Tab: Jolie-Pitt Twins Have Down Syndrome
Enquirer's making stories up now, retorts blogger
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2010 10:36 AM CDT
Actor Brad Pitt arrives at Narita International Airport with son Knox Jolie-Pitt on January 27, 2009 in Narita, Chiba, Japan.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Taking a break from the tawdry affairs of Democrats, the National Enquirer turns its, er, unique brand of investigative journalism to Down Syndrome and the important unanswerable question of whether two pint-size Jolie-Pitts, Knox and Vivienne, have it. The cover-worthy story, it seems, is that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are "tormented by speculation" in the blogosphere that the twins have physical traits—rounded face, flattened profiles and upward slanted eyes—typical of people with Down Syndrome, and therefore must have Down Syndrome.

Put a lid on it, Enquirer, writes a blogger on Babble. "Other than the fact these kids show no outward markers of the disease, they are fraternal twins who don’t share the same exact chromosomes or DNA. The chances of them both having DS is off-the-charts rare," she writes. About "a 0.000625% chance, " to be specific.

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Feb 13, 2011 2:22 AM CST
My hypothesis is that vivienne most probably has Down Syndrome, based on her facial features alone. I've never met the child in person, but if we're basing these allegations on looks alone, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt looks like a poster child of Down Syndrome. Knox however, does not. This is probably because the twins are fraternal and not identical; if they were identical twins then they would likely both have Down Syndrome. In this case, it looks like Viv has it. What's the big deal? Bad breeding happens to a lot of couples. It's unfortunate at best.
Nov 21, 2010 9:47 AM CST
Okay I just have to leave a comment. I don't see downs syndrome I just see a nasty news paper article about their suspicions. It is exactly why I don't usually purchase this magazine they just love to be mean to the celebrities you can't believe anything they print.
Katya Forster
Sep 6, 2010 1:12 PM CDT
What complete nonsense!!! The Angie-haters said the same thing about Shiloh!! Neither Jolie-Pitt twin has any markers indicating Downs Syndrome.