May 29, 2006

Swaddled in security, Brangelina baby doing well

LANGSTRAND, Namibia (Reuters) - Swaddled in tight security,
the newest member of Hollywood royalty was said to be doing
fine on Monday tucked in an African hideaway with her superstar
parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, born late on Saturday and
instantly one of the hottest celebrity stories of the year, is
being shielded from the prying lenses of paparazzi eager to
score some extremely valuable baby pictures.

"They are both healthy, the mother is healthy and the baby
is healthy," said Samuel Nuuyoma, governor of the Erongo region
in Namibia, the southern African nation where the baby was

"They are just fine, they are enjoying their lives,"
Nuuyoma, who has reportedly built a close relationship with the
couple, told Reuters.

The new baby joins the couple's adopted children Maddox and
Zahara, rounding out a family People magazine has already
dubbed "the most beautiful in the world."

The Jolie-Pitts have been screened from the media and no
pictures have so far been released.

Gossip columns said the child had Jolie's dark hair and
Pitt's nose and that Jolie had a Caesarean section after a
minor complication, although none of this could be
independently confirmed.

The couple -- dubbed "Brangelina" by the tabloids --
sparked a media frenzy when they arrived in Namibia seven weeks
ago. Their bodyguards and Namibian officials responded with a
major security operation that involved beach and road patrols
around their luxury resort in the tiny village of Langstrand.

Green cloth screens mask the resort and bodyguards have
hounded some journalists out of town.


Reporters said security was tightened even further around
the resort after the birth, announced in the United States late
on Saturday, with additional vehicles driven by security casing
the area.

Photographers from all over the world have come to the area
hoping to capture the first pictures of the baby, which could
garner a multimillion-dollar price tag.

The couple is said to have sold the rights to the first
snaps to a U.S. weekly magazine for more than $5 million, with
the money to be donated to the children's charity UNICEF.

Jolie and the baby remained in seclusion on Monday, with
staff at the two local private hospitals tightlipped after
having been warned they could face a hefty fine for divulging
any information.

"All I can confirm is that they are not at the lodge," one
source said.

Their vehicles were seen parked outside the Welwitchia
Hospital in Walvis Bay early on Sunday but security was
uncharacteristically light. Nearby Swakopmund has one private
hospital, the Cottage.

Jolie's decision to have the baby in Namibia has been
hailed as a tourism coup that should help boost interest in a
country mostly famed for its massive sand dunes.

"It is great ... they have honored Namibia with their
presence," Namibia's Prime Minister Nahas Angula said, adding
that the child was entitled to Namibian citizenship.

"We hope that this young Namibian that was born here when
she gets older she will take Namibia as her homeland."

Jolie, 30, is a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. High
Commissioner for Refugees, apparently took a shine to Namibia
while filming the movie "Beyond Borders."