Angelina Jolie is opening up about her bitter divorce from Brad Pitt nearly a year after the two split.
The actress tells Vanity Fair about life after Brad and about taking care of her six children.
“I was very worried about my mother, growing up—a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me,” she tells the magazine.
Angie’s parents, the late Marcheline Bertrand, and Jon Voight, split when she was young after her father cheated.
“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,” she adds.
Angelina also gets into why she and Brad split, and says it had nothing to do with their globe-trotting lifestyle.
“Our lifestyle was not in any way a negative,” she says. “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.”
After last summer, when “things got bad,” says Angelina, the two are now “both working towards the same goal.”
“I didn’t want to use that word . . . Things became ‘difficult,’” she says.
Angie and her brood are now living in a $25 million estate, an “11,000-square-foot Beax Arts mansion,” with “fountains, a pool, “and a kitchen worthy of a Nancy Meyers movie,” says the mag.
“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,” she says. “The kids have been very brave. They were very brave. We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some . . . from life, from things in life.”
Angelina, long estranged from her father, is now speaking to him.
“He’s been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time. I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around,” she says. “He knows kind of the rule: Don’t make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who’s creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library.”
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