Late last year, several media outlets reported that 9-year-old Shiloh Jolie-Pitt self-identifies as a boy, and that her family is researching transition options.
Most celebrities had the sense not to comment on a grade schooler’s gender identity, but model Amber Rose called Shiloh a "trans-kid" in a tweet that was quickly deleted – but not before it attracted dozens of hateful comments.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly been worried about Shiloh being bullied for several years, and now that her preference for gender-neutral clothing has attracted unwanted attention, the couple is said to be more concerned than ever.
“Brad and Angie have been doing everything possible to protect her from being bullied by her peers and outsiders,” a source close to the family tells Radar.
“They have also been gently setting the tone for how their five other children interact with Shiloh.
“After seeking out professional advice on how to help Shiloh, Brad and Angelina were told to let her dress however she wanted.
“Angelina is very accepting of Shiloh’s choices, and Brad is as well. However, Brad wondered if Shiloh was just a tomboy and would outgrow it.
“Brad was told Shiloh would have gravitated towards dressing as a boy, and being called John, even if her siblings were all girls,” the source previously claimed.
“It’s just the way Shiloh is, and there is nothing that they did wrong as parents.”
The Jolie-Pitts are fiercely protective of their privacy, so it may be years before we receive any confirmation regarding Shiloh’s gender identity, but it’s good to know that whatever she decides, she’ll have the full, loving support of her parents.