In a recent and significant development, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, the daughter of renowned Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, has made a notable change in how she presents her identity. The 18-year-old attending Spelman College made headlines when she introduced herself without her father's last name at a significant event.
Zahara, who recently joined Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first historically Black sorority within the Greek system, chose to use "Zahara Marley Jolie" instead of "Zahara Jolie-Pitt" during a sorority ceremony. This change in name usage was captured in a video that quickly gained traction on social media platforms.
Addressing an audience, Zahara said, “My name is Zahara Marley Jolie. And [I] landed from the Golden State in the city full of angels: Los Angeles, California”. This self-introduction immediately sparked discussions and speculations among online communities.
Zahara's Name Change: Reactions
Social media users, particularly on X (formerly Twitter), were quick to observe and comment on this alteration in her name. One user remarked, “Oh Zahara said her last name is Jolie, not Jolie-Pitt,” highlighting the significance of this change.
Another added, “I wasn’t gonna say anything, but I peeped that Zahara left Pitt off her last name”. A third user emphasized the importance of respecting Zahara's personal choice, stating, “I need people to respect her as an individual who just said her name out loud ZAHARA.
MARLEY. JOLIE. Zero mention of the name PITT. Period”. The decision to use only her mother's surname comes amidst reports of strained relationships within the Jolie-Pitt family. Brad Pitt's relationship with his six children has reportedly been under strain since allegations of abuse involving his son Maddox and Angelina Jolie during a highly publicized plane incident in 2016.
Zahara's choice to identify with only part of her family heritage reflects a growing trend among young adults to assert their individuality and autonomy, particularly in complex family dynamics. As she steps into a new chapter of her life at college, this name choice might be seen as a symbolic gesture of carving her own identity, distinct from her parents' famed personas.