From a Vietnamese orphan to Angelina Jolie’s family provider: The inspiring journey of Pax Thien

The life of Pax Thien, an orphan boy from Vietnam, completely changed when he was adopted by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in 2007. Formerly known as Pham Quang Sang, Pax was raised in the Tam Binh orphanage fostering center in HCMC. During a trip to Vietnam in 2006, Angelina noticed Pax and later adopted him, changing his name to Pax Thien Jolie with the meaning “peaceful sky.” The first photo of Pax in the US was sold exclusively to People for $2.7 million. Pax quickly integrated into his new family and began learning English to communicate. He is a recluse who does not like being chased by reporters and emotionally loves and protects children. When he was a child, Pax was praised for always walking behind and quietly paying attention to family members whenever he went out.

Angelina Jolie spent a significant amount of time caring for and integrating Pax Thien into their new life in the US. In an interview with Vogue, she admitted that she didn’t initially intend to adopt Pax Thien because he was Cambodian, but after many years, she is grateful to have him as a son. Pax Thien used to live a closed life due to the paparazzi, but he has since changed and become the main pillar of the family. He serves as a solid support for his mother and younger sisters. Despite his introverted and reserved personality, he has completely transformed since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce and has become even closer to his mother. At his brother Maddox’s graduation in 2021, Pax Thien did not attend the ceremony because he did not want to be noticed.

Pax Thien has been an important member of the Jolie-Pitt family since Angelina Jolie’s divorce from her ex-husband. Brad Pitt was away from home, and their son Maddox was attending school far away, leaving Pax Thien as the only male in the family. However, the young boy has proven to be increasingly mature and strong with each appearance. According to People, Pax Thien has a great passion for photography and filming. He even accompanied his mother to Cambodia during the filming of “First They Killed My Father.” Last June, the Jolie-Pitt family also came to support their mother during the filming of “Without Blood” in Rome, Italy.

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