Angelina Jolie appears to be opening up about life after her much publicized split with Brad Pitt in September last year if her recent “Vanity Fair” cover story is anything to go by. While she was pretty candid about the effect the Brangelina break-up has had on their children, she wasn’t very forthcoming in so far as the details of the split are concerned.
Speaking to “Vanity Fair” at her newly purchased “Los Feliz house—an 11,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts mansion once owned by the epic filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille” Jolie hinted at the emotional scars she and the children have been trying to cope with ever since the break up – not to mention the pressures of acting, directing, and humanitarian work along with fulfilling her responsibilities toward the children that she has been single-handedly contending with.
“It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air. [This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family.”
Having gone through two previous divorces with actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton she filed for her third divorce from Brad Pitt, 52, after being with him for 12 years, two of those as husband and wife.
“Things got bad,” Jolie revealed to Vanity Fair. “I didn’t want to use that word. . . . Things became ‘difficult’ ” just as her directorial venture “First They Killed My Father” was entering post production.
The ensuing custody battle between the once most talked-about couple was bitter with no holds barred. Accusations of child abuse were leveled against Pitt by Jolie’s lawyers that have since been dismissed. However, the Tomb Raider star stated that she and her ex- were committed to putting family ahead of everything else.
“We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal,” she explained.
Pitt, in an interview with GQ Style earlier this year, was candid about his problems with alcohol saying that he had since sobered up.
Jolie, however, appeared to be somewhat defensive not attributing the break up to their frenetic lifestyle.
“[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative,” she observed. “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 estranged couple has six children; Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, and Zahara, 12, were adopted from orphanages in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, respectively while Shiloh, 11, and the twins Knox and Vivienne, 9 are their biological children.
Jolie even spoke about her health issues over the past few years, the most recent being her brush with Bell’s palsy, a condition that affects facial nerves and muscles.
“Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she reflected, “until it manifests itself in their own health.” Jolie fully recovered from the palsy with the help of acupuncture.
Acceptance of the passing years appears to have set in as she uninhibitedly talks about her drier skin and gray hairs wondering if it was her menopause or the rough year she’d had.
“I can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had.” She says. “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.” Acceptance!
When asked by “Vanity Fair” about tabloid reports of her improving communication with Pitt, Jolie took a rather long pause to carefully weigh her words.
“We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal,” she says keeping her emotions in check. “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.”
Winner of an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, Jolie has excelled in her Humanitarian efforts as well winning a whole bunch of prestigious world awards that area of her work.