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Jolie calls new son strong in face of changes

Angelina Jolie has told People magazine her newly adopted Vietnamese son, Pax Thien, is a courageous boy who is “very strong” as he encounters a new country, family and language.
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Angelina Jolie has told People magazine her newly adopted Vietnamese son, Pax Thien, is a courageous boy who is “very strong” as he encounters a new country, family and language.

“You can imagine what courage it takes to be in all-new surroundings with new people and a new language,” Jolie said in an issue that hits newsstands April 2. “He is very strong.”

Jolie, 31, flew to Vietnam last week to adopt 3½-year-old Pax. On Wednesday she returned to the United States and her companion, actor Brad Pitt, with whom she is raising three other children.

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The Oscar-winning actress has a 5-year-old son, Maddox, and 2-year-old daughter, Zahara, both of whom were adopted. She gave birth last year to daughter Shiloh Nouvel, who was fathered by Pitt.

“It will take (Pax) a while to realize he has a family, and that his new life is permanent and that it won’t keep changing,” she said. “I will stay at home to help Pax adjust to his new life.”

As Jolie flew back to the United States, several reports surfaced that she was paid up to $2 million by People magazine for exclusive photos of her and the newly adopted boy. A magazine spokeswoman said the figure was false.

“We never comment on the specifics of any negotiations, but that number is completely inaccurate,” said People’s spokeswoman.

The award-winning actress and activist is one half of one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples.

Meanwhile Jolie, whose movie roles range from action hero Lara Croft in the “Tomb Raider” movies to a mental patient in “Girl, Interrupted” for which she won a supporting actress Oscar, told People she was content to stay at home and tend to her growing brood.

“I have four children now, and caring for them is the most important thing for me at the moment. I am very happy to be their mother,” she said.