ANGELINA's SECRET FAMILY

Published on: December 7, 2009
ANGELINA's SECRET FAMILY

Angelina Jolie has a secret family that she's kept hidden for six years!

While her recent visit to an orphanage in the Middle East with Brad Pitt sparked speculation the couple planned to adopt another child, The ENQUIRER can reveal the Tomb Raider star has had a family in the region since 2003.

The 34-year-old actress has been paying to support seven orphans - three girls and four boys - at the SOS Children's Village in Amman, Jordan.

"Angelina considers the orphans as her own family. She stays in touch with them and really cares about how they are doing," said an insider. "That's why she was so excited about taking Brad to see them. They both feel this is a way they can help so many more children."

The children Angelina has taken under her wing live together in one house with a surrogate mother. Her contributions help pay for the children's food, clothing, education and other expenses.

"On her visit, Angelina just wanted to play with the kids and have fun," orphanage employee Aysha Shahin told a reporter.

"She spent time with the family and spoke with the mother, Fatima. Some of the teenagers had come back from university to see her and she was giving them advice about life and school.

"It was Brad's first visit to the SOS Village and he was amazed by everything."

The star couple already has six children - adopted sons Maddox, 8, from Cambodia, and Pax, 6, from Vietnam, adopted daughter Zahara, 4, from Ethiopia, and their own biological kids Shiloh, 3, and 16-month-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Angelina has said in the past that she hopes to adopt more kids with Brad, 45, although officials confirmed the SOS Village does not offer children for adoption. Angelina was first introduced to the facility by Jordan's Queen Noor Al Hussein, who is an ambassador for the charity.

"Angelina will definitely support us by visiting again, by marketing us to other people and sponsoring a house which will pay the children's expenses," said Aysha.

"She IS a sweetheart, and one of our greatest supporters."