When Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on September 19th, 2016, it only took about two-point-two seconds before people started speculating that it was because Angelina got caught in some how-you-get-them-is-how-you-lose-them karmic retribution, thanks to Brad’s Allied co-star Marion Cotillard. But those rumors were quickly shot down by some sources, who claimed it had everything to do with their children. Angelina spoke to British Vogue about her split from Brad, and she confirms that it had everything to do with the wellbeing of her family.
Angelina talked to British Vogue about her ongoing humanitarian gig with the United Nations and her work with refugee children. Naturally, she was asked about her own children. Angelina says it has always been important for her to celebrate each of her kids, whether they were birthed from her or adopted by her. And that it’s been especially important for all her kids to know their history and background, like teaching Maddox, who was adopted from Cambodia, and Pax, who was adopted from Vietnam, about their respective countries’ complex histories with each other.
Then Angelina was asked about her children’s’ future, specifically how she’s kept things healthy and safe for them after their worlds were turned upside-down (her alleged words, allegedly). According to Angelina, the biggest step she’s taken to make sure her kids are good was when she filed those divorce papers.
“I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing.”
She also let it be known that whatever you read – or don’t read – in the press isn’t always the truth about what’s going on.
“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. In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people.”
Angelina is correct when she says she’s largely remained silent regarding her split from Brad, and her kids’ relationship with their dad. But that’s not to say she’s had her pointer finger pressed against her lips, like every stock image you’ve ever seen of a woman saying, “Shhhhhh.” Angelina has spoken about her split. Like when she told French magazine, Madame Figaro, last year that her divorce was “complicated,” and that she felt “hurt,” and “lost.” Or like when she told Vanity Fair that her kids have been “brave” and that they’ve been “healing.” Or maybe that was just Angelina’s subtle, shady way of saying that she’s been quieter than Brad, who has spoken about his divorce and kids, like shouting them out during his Oscar speech earlier this year. Or describing his personal life as a “disaster.”
All I really know is that I believe her when she says her kids are very brave and very strong. For example, they all seem like the kind of kids who would have no trouble boldly walking up to their mom and saying the words, “I got around to watching Alexander, mom, and…it’s really bad. Sorry!”