Angelina Jolie opens up about her divorce from Brad Pitt: “We’ll always be a family”

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Kayleigh Dray

Angelina Jolie – speaking publicly about her divorce for the first time – has revealed that her split from Brad Pitt has proven to be a “very difficult time” for her and her children.

The 41-year-old actor and UNICEF ambassador told the BBC: “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.

“It was very difficult. Many people find themselves in this situation. My whole family have all been through a difficult time.”

Jolie added: “My focus is my children, our children.

“We are and forever will be a family and so 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.”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Jolie, who was joined by her children Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10 and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne at the premiere, went on to reveal her hopes for the future.

And, when asked where she sees herself being in five years time, she replied: “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.”

Jolie added: “Everything I do I hope ... 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.”

Angelina Jolie with Zahara and Shiloh

Angelina Jolie with Zahara and Shiloh

Jolie was awarded sole custody of her and Pitt’s six children following the couple’s filing for divorce at the end of last year.

Jolie opened up about her divorce before the premiere of her new film First They Killed My Father, based on Loung Ung’s memoir of the same name – a true-life account of the Khmer Rouge genocide through the eyes of a child.

The UN refugee agency special convoy said she hoped the film would help Cambodians to speak more openly about the trauma of the period, which saw two million people killed.

“I came to this country and I fell in love with its people and learned its history, and in doing so learned, how little I actually knew about the world,” explained Jolie, referencing the fact that she first visited the country for the filming of 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

"This country, for me was my awakening.”

The actor, who adopted her eldest son, Maddox, from Cambodia, added: "I'll always be very grateful to this country. I don't think I ever could give back as much as this country has given me.”

The film will be released on Netflix later this year.

Images: Rex Pictures / Netflix


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Kayleigh Dray

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