The biological mother of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s adopted daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt has resurfaced and is asking to speak with the 12-year-old, who was adopted by the actress as a baby.
Mentewab Dawit Lebiso, 31, who lives in Ethiopia, talked to the Daily Mail Online through an interpreter that she never stopped thinking about her daughter after more than a decade.
41 year old Angelina Jolie adopted Zahara at six months old as a single mother in 2005, and her then-partner Pitt, 53, requested to legally adopt the girl a year later.
Zahara's biological mother begged:
“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.
“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.
I would ask Angelina to let me speak with [Zahara]. I do not think it is too much to ask.”
"I would like Zahara to know she has a mother who loves her as much as Angelina. Before I die I would like her to know about me and that she has family here in Ethiopia.”
The Ethiopian native hasn’t had any contact with Zahara since she gave her up for adoption.
It seems that the A-list couple were unaware at first that Lebiso was alive because they were told Zahara was orphaned when they adopted her.
In a 2006 interview, Jolie told CNN of Zahara, “She’s from Ethiopia, she’s an AIDS orphan.”
Seems they discovered Zahara’s birth mother was alive when she gave her first interview in 2007.