“It was the right decision.”
Four years after her very public split from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie is opening up about why they ultimately decided to end their marriage.
In a new interview with Vogue India, Jolie revealed that the former couple’s separation was for the sake of their six children — Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara, Vivienne, and Knox. “I separated for the well-being of my family,” she told the magazine, adding: “It was the right decision.”
“I continue to focus on their healing. 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,” Jolie continued. “In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people.”
Back in 2016, when Angelina filed for divorce from Brad, news of their breakup shook the internet. While only married for two years, they were together for more than a decade, after meeting on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004.
Last year, Jolie explained to Harper’s Bazaar about how her children were instrumental in her healing from heartbreak. “My children know my true self, and they have helped me to find it again and to embrace it,” she told the outlet. “They have been through a lot. I learn from their strength. As parents, we encourage our kids to embrace all that they are.