In a recent induction ceremony at Spelman College, Zahara Jolie-Pitt made a bold statement by not using her dad Brad Pitt’s last name. The 18-year-old, who is a sophomore at the Atlanta-based university, introduced herself as Zahara Marley Jolie, mentioning her mom Angelina Jolie’s last name but omitting her dad’s.
Zahara’s induction into Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first historically Black sorority, was captured in a video shared by Essence. As she walked out in front of her new sorority sisters, Zahara confidently stated, “My name is Zahara Marley Jolie. And [I] landed all the way from the Golden State in the city full of angels: Los Angeles, California.”
The video quickly gained attention, with several celebrities including Rosario Dawson, Kandi Burrus, and Cynthia Bailey showing their support by liking it on Instagram. Zahara’s decision to drop her dad’s last name is a personal choice that reflects her individuality and independence as she embarks on her college journey.
Angelina Jolie, Zahara’s mother, had announced earlier in August 2022 that Zahara would be attending Spelman College. In a heartfelt video shared by the Vice-President of Student Affairs, Angelina could be seen getting emotional while dropping off her daughter at college. Despite her emotions, she expressed her pride in Zahara’s accomplishments and her excitement for the next chapter in her life.
Brad Pitt, on the other hand, had nothing but praise for Zahara before she went off to college. During an interview at one of his Bullet Train premieres, the proud father described Zahara as smart and predicted that she would flourish even more at college. He expressed his pride and support for her as she finds her own path and pursues her interests.
Zahara is the eldest daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who have been embroiled in a contentious divorce and custody battle since their split in 2016. The former couple’s relationship has been marred by allegations and legal battles, including Angelina accusing Brad of abuse during a plane ride in September 2016. Brad has consistently denied these allegations.
Despite the challenges their parents have faced, Zahara and her siblings have remained resilient. The family’s focus has always been on their well-being and providing them with the support they need to thrive. The recent milestone of Zahara joining a sorority and asserting her own identity is a testament to her strength and determination.
As Zahara begins this new chapter in her life, her decision to drop her dad’s last name serves as a reminder that she is her own person, separate from the public image associated with her famous parents. It’s a statement of independence and a declaration of her own path. Zahara Jolie-Pitt is carving out her own legacy, and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next.