Brad Pitt feels “proud” that his daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 17, is headed to Spelman College.
“I’m so proud of her. She’s so smart. She’s going to flourish even more at college,” Pitt said in an interview with Vanity Fair at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie “Bullet Train” on Monday.
“It’s an exciting and beautiful time to find her own way and pursue her interests,” he added.
Spelman College, founded in 1881, is a private historically Black institution in Atlanta, Georgia that bills itself as “a global leader in the education of women of African descent.” Morehouse College, which is located adjacent to the school, is considered Spelman’s brother institution. Together, the schools are often referred to by the nickname “Spelhouse” in the HBCU community.
Pitt reflected on how he felt about one of his daughters growing up on the red carpet. “Where does the time go, right? They grow up too fast. It brings a tear to the eye,” he told Vanity Fair.
Pitt isn’t the only parent celebrating Zahara’s big news. Jolie-Pitt’s mom Angelina Jolie recently announced that her daughter was attending the school by posting a picture of Zahara with her “Spelman sisters” on her Instagram page.
Jolie celebrated her daughter’s acceptance to Spelman with some Spelman College and Morehouse College alumni in the Los Angeles area. A clip of the actress learning to do the Electric Slide at the Spelhouse celebration was posted on the TikTok page of the HBCU community Watch The Yard.
@watchtheyard Morehouse and Spelman alumni showing Angelina Jolie and her daughter how to hit the electric slide at their event in Los Angeles. @morehousela @naasclosangeles @angelinajolie @bcrainey @purplephy27 #Morehouse #Spelman #SpelmanCollege #AngelinaJolie ♬ original sound – Watch The Yard
Jolie and Pitt married in 2014. Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, and the two were declared legally single in 2019, though the case is still ongoing as they sort out custody issues. In addition to Zahara, the actors also co-parent Maddox, 20, Pax, 18, Shiloh, 16, Knox 14 and Vivienne, 14.
Zahara will be the second of the Jolie-Pitt children to leave for college; Maddox enrolled in South Korea’s Yonsei University in 2019.