To the surprise of many fans, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, the eldest of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s three biological children, was photographed walking with the help of forearm crutches on several outings in Los Angeles, California in early 2020 -list mother was over the For years open about her own health struggles — including a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 and an oophorectomy in 2017, as well as a brief encounter with Bell’s palsy in 2016 — it was less expected that Shiloh would be someone to have a helping hand in used by the public. However, the reason Shiloh used crutches wasn’t as mysterious as it might first appear.
Despite the photos circulating, it wasn’t the paparazzi who broke the news of Shiloh’s health. Angelina revealed in an essay she wrote to mark International Women’s Day in 2020 that both Shiloh and her older sister Zahara underwent surgical procedures earlier in the year. The Girl, Interrupted star also explained that her daughters gave her the blessing to share their experiences with the public in the essay.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has had hip surgery
In a TIME 2020 essay marking International Women’s Day, Angelina Jolie began by writing, “I’ve spent the last two months with my eldest daughter in and out of surgeries and days ago watched her younger sister go under the knife for hip replacement surgery. Though this statement could have been true of Angelina’s youngest daughter Vivienne, her words later clarified that probably wasn’t the case, as the actor mentioned, “My youngest daughter was studying nursing with her sister and will be assisting next time.” Additionally, paparazzi photos taken shortly after showed Shiloh walking alongside her mother using crutches (as seen above).
While Angelina didn’t name Shiloh in her essay as the daughter who underwent hip replacement surgery, this served as visual confirmation that it was Shiloh who underwent the surgery and not Vivienne. At the time the paparazzi photos were taken, Shiloh was wearing shorts and although her hips were covered, she had no visible bandages or a cast. Based on this, the procedure might not have required a grueling recovery process, or she might have recovered significantly by the time the photograph was taken.
No support was lost to Shiloh during her recovery either. Despite her parents’ turbulent relationship, Page Six reported that dad Brad Pitt missed the BAFTAs that year due to a “family commitment.” A source told the outlet that “the kids come first” for the Fight Club star.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s dance shows she’s recovering well
Though she’s had at least one hip surgery that the public is aware of, it’s difficult to tell from Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s dance videos. The star kid has amazed viewers with her hip-hop and jazz-funk routines to songs like Doja Cat’s “Vegas,” which was filmed by choreographer and dance teacher Hamilton Evans and posted to his verified YouTube channel, where Jolie-Pitt as a dancer is credited as “Shilo Pitt” in the description of Evans’ video. (It’s unclear if this misspelling is accidental or a deliberate attempt to provide Jolie-Pitt with more privacy online.) The “Vegas” video’s description credits the filming location as Millennium Dance Complex, a dance studio in Los Angeles, California. where Evans teaches.
Other videos of Jolie-Pitt, such as an Instagram video posted by Millennium Dance Complex instructor Cristian Faxola of Justin Timberlake and SZA’s “The Other Side,” have gone viral, particularly on TikTok. While Jolie-Pitt’s parents tend not to discuss their children’s personal lives much with the media, it’s clear from her dance teacher’s uploads that she’s talented in multiple dance styles — whether it’s just a hobby for her or something she does plans to continue professionally. Anyway, we’re cheering them on!
Recovery hasn’t been easy for a member of the Jolie-Pitt family
While it seems things went smoothly for Shiloh Jolie-Pitt as she recovered from her hip surgery, the same was not the case for her sister. Zahara Jolie-Pitt, who is black, experienced racial discrimination from a nurse at least once during her postoperative recovery, Angelina Jolie revealed in an interview about prejudice in the medical field with student Malone Mukwende in an article for TIME.
Recounting the incident in the interview, Angelina said: “Recently my daughter Zahara, whom I adopted from Ethiopia, had an operation and afterwards a nurse told me to call her if her skin ‘turns pink’.” she realized that in this case, Zahara’s skin would not have turned pink due to her darker skin tone, while the nurse treating her based her guidance on what a lighter-skinned patient would have looked like.
Not much more was said about the recovery, though Zahara’s surgery wasn’t her first documented public health illness. It was previously reported that Zahara was hospitalized at the time of her adoption for treatment for a salmonella infection after fighting off an initial malnutrition (via People).