Angelina Jolie’s Adopted Son, Pax Thien: A Journey of Transformation

Angelina Jolie’s Vietnamese-born adopted son, Pax Thien, has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past 17 years, from his early days of abandonment to his current life in the spotlight alongside his celebrity family.

Originally named Pham Quang Sang, Pax Thien was abandoned at birth in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City in 2003. However, his fate turned when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were drawn to him at an orphanage during a visit to Vietnam in 2006.

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Despite initial shyness and reservations, Pax Thien was adopted by Jolie in January 2007, marking the beginning of a new chapter in his life.


Initially reserved and introverted, Pax Thien struggled with the pressures of media attention and paparazzi intrusion.

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Yet, with the love and support of his adoptive family, he gradually blossomed into a confident and resilient individual. Even after Jolie and Pitt’s divorce, Pax Thien remained a strength for his mother and siblings.

In June 2021, Pax Thien graduated from a prestigious private high school in Los Angeles with plans to further his education abroad, following in the footsteps of his brother Maddox. His chosen destination is Yonsei University in Korea, renowned for its academic excellence.


As the son of Hollywood royalty, Pax Thien has enjoyed a life of privilege, with lavish birthday celebrations and extravagant vacations. However, his interests extend beyond luxury, as he has developed a passion for photography and filmmaking, often accompanying his mother on film sets.

In January 2023, it was reported that Pax Thien had embarked on an artistic journey of his own, exploring the world of mixed media art and digital creations. Contrary to speculation, he asserts his independence from his parents’ fame, carving out his own identity in the art world.

Despite his outward success, Pax Thien has faced his share of challenges, including navigating his parents’ high-profile divorce and coping with public scrutiny.


In March 2023, he was spotted attending a psychological treatment center with his father, sparking rumors about his mental well-being and inheritance concerns.

While some speculate about Pax Thien’s struggles, others maintain that he is simply seeking support and connection in the face of intense public scrutiny.

Regardless of the rumors, Pax Thien continues to evolve and thrive, guided by the love and resilience instilled in him by his remarkable journey.


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