Angelina Jolie filed up for divorce from Brad Pitt in September 2016, but at the time, she chose to be mostly silent about the subject. However, now that some time has passed, she decides to open up about her split from the famous actor and reveal some details about their headline-making breakup. So, read on to find out what Angelina Jolie has to say about her ex-husband and how their children dealt with it, and how they’re still handling post-divorce life.
Given that these two had been together for more than ten years, many are wondering when exactly it all went wrong for them. When asked about that, the actress said that things “went bad” during summer 2016. “I didn’t want to use that word,” she told Vanity Fair, later clarifying, “Things became ‘difficult.’”
There were earlier some rumors that said that Brad just wanted “a more stable, normal life for the whole family” and thus, didn’t like the fact that his wife traveled so often for her professional, personal, and philanthropic pursuits. However, when asked about that, Jolie even got somewhat defensive and just replied:
“[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.”
While she kept silent about their divorce, Brad Pitt was quite open from the start, and he revealed quite a lot in an interview in May 2017. However, the actress claims she was not surprised by such his act. When asked whether it took her by surprise that he’d been so personal about their relationship, she just said shortly “No.”
Divorce is a rather stressful event, especially for children. When it comes to their kids, Jolie says “they’ve been brave.” She added: “We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing,” she said. “They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some … from life, from things in life.”
Since she had to face some tremendous changes in her life when they got divorced, that affected her health, as well – she also had to deal with some new health issues. She already suffered from hypertension, but then she also developed Bell’s palsy, which means the muscles on the side of one’s face weaken and drop. Fortunately, she has managed to recover fully ever since, but that experience still reminds her that her own health and well-being should always be a priority. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last, until it manifests itself in their own health,” she stated.
No matter how difficult a period it was for Jolie, there is one thing that she does not do in front of her children – cry. She’s been through hell, that’s for sure, but she’s managed to put some extra effort and control her emotions when she’s with her children to protect them. “I was very worried about my mother, growing up — a lot,” she said. “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.”
After her divorce, Jolie moved to a new house with her children. “[This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family,” she said of the move. “It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air.”
The actress did her best to maintain her life as steady as possible after all that hassle, but that doesn’t mean that she gave up on her adventures. “I’ve been trying for nine months to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories,” she stated. “And I’m getting better at all three. But now I need to get my boots on and go hang, take a trip,” the actress concluded, which shows her strength and should set an example to follow, as she proves that it’s possible to go through a hard time bravely and still have will to pursue your dreams.