Back in May, Brad Pitt gave GQ Style a bombshell of an interview, running the gamut on everything going on in his life post-Brangelina, from the divorce and the visit from Child Services, to getting therapy, to giving up drugs and alcohol and generally being healthier for himself and for his kids. He seemed like he was in a better place; still sad, but better. He got his story out there at a time people were hankering on any little tidbit about his life without Angelina Jolie and, for the most part, satisfied the masses. Now it’s Angie’s turn.
Jolie covers the September issue of Vanity Fair and it’s a revelation. Really, there’s no other word for it. Because while Brad admitted his wrongs in his profile, Angie is less apologetic. In fact, she doesn’t seem sorry at all, and that’s what makes it fantastically refreshing. It’s definitely worth the read (both hers and Brad’s pieces are equally great, just different) but if you don’t have 20 minutes to focus on all its awesomeness, here are the highlights.
When things started to go downhill with Brad:
“Things got bad” in the summer of 2016. “I didn’t want to use that word … things became ‘difficult.'” Despite reports that Brad wanted a more stable home life for their family, Angie insisted that their nomadic lifestyle wasn’t the problem and it “was not in any way a negative.”
Life for the kids since the split:
She calls them “very brave … in times they needed to be.” But she was careful not to get too specific, for the sake of the kids, Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox, cryptically adding, “We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing … They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some … from life, from things in life.”
Hiding her emotions from the kids:
“I was very worried about my mother, growing up — a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me. 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.”
Her relationship with Pitt now:
“We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal.”
After a life-changing trip to Cambodia, Angelina Jolie has spent the last 15 years expanding her world, her family, her career, and her image. At the link in bio, Jolie gets candid about how “difficult” things have been and how she’s moving her family forward. Photograph by @mertalas and @macpiggott.
Her new home:
The family moved into the $25-million home, once owned by Cecil B. De Mille, mere days before the interview was conducted. “It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air. [This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family.”
Having her father, Jon Voight, back in her life:
“He’s been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time. I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around. He knows kind of the rule — don’t make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who’s creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library.”
Jolie recalled her brush with ovarian cancer after her preventive double mastectomy in 2013, and was ecstatic to have her ovaries removed. “I went into the actual surgery happy as they come. I was skipping. Because at that point it was just preventative.” Angelina revealed that she instantly went into menopause, as well as dropped the bomb that she developed Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes one side of the face to droop. Acupuncture helped her beat that. Of her health scares, she noted, “Sometimes women in families put themselves last … until it manifests itself in their own health.”
On feeling more womanly:
Jolie opened up about having more grey hairs, half-joking (?) that she “can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had. I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete.”
Her closest friendship:
The source of inspiration for her new movie, First They Killed My Father, was Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir, and the two women have grown close. “She’s that girlfriend who rolled up her sleeves, got on a plane, and helped me on Christmas morning. She’s been my closest friend. I cried on her shoulder.”
Aside from promoting her new film, she’s got nothing on the go so it’ll be all about home and family. “I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, ‘Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?'”
Angelina Jolie—actor, director, writer, humanitarian— has the same concerns that all mothers do: “As I go to sleep at night, I think, Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?” Read more about Jolie’s new life as a single mother in Vanity Fair’s sprawling cover story (link in bio). Photograph by @mertalas and @macpiggott.
Just like us? Well, we can dream.