"It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children," the actress said.
Most people don't even think about it when they give an out-of-reflex response to the question: "How are you?" But when Angelina Jolie was recently asked the same question, she looked somewhat upset as she thought about it, according to the interviewer she was opening up to.
"It’s really hard to answer," the actress replied. "How am I? I’m realising that sometimes you can survive things, but not know how to feel and live in the same way. So it’s more about being open. I’m really trying to be open as a human being again."
In her recent interview with The Guardian, Jolie spoke about ending her marriage with her longtime partner, Brad Pitt, and the effect that their long-drawn divorce had on her.
The actress was asked whether there were times where she feared for her children's safety whilst being married to Pitt. And she replied, "Yes, for my family. My whole family."
Jolie and Pitt were together for more than a decade and shared six children: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. After spending years in one of Hollywood's most-talked-about relationships, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt and saw it being finalized in 2019.
However, things are far from over because Jolie is still in a heated custody battle with her ex-husband over their children. Since Maddox is no longer a minor, he is not included in the ongoing custody battle.
Previously, Pitt faced child abuse allegations from incidents that allegedly took place while he was married to Jolie. But eventually, the actor was cleared of these charges, according to New York Post.
When she spoke to The Guardian about her decision to split from Pitt, she said, "I’m not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly. It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children."
Jolie did not get into the details of her divorce, but she admitted that the process has left her feeling "broken."
She was asked what the past five years costed her, and she replied, "I mean, in some ways it’s been the last decade. There’s a lot I can’t say. I think at the end of the day, even if you and a few people you love are the only people who know the truth of your life, what you fight for, or what you sacrifice, or what you’ve suffered, you come to be at peace with that, regardless of everything going on around you."
As she continues battling over their children's custody, Jolie said she ultimately wants her family to heal after all that they have been through.
"It’s not that I want to talk about anything really, because I just want my family to heal," she said. "And I want everyone to move forward – all of us, including their dad. I want us to heal and be peaceful. We’ll always be a family."
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