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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Adoption Rumors Shut Down by Cambodian Government

by Antoinette Bueno 6:45 AM PST, January 13, 2016
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Angelina Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt's 8-member brood is staying as it is for the moment.

Despite reports that the A-list couple is secretly adopting a seventh child from Cambodia, the Cambodian government recently denied the news in an interview with newspaper The Phnom Penh Post.

"I saw [the news] on Facebook, but actually it's just a rumor," Sao Samphois, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Social Affairs' Inter-Country Adoption Administration (ICAA), said.

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According to reports, Jolie had made plants to adopt a little boy from Cambodia named Allouy Shoun, one of 13 children born to a poor family living in Siem Reap. Jolie, 40, has been in the country directing an adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Luong Ung's book, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which is about surviving the deadly Khmer regime. The Khmer Rouge assumed power over Cambodia in 1975, and began a four-year reign in which nearly two million Cambodians died.

But Samphois said that Jolie had no contact with the ICAA during her trip to Cambodia last month, and that even if Jolie and Pitt were looking to adopt, it isn't legally possible. America suspended adoptions from Cambodia in 2001 over trafficking concerns.

"The adoption between the two countries is not yet open," Samphois said.

Jolie has, of course, adopted from Cambodia before. In 2002, the actress adopted her eldest son, the now 14-year-old Maddox, from an orphanage in western Cambodia after working in the country on the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Although the adoption process was initially halted by the U.S. government, it was eventually deemed lawful.

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ET caught up with Jolie earlier this month, when she shared that despite some of her children providing animal noises for some of the pandas in her new animated film, Kung Fu Panda 3, they aren't interested in show business.

"They were kind of shy," Jolie revealed. "They don't really want to be actors, but I didn't want them to miss the opportunity. They came in, and they had a lot of fun with it."

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