Vivienne Jolie’s Name Change Sparks Speculation Amidst Family Drama

In a recent revelation,

Angelina Jolie; Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter Vivienne; Brad Pitt. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JAMES DEVANEY/GC IMAGES; DAVE BENETT/WIREIMAGE; MAX CISOTTI/DAVE BENETT/WIREIMAGE)
Angelina Jolie; Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter Vivienne; Brad Pitt. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JAMES DEVANEY/GC IMAGES; DAVE BENETT/WIREIMAGE; MAX CISOTTI/DAVE BENETT/WIREIMAGE)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, appears to have dropped the “Pitt” from her last name, opting instead for “Vivienne Jolie.”

This was highlighted in the Playbill for the new musical adaptation of “The Outsiders,” in which the 15-year-old is listed as a producer assistant, credited as “Vivienne Jolie.”

This subtle yet significant change has sparked widespread curiosity and speculation about the reasons behind the adjustment.

Vivienne is one of six children shared by the famous ex-couple, including Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and her twin brother, Knox.

This decision by Vivienne mirrors a similar move by her older sister Zahara, who introduced herself as “Zahara Marley Jolie” when she joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at Spelman College last November.

While neither Jolie nor Pitt’s representatives have provided any comments on whether these name changes have been legally formalized, the pattern suggests a possible distancing from their father, Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie with kids Knox, Vivienne, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara and Maddox in 2019. (PHOTO: PEOPLE, MONICA SCHIPPER/GETTY)
Angelina Jolie with kids Knox, Vivienne, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara and Maddox in 2019. (PHOTO: PEOPLE, MONICA SCHIPPER/GETTY)

The Jolie-Pitt family has been under intense public scrutiny since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce and sought sole physical custody of their children in 2016.

The high-profile split has been marked by ongoing legal battles and reported strains in Pitt’s relationship with his children. A source close to Pitt revealed in August 2022 that the actor has been striving to maintain a connection with his kids amidst the difficult circumstances.

Since Angelina filed for divorce, Brad has been focused on having the best relationship possible with his kids,” the insider shared. However, they noted that it has been challenging, with “long gaps” where Pitt didn’t see his children at all.

The situation has been further complicated by allegations and court battles. Recently, a security guard who continues to work for Pitt claimed in court documents that Jolie allegedly encouraged their children to avoid their father during visits.

This claim comes amidst the ongoing dispute over their French winery, Château Miraval. These allegations add to the tension following Jolie’s previous accusations that Pitt was abusive towards her, which allegedly contributed to her filing for divorce.

Vivienne’s involvement in “The Outsiders” musical is a notable step in her personal and professional journey. Angelina Jolie announced her role as a producer for the Broadway adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film in August 2023.

Angelina Jolie with daughter Vivienne at the opening night of 'The Outsiders' in April. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, BRUCE GLIKAS/GETTY)
Angelina Jolie with daughter Vivienne at the opening night of ‘The Outsiders’ in April. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, BRUCE GLIKAS/GETTY)

The musical had its opening night in April 2024, where Jolie expressed pride in her daughter’s contributions. “Viv is a young artist who focuses her efforts on her support of others,” Jolie remarked. “She has been there to assist in any way she can and has learned so much from the whole creative team.”

Jolie’s statement highlights the close bond she shares with Vivienne and the mentorship role she plays in her daughter’s life. It also underscores Vivienne’s growing independence and her keen interest in the arts.

The change in her name in the Playbill could be seen as a step towards establishing her own identity within the public sphere, separate from the legacy of her famous parents.

The ongoing family dynamics between Jolie, Pitt, and their children continue to capture public attention. Brad Pitt’s desire to rebuild his relationship with his children remains evident.

Despite the challenges, the actor holds onto the hope that he will eventually reconcile with them. “He believes there will be a time when he has a great relationship with his kids again,” a source close to Pitt said.

Vivienne’s recent name change and active role in the Broadway production symbolize more than a mere rebranding; it represents the complexities of growing up in a high-profile family, navigating personal identity, and finding one’s own path amidst parental conflicts.

As Vivienne Jolie steps into the limelight, her journey will undoubtedly continue to be a topic of interest and discussion, reflecting broader themes of family, identity, and the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny.

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