Mentewab Dawit Lebiso, the biological mother of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's adopted daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt wants to reconnect and to speak with the 12-year-old, who was adopted by the actress as a baby. Angelina Jolie adopted her first daughter, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, in Ethiopia in July of 2005 when she was just 6-months-old
Mentewab, 31, who lives in Ethiopia, talked to the Daily Mail Online through an interpreter: "I just want her to know that I am alive and here and long to be able to speak with her. I do not want my daughter back but just to be in contact with her and be able to call her up and talk with her.
"Angelina has been more of a mother to her than I have ever been. She has been with her since she was a baby, but that does not mean I do not miss her. I miss her all the time. I think about her every day and long to hear her voice or see her face.
"I know when she has a birthday but I am sad because I can't celebrate it with her. I would so much want to celebrate with her on her birthday and other special days. I long to be able to have regular contact with her."
She continued: "I would like Zahara to know she has a mother who loves her as much as Angelina. I know her life is with Angelina is in another country and she speaks another language than me. She has a life that I could never give her, but I would still like to have some contact.
"I would like to see her face. She has grown into a beautiful woman and I am so proud of her. My heart bursts because I am so proud. We all die sometime and before I die I would like her to know about me and that she has family here in Ethiopia. I would ask Angelina to let me speak with her. I do not think it is too much to ask."
When it comes to the couple’s ugly divorce, Mentewab said: “I want my daughter to stay with Angelina. She is a good mother and all children should stay with their mother,” she said. “I am sorry that they are splitting up and I will pray for them, but I do not think it will affect Zahara that much.”
“He is a good man and I hope that they can settle whatever it is between them and move on with their lives.”