The alleged biological mother of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s oldest daughter, Zahara, is speaking out about her desire to connect with the 12-year-old.
Talking through an interpreter, Mentewab Dawit Lebiso, who lives in Ethiopia, told the Daily Mail that she’d love to reach out to the pre-teen. “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,” Mentewab revealed.
Zahara with Angelina and sister Shiloh in 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
She added, “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.”
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Zahara was just six-months-old when Angelina adopted her as a single mother in 2005. Brad requested to legally adopt a year later.
Mentewab explained she was 19-years-old when she was brutally raped, conceiving the girl, whom she named Yemasrech. "My baby was sick, and I was very weak and sick after birth. I agreed that she should be put up for adoption but if I had my chance again I would have kept her,” she admitted. However, in a 2007 interview with The Mail on Sunday, the 31-year-old claimed she had run away, leaving Zahara with her grandmother, who eventually put the baby up for adoption.
Zahara with Brad in 2005. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Mentewab said she’s hopeful that Angelina will be open to a reunion. “I would ask Angelina to let me speak with [Zahara]. I do not think it is too much to ask.”
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Adopted in 2002 at seven-months-old.