Jolie and Pitt tied the knot in 2014 after being with each other for years. However, in 2016, after just two years of marriage, the actress filed for a divorce.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced their split in 2016; unfortunately, their divorce is yet to be finalized. A source told Us Weekly, “Angelina’s the one who filed for divorce. No one wants this divorce finalized more than she does." But it looks like the actress will have to wait for that to happen and while she waits, Jolie is opening up.
In an interview with British Vogue recently, the Salt actress admitted that the last few years have been "hard" for her and her six children Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. When she was asked if she was at a happy stage in her life, Jolie replied, "I don't know. The past few years have been pretty hard. I've been focusing on healing our family. It's slowly coming back, like the ice melting and the blood returning to my body."
After Jolie and Pitt tied the knot in 2014, the couple stayed together for two years, and then the actress filed for a divorce. Even though the judge legally declared the A-listers single, the split has not been finalized.
Talking to a French magazine Madame in 2020, the actress revealed her personal struggle after the divorce as she "lost" herself. "I think it happened as my relationship with Brad was coming to an end, then at the beginning of our separation," she said.
"It was a complicated moment, where I didn’t recognize myself anymore, where I had become… how can I say… smaller, almost insignificant, even if it wasn’t necessarily visible. ‘I felt a deep and genuine sadness, I was hurt. On the other hand, it was interesting to reconnect with this humility and even this insignificance I was feeling. Maybe this is what being human is in the end… On top of all this, I suffered some health issues. All these things settle in you and remind you of how lucky you are of being alive."
The 45-year-old actress is excited about moving to the next phase of her life. "I'm looking forward to my fifties — I feel that I'm gonna hit my stride in my fifties," she said. "Though we were on the trampoline the other day, and the children said, 'No, Mom, don't do that. You'll hurt yourself.' And I thought, 'God, isn't that funny?' There was a day I was an action star, and now the kids are telling me to get off the trampoline because I'll hurt myself."
She admits that she was never "good at sitting still" but the search for action and adventure has left her feeling like she lacks the skills of a traditional stay-at-home mom." The Maleficent actress added, "Even though I wanted to have many children and be a mom, I always imagined it kind of like Jane Goodall, traveling in the middle of the jungle somewhere. I didn't imagine it in that true, traditional sense."
The Oscar winner added that even though she's "managing through it" and her kids are "quite resilient," she still isn't good enough. "They're helping me, but I'm not good at it at all," confessed the actress. Time and again the actress has said that her kids are her priority. Even when she was splitting from Pitt.
The star previously shared that her kids have been her main priority, even revealing that she split from Pitt with them in mind. "I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing," reported E Online. Even though there have been reports in the media about the rift between the kids and their father, Jolie states that the kids know that they're all lies.
"Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds."