Angelina Jolie opens up about divorcing Brad Pitt: ‘It’s just been the hardest time’

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Angelina Jolie opens up about moving on from Brad Pitt in a new cover story for Vanity Fair. 
  • The 42-year-old actress filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016.
  • Jolie says “things became ‘difficult'” during their relationship late last summer.
  • She recently moved the couple’s six children into a new Los Angeles mansion where she’s focusing on being a homemaker and healing the family.
  • Jolie says she is taking cooking classes and goes to bed wondering if she did a “great job as a mom” each night.

Angelina Jolie is readjusting to life without Brad Pitt. The 42-year-old actress opened up about her divorce in a new cover story for Vanity Fair.

“It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air,” said Jolie who just moved her children into a six-bedroom, 10-bathroom mansion in Los Angeles. “[This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family.”

Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, citing “irreconcilable differences.” At the time, her attorney, Robert Offer, said the decision was “for the health of the family.”

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The actress previously spoke with “Good Morning America” about her divorce and reiterated that the Jolie-Pitt clan was focusing on the health of the family. Now, Jolie is speaking a bit more candidly about her falling out with Pitt while choosing her words carefully.

“Things got bad,” Jolie told Vanity Fair. “I didn’t want to use that word. . . . Things became ‘difficult.'”

The “bad” may be referring to reports of an alleged plane altercation between Pitt and Jolie in September 2016. According to an alleged video, Pitt is reportedly seen fighting and yelling with Jolie on the family’s private jet. Oldest son Maddox Jolie-Pitt reportedly stepped in to break up the fight. “Nothing physical” was reported to take place, and, after an investigation, the FBI cleared Pitt of child abuse allegations.

Jolie didn’t offer more details, saying she didn’t want to discuss the breakup “for the sake of the kids,” but she added that Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox are moving forward and that she’s proud of them.

“They’ve been very brave. They were very brave,” she said.

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Now, the focus is adjusting to life without Pitt and healing. Vanity Fair notes that Jolie is balancing playdates and doctor’s visits and meals with work and humanitarian efforts. She has worked on patching things up with her estranged famous father, Jon Voight, so he can spend time with the children. But it’s not easy. The estimated $25 million mansion the family has moved into, which once belonged to filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille is somewhat empty. Decorating was “Brad’s thing,” Jolie said.

Like any single mother, Jolie just sounds like she’s trying to hold it together and do the best for her kids.

“I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion,” said Jolie. “At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?”

Angelina Jolie opens up about divorcing Brad Pitt: ‘It’s just been the hardest time’
October 5, 2017
Author: Kirsten Acuna

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