Jolie and her 5-year-old son arrived at the Tam Binh orphanage outside Ho Chi Minh City, where the actress’ new son has spent the last three years, earlier today after flying into Vietnam late on Wednesday.
Mother and Maddox were greeted by approximately 20 children dressed in traditional Vietnamese tunics and offering flowers as they embarked on the final stages of the adoption procedure.
Orphanage director Nguyen Van Trung insists Jolie has made a wise choice in the 3-and-a-half-year-old boy, whose name has been changed from Pham Quang Sang to Pax Thien by the actress.
Van Trung says, “He’s the smartest and cleverest among the kids.”
But the adoption almost hit a late hiccup, according to the orphanage boss: “I was a bit worried in the morning. When Sang saw Jolie and two of her big bodyguards, he moved back and cried. Jolie kneeled down and gradually went closer to him. It took about 20 minutes for her to reach him.”
Van Trung added that “after Jolie made acquaintance with him, he cheered up and trusted her right away.”
Maddox also attempted to soothe his new brother by holding his hand.
The orphanage director adds, “He was very friendly to Sang.”
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