Angelina Jolie Finally Opens Up on Her Divorce From Brad: “Things Got Bad”
Then, in September 2016, they announced they were divorcing. They had been married for just two years but a couple for more than a decade.
Brad had his chance to talk about the shocking divorce, and now Angelina is getting hers.
When they separated, Brangelina cited that old, reliable Hollywood excuse: “irreconcilable differences.”
Nevertheless, rumors swirled — including gossip that Brad Pitt had been physically abusive with Maddox, one of the couple’s six children.
“Angelina will always do what's in the best interest of taking care of her family,” Angelina’s rep said at the time.
In a new Vanity Fair cover story, the Oscar-winning actress doesn’t specify why she and her A-list ex-husband grew apart, but she does narrow it down to the time she was doing post-production on her latest directorial effort, the biopic First They Killed My Father.
“Things got bad,” she says. “I didn’t want to use that word … Things became ‘difficult.’”
(Things became so difficult, in fact, that she developed Bell’s palsy, an often-temporary condition in which damage to the facial nerves cause facial paralysis. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last until it manifests itself in their own health,” Angelina says.)
Angelina does, however, dismiss the speculation that she and Brad broke up because he wanted a more stable life for their family.
“[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative,” she insists.
“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.”
For the record, her kids enjoy their atypical existence, as she realized when she made a joke to son Knox about pretending to be normal: “He said, ‘Who wants to be normal? We’re not normal. Let’s never be normal.’ Thank you — yes! We’re not normal. Let’s embrace being not normal!”
Vanity Fair notes that, for the sake of her kids, the 42-year-old said she didn’t want to discuss the breakup.
But she does let slip enlightening comments: “They’ve been very brave. They were very brave.
“In times they needed to be.”
“We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing,” Angie elaborates, carefully.
“They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some … from life, from things in life.”
Part of their recovery is a fresh start in a new home: an 11,000 Beaux-Arts mansion in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz.
“It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air,” she explains.
“[This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family ... I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion. 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?’”
The By the Sea actress admits she wasn’t surprised by Brad Pitt’s admissions of his personal failings in that GQ Style interview in May.
(He revealed he had stopped drinking, for example, saying, “[I] don’t want to live that way anymore.”)
“We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal,” she says.
“I was very worried about my mother, growing up — a lot,” she adds.
“I do not want my children to be worried about me. 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.”