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Angelina Jolie Doesn’t Expect People To Understand Her

“I know who I am, and the kids know who I am.”


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Angelina Jolie has been stepping out more lately as she promotes her new film First They Killed My Father, which she directed, and an animated feature she co-produced called The Breadwinner. In doing so, she’s started opening more in the wake of the announcement that she and Brad Pitt are getting divorced after three years of marriage and over a decade of partnership — and she’s seemingly very forthright about their split. In a status update given to The New York Times, Jolie talks about the challenging separation.

“None of it’s easy,” she tells The NYT. “It’s very, very difficult, a very painful situation, and I just want my family healthy. Speaking on her home life, Jolie revealed that she considers her large family of six — including 16-year-old Maddox, 13-year-old Pax, 12-year-old Zahara, 11-year-old Shiloh, and 9-year-olds Knox Leon and Vivienne— to be her closest friends. “They’re the best friends I’ve ever had,” she says. “Nobody in my life has ever stood by me more.”

Jolie also expanded on her and Brad Pitt’s decision to get divorced, revealing that she had mulled it over for a long time before reaching one. “It took me a few months to realize that I was really going to have to do it. That there was going to have to be another base regardless of everything,” she told The NYT. “That there was going to have to be a home. Another home.”

Despite the fact that any divorce can only be fully understood by the parties involved, Jolie knows that there will be various takes on her own and it doesn’t phase her at all. “I never expect to be the one that everybody understands or likes,” she says, “And that’s O.K., because I know who I am, and the kids know who I am.”

While she’s completely fine with who she is, Jolie may be showing another side of her personality soon as she revealed her desire to do another comedy film. “I will get funny at some point,” she said. Apparently, that will happen as soon as the Maleficent 2 sequel arrives, which was recently announced. “That was a little funny,” she says.

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Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Playing God in New York, New York, October 1997. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles, California, March 1999. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Original Sin in Los Angeles, California, July 2001. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Beyond Borders in New York, New York, October 2003. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow in Hollywood, California, September 2004. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in Los Angeles, California, June 2005. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Ocean’s Thirteen at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie at the Salt premiere in London, England, August 2010. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the 84th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2012. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the 2012 Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Maleficent in Hollywood, California, May 2014. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Kung Fu Panda 3 in Hollywood, California, January 2016. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Angelina Jolie arrives to the The Breadwinner premiere at 2017 TIFF held on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends a Service of Commemoration and Dedication marking the 200th Anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 28, 2018 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of Disney’s Dumbo at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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