For the first time since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from her fairytale marriage with actor Brad Pitt, the award-winning actress has publicly addressed the issue.
In a sit-down interview that was released on Sunday, the actress and director spoke to BBC World News‘ Yalda Hakim in Cambodia ahead of the premiere of her latest film, First They Killed My Father.
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Angelina, 41 became emotional as she briefly talked about her ex-husband. When asked if she’d like to say something about her split that led to her divorce, the filmmaker answered;
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and… and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it,” she said.
In other words, Angelina is hopeful that the family will not fall apart as a result of the issues in their relationship.
Speaking on how she has been holding on since the split, Angelina acknowledged that is has been a “difficult time.” Nevertheless, the actress said her first priority is her children. She wants to make sure the whole process makes then stronger and brings them closer.
“Many, many people find themselves in this situation,” she said. “My whole, my family… we’ve all being through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children… and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
The Hollywood couple share six kids together – Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The former couple have since battled with custody arrangements of their children. Eventually, the court decided that the kids will remain under their mom’s custody.