, who was born to the couple last year.