Talk about an awkward situation.
As you may recall, Angie initially adopted the Ethiopian-born child as a single parent in July 2005 and, at the time, it was believed that Zahara’s birth mother, named Mentewab Dawit Lebiso, had died. By 2006, the Fight Club actor had also legally adopted the little girl.
However, in 2007, Mentewab came forward and revealed she wasn’t dead. Sadly, it was too late for her to regain custody of her child as the adoption was “legal and irrevocable.” Nonetheless, as Brangelina’s messy divorce and custody battle have made headlines across the globe, Mentewab is eager to reconnect with Zahara.
During a candid chat with DailyMail, the famous 12-year-old’s biological parent begged:
“Please just let me talk to my daughter…I just want her to know that I am alive and here and long to be able to speak with her. I do not want my daughter back but just to be in contact with her and be able to call her up and talk with her.”
As if Angie’s life wasn’t already complicated enough. And while Dawit Lebiso respects the bond Jolie has with the pre-teen, she clearly regrets letting her daughter be adopted:
“Angelina has been more of a mother to her than I have ever been. She has been with her since she was a baby, but that does not mean I do not miss her… I miss her all the time. I think about her every day and long to hear her voice or see her face.I know when she has a birthday but I am sad because I can’t celebrate it with her. I would so much want to celebrate with her on her birthday and other special days. I long to be able to have regular contact with her.”
Hmmm, the Maleficent actress already doesn’t want to share custody with her former flame — so we doubt she’s gonna want to deal with this.
Mentewab added to her plea:
“I know her life is with Angelina is in another country and she speaks another language than me. She has a life that I could never give her, but I would still like to have some contact. I would like to see her face. She has grown into a beautiful woman and I am so proud of her. My heart bursts because I am so proud.
We all die sometime and before I die I would like her to know about me and that she has family here in Ethiopia. I would ask Angelina to let me speak with her. I do not think it is too much to ask.”
Now, we certainly sympathize with Zahara’s birth mom, but who knows if the kiddo even wants a relationship her? We’re sure Angelina is going to do everything in her power to keep her youngin from being put in an uncomfortable situation.
Although, the mother-of-six might be willing to set something up between her daughter and Dawit Lebiso as the impoverished woman has said she wants the 41-year-old to take custody of the kids amid her split from Pitt.
It’ll be inneresting to see if Angelina’s people respond to Mentewab’s public plea.
[Image via WENN.]