Last year wasn't too kind to Angelina Jolie, who filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences from husband Brad Pitt in September 2016 after over a decade together. And following a lengthy court battle to settle their separation, the actress has finally opened up about the process in a candid interview with the BBC while in Cambodia promoting her new film First They Killed My Father, a dramatization of a true story. Here's the trailer:
Angelina's project has been in the making for a while now and with the final feature ready to hit the big screen, she spoke out what it meant to her. In addition to this, she cited her return to Cambodia as her "awakening" and a great honor considering it is the birthplace of her first son Maddox.
Alongside promoting First They Killed My Father, Angie also went on to address her divorce from #BradPitt — something she had refused to speak about publicly until now. She said:
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it."
She then continued:
"Many, many people find themselves in this situation. My family, we’ve all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children, and my focus is finding this way through. As I said, we are and forever will be a family. That is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer."
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Since the split, #AngelinaJolie also admitted how her family of six children have been trying to their best to resume normality. She said:
"It’s been a difficult few months. Right now, I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room. Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get [the] dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth."
Finally, when faced with the question where she saw herself and her kids — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne — in five years time, she radiated optimism and wished them happiness above all else:
"At that stage, I hope just standing. In five years’ time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they’re just happy and doing really interesting things, and I imagine in many different parts of the world, and I’ll be supporting them. Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of, and the world as it should be seen. Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people."
Although this isn't the first time that Angelina has spoken out about her personal life — notably in 2015, she shared her experiences of a double mastectomy with the world — it is the first that we have seen her address her post-divorce relationship with Brad Pitt with such candid emotion. Watch the full clip below:
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