In a bombshell interview with Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie is opening up about her very public divorce from Brad Pitt and some radical changes in her life since their split in September.
"It's just been the hardest time, and we're just kind of coming up for air," Jolie, 42, told Vanity Fair. "We're all trying to do our best to heal our family."
- Jolie admits that their 12-year partnership went downhill following the filming of her third directorial effort, First They Killed My Father, wrapped in Cambodia last summer.
- "Things got bad," says Jolie. "I didn't want to use that word. . . . Things became 'difficult.' "
- But she wanted to put on a good face for her kids, she says. "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."
- It wasn't just her love life that was suffering though. Jolie was grappling with some serious health issues as well.
- She says that after having a preventative double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and then having her ovaries removed, her body went into menopause. Jolie says she then developed Bell's Palsy and hypertension which caused "one side of her face to droop." Thankfully, she was able to tap acupuncture to heal that issue.
- Jolie also explains that her lifestyle did not cause the issues in her marriage: "[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative," she says. "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."
- Five days before she filed for divorce, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services investigated an incident between Pitt and their eldest child, Maddox, but the charges were dropped.
- Later, the estranged couple released a statement saying they were working to resolve their divorce and would act as a "united front" moving forward.
- "We're all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They're not healing from divorce," Jolie tells Vanity Fair. "They're healing from some . . . from life, from things in life."
- "We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal."
- Pitt and Jolie share six children together: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8.