“Angelina Jolie left the Clinic Santa Maria of Fondation Lenval early in the morning of July 19th,” hospital rep Nadine Bauer confirmed to PEOPLE. “The mother and babies are doing very well.”
There was only a handful of journalists camped outside the Fondation Lenval hospital in Nice, France, early Saturday morning but even they didn’t realize when Jolie slipped out of the hospital with her twins at 4 a.m. local time.
Angelina Jolie and her twins went home to join their siblings, Maddox, 6; Pax, 4; Zahara, 3; and Shiloh, 2 ““ at their French estate, the Chateau Miraval.
Jolie and the newborn twins must have made a “top secret” exit this morning. One observer said, “We saw the cars and we thought it was her but we didn’t see anything.”
Reporters and photographers have lurked on the rooftops nearby, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Jolie-Pitts exit from the hospital. They expected they would leave by helicopter, as Jolie had arrived weeks before.
Jolie’s secret getaway occurred around 4 a.m. when a Volkswgen minibus with black windows arrived outside the hospital.
“There was a sudden spray of light out of the hospital’s garage way and then four or five people came out of that through a rear doorway,” the witness said. “They stood behind the hospital in a small courtyard in the dark.”
“With all the press attention around them, a constant watch on the front of the hospital, they managed to leave so quickly, my hat’s off to them,” the witness added.
At 9 a.m., Dr. Michel Sussmann, who delivered the twins by Cesarean section on July 12, confirmed the family’s departure, telling reporters, “You can go home. The story is over.”