Angelina first met Zahara (who was named Yemsrach by her birth mother and then changed to Tena Adam by the orphange) at the Wide Horizons For Children orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and applied for adoption.
There was a slight set back after Zahara was brought home to the US, as her birth mother, who they thought had died during childbirth, surfaced, saying she had Zahara put in the orphanage because she was too poor to look after her.
Her path to conversion began when she tried to convince her ex-husband Jerrome, himself a Muslim convert, that the religion was wrong.
She was ‘very suspicious’ of the faith, and began reading up on it to support her arguments.
Mrs Matthews, a mother of two, converted to the faith four weeks ago – two months after returning from a holiday in Ibiza.
And she says that the photographs of the ‘old her’ taken on that trip show all that is wrong with Western images of beauty.
She said: ‘I underwent the ‘Shahadah’ ceremony of conversion to Islam by repeating a declaration of faith in front of the Imam at my local multi-faith centre.
‘People are probably thinking “Oh, it is just another one of Heather’s fads”. It is what I’ve been searching for during the times I’ve been filling my life with instant gratification,’ she said.
"She has 3 years of experience now (of or about), but when we started the show, I'd find myself, not that I have the kind of experience that Michael Douglas has, but, having worked for 8 years before they had at that point, watching each of them, but... He said that when the police raided his home in 2003 after combing through the records of a US company hosting child porn sites, his main concern was just that they would read his diaries, featuring dilemmas about which yacht or flash car to splash out on, and think he was ‘a self-obsessed prat’.Asked why he chose not to go to court to declare his innocence, he said he was simply ‘exhausted’ at the time and had been given just half an hour by officers at Kingston police station to decide whether to accept the caution.‘I definitely agree with Islam’s principles of not having sex with someone you’re not married to and to save your beauty for your husband.So I think my next partner would need to be a practising Muslim to understand.