On Sunday, the BBC World News released an interview with Angelina from Cambodia, in which the actress spoke with journalist Yalda Hakim about her life, her family, and yes, the split itself.
Jolie remained tight-lipped about the divorce itself, but she did open up a bit when prodded, saying:
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and├óΓé¼┬ª 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 … Many, many people find themselves in this situation. My whole, my family├óΓé¼┬ª 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.”
Jolie, who was in Cambodia to premiere and promote her new directorial effort First They Killed My Father, continued about how she and the kids were coping — along with their pets — in how to find a normal rhythm amid all the chaos.
“It’s been a difficult few months. Right now, I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room. Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get [the] dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.”
Obviously it’s a serious time in her life, and a serious thing to go through — but the humor she can find in it (and the relatability!) is truly refreshing, too.
Jolie continued, to, and got reflective about her children, and what she hopes they get out of their lives as they grow old, too.
“At that stage, I hope just standing. In five years’ time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they’re just happy and doing really interesting things, and I imagine in many different parts of the world, and I’ll be supporting them. Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of, and the world as it should be seen. Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people.”
It’s a tough time, and a stressful place in life to go through a divorce like this, but Angelina is approaching it just as you’d expect: with grace, class, civility, love, and yes, a little bit of humor.
Good for her!
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