Angelina Jolie encountered various legal obstacles while trying to adopt Maddox over twenty years ago. While filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia in 2000, Jolie developed a deep affinity for the country and visited an orphanage where she met Maddox. Jolie had an instant connection with him and relied on her partner, Sarath Mounh, to help navigate the adoption process smoothly. According to Mounh, Maddox is a bright and happy child who won Jolie’s heart with his infectious smile and optimistic attitude. Despite being a young boy, Maddox impressed Jolie by standing up and grinning instead of crying like the other children. This encounter left a lasting impression on Jolie and ultimately led her to choose Maddox as her son.
Angelina Jolie paid a visit to the newborns and was overjoyed to see Maddox grinning amidst the babies wailing. Unfortunately, the adoption process in Cambodia was not easy at the time due to the rampant issue of child trafficking. To make sure that she could adopt Maddox legally, Angelina enlisted the aid of her colleague, Mr. Sarath Mounh. He went on to lawfully adopt Maddox before handing over custody to Angelina through a signed agreement.
Sarath Mounh has expressed his desire to become the adoptive father of Maddox in order to grant Angelina legal permission to take her son with her to the United States. Maddox’s adoption by Angelina had a profound impact on his life, as it enabled him to move to the US. Maddox’s adoption by a well-known figure like Angelina was met with a lot of excitement and joy in Cambodia, as people were optimistic that he would remember his roots and achieve great things in life.
Angelina got some much-needed assistance from Sarath, who is visible in the photo on the far right. He provided her with invaluable help in overcoming the stress that came with her struggle to finish the adoption documentation.
Angelina Jolie’s emotional reunion with her child in Cambodia has been captured in a series of exclusive and intimate photographs.
Having made frequent visits to his home country, Maddox has acquired an in-depth understanding of Cambodia’s advantageous customs and practices.