It's been almost a year since fans around the world were shaken by the news that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, one of Hollywood's strongest couples, were getting divorced over an altercation between Pitt and their son, Maddox. Both parties have discussed the matter in different occasions. Back in May, Pitt, for example, gave a very open interview to GQ.
Jolie also discussed the matter earlier in the year. More recently however, the actress decided to give the public a better insight into her situation and healing process during an interview with Vanity Fair.
Jolie's Relationship With Brad Pitt
#AngelinaJolie revealed that cracks in their relationship began to show during the post-production process of #FirstTheyKilledMyFather, a historical thriller based on Loung Ung's memoir of the same name, which she's been developing for the past two years. At the time, rumors stating Pitt wanted to stop their globetrotting in favor of a more stable lifestyle surfaced. Jolie however, denied this during her talk with Vanity Fair:
"[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative. That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children... They're six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I'm very proud of them."
The actress revealed that her family is healing not from the divorce itself, but from the events that led to it, and commended her children for their bravery and strength during the process:
"They've been very brave. They were very brave [...] We're all just healing from the events that led to the filing... They're not healing from divorce. They're healing from some... from life, from things in life."
Their divorce process has been quite difficult, as Jolie asked for full custody of the couple's six children. Fortunately, both actors are finding a way to move past that. When asked about whether her relationship with #BradPitt had improved, she revealed that they're working together to take care of their family and do the best for their six children:
"We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal. I was very worried about my mother, growing up — a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is."
Focusing On Herself And Her Children
The actress has been battling with her health for the past year, as she suffers from hypertension, and developed Bell's palsy, a damage to the facial nerves that causes paralysis or weakness on one side of a person's face. Thankfully, she's learned to pay attention to and take better care of herself:
"I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete.”
As for her incredibly successful film career, she's been heavily rumored to star in Bill Condon's followup to The Mummy as the Bride of Frankenstein. But Jolie stated she wants to step back for awhile and just enjoy her life as a mother:
"I'm just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That's my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?"
It's a relief to hear Jolie is doing well and that she found her footing after such a difficult situation. Hopefully everything continues going great for her and her family.
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[Source: Vanity Fair]