Jolie leaves Hanoi with adopted Vietnamese son
March 23, 2007
Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:53 PM IST
HANOI (Reuters) – American movie star Angelina Jolie left Hanoi on Wednesday with her newly-adopted Vietnamese son after a week of avoiding the lenses of photographers and TV crews.
Reuters photographers saw a private jet leave Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport carrying the Hollywood star, children and assistants. Earlier, the group checked out of the historic French-colonial era Metropole Hotel.
Jolie, 31, finalised the adoption of a Vietnamese orphan on Tuesday at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, according to the U.S.-based adoption agency that helped her.
The Oscar-winning actress arrived in southern Ho Chi Minh City a week ago, staying largely out of public view in hotels.
The boy’s birth name is Pham Quang Sang but Jolie renamed him Pax Thien Jolie, a name that combines the Latin word for peace and the Vietnamese word for sky or heaven.
He is her fourth child she is raising with her partner, Hollywood star Brad Pitt.
The 3-1/2 year old had lived in a Ho Chi Minh City orphanage since being abandoned at birth until last Thursday when Jolie completed adoption procedures with Vietnamese authorities there.
She travelled to Hanoi on Monday for the obligatory U.S. embassy appointment and collection of a visa so the child could travel to the United States, the adoption agency said.
Jolie travelled to Vietnam with her 5-year-old son Maddox, who was adopted from Cambodia, and 2-year-old daughter Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia. She gave birth last year in Namibia to her first biological child, a daughter fathered by Pitt named Shiloh.