Actress, director and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie has spoken out for the first time after a painful breakup with longtime partner Brad Pitt. She has underlined that despite the difficulties of the divorce, “we are and forever will be a family”.
The 41-year-old is currently in Cambodia where she is promoting her latest directorial project, First They Killed My Father. It is based on a book about the bloody Khmer Rouge dictatorship which ruled the South East Asian country from 1975 until 1993.
“It was a very difficult time,” an emotional Jolie told BBC News. “Many people find themselves in this situation … My whole family have all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children.”
“We are and forever will be a family and so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
The pair split in September 2016 and has begun divorce proceedings.
The couple who have been together since 2005, are currently in a difficult custody battle over their six children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne. They have both been adamant that they are putting their children first and are making every compromise possible to protect them from the drama surrounding the breakup.
Until recently, Pitt was only allowed supervised visits, before an agreement was reached to allow them to spend as much time together as possible. Her latest statements seem to confirm that the worst is behind them.