One week after arriving in Vietnam, Angelina heads home with three-year-old son Pax Thien Jolie, along with brother Maddox, 5 and Zahara, 2. They took off in a private Gulfstream jet from Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport early Wednesday.
Most of the photos have been seen on the internet already, but Pax will make his debut in People magazine, on Friday (on the cover) with Jolie and siblings Maddox and Zahara. Shiloh, was in Los Angeles with dad Brad Pitt.
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Jolie told the PEOPLE magazine it may take longer before the transition to family-unit is complete:
“You can imagine what courage it takes to be in all new surroundings, with new people and a new language. He is very strong.”
Jolie first filed for adoption last summer through the U.S.-based agency Adoptions from the Heart. The 31-year-old filed as a single mother in accordance with the Vietnamese government’s policy prohibiting unmarried couples from adopting, but it’s expected, as he did with Maddox and Zahara, that Pitt will seek to amend his formal parental status when Pax returns to the U.S.
Which should be any hour now.
Jolie was prohibited from taking Pax out of the country until the embassy issued him a visa and U.S. passport. She managed to pick up both on Tuesday, clearing the way for the trio’s homeward-bound status early this morning.
Jolie and Pitt first visited Vietnam during the Thanksgiving holiday, when they paid a surprise visit to the Tam Binh orphanage and selected young Pham Quang Sang, whom they rechristened Pax Thien, Latin and Vietnamese for “Peaceful Sky,” as their fourth child.
While the Jolie-Pitt brood has set up camp in New Orleans, it’s expected that Pax’s first stop in the U.S. will be Los Angeles, where Pitt has been shooting his latest film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and caring for 10-month-old daughter Shiloh.