Tuesday 23 January 2018

Six things we learned from Angelina Jolie's first interview since her split from Brad Pitt

Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and father Jon Voight.
Jon Voight and daughter Angelina Jolie in 2001
US actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) special envoy Angelina Jolie attends the annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at United Nations (UN) office in Geneva on March 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 08: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their six children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne arrive at Haneda International Airport on November 8 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
Actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a news conference at a hotel in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce was a celebrity split we never saw coming.

Now, for the first time since the news emerged nearly one year ago, the actress has opened up about their relationship and her life as a single mother.

Here's six things we learned from Jolie's candid Vanity Fair interview.

1. Her parents' break up affected how she handled her own

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Angelina Jolie and father Jon Voight.
 

Jolie's father Jon Voight and late mother Marcheline Bertrand separated after five years of marriage in 1976, with the toll it took on her mother affecting how Jolie dealt with her split from Pitt.

"I was very worried about my mother, growing up - a lot," said.

"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."

2. Her home is surprisingly normal

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US actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) special envoy Angelina Jolie attends the annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at United Nations (UN) office in Geneva on March 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
 

With a reported net worth of $160m, it was refreshing to hear how 'normal' the Oscar-winning actress' home is. The journalist described how the family's wet dog jumped on the brand new couch, her daughter Vivienne returning from a sleepover and son Knox asking for a waterslide to be installed in the house.

3. She's no domestic goddess

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TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 08: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their six children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne arrive at Haneda International Airport on November 8 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
 

The 42-year-old admitted that domestic skills don't come easy to her, but it's something she's trying to work on.

"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?" she said.

"I’ve been trying for nine months to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories. And I’m getting better at all three."

4. Her relationship with Pitt began to suffer in summer 2016

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Writer-director-producer-actress Angelina Jolie Pitt (L) and actor-producer Brad Pitt attend the opening night gala premiere of Universal Pictures' "By the Sea" during AFI FEST 2015
 

While the actress largely avoided directly discussing her divorce, she revealed that it was last summer when her relationship with Pitt began to change.

"Things got bad," she said, before adding, "I didn’t want to use that word. . . . Things became 'difficult.'"

"We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing... They’re [their six children] not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some... from life, from things in life."

5. She has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy

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Actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a news conference at a hotel in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
 

After publicly discussing her preventive double mastectomy in 2013, Jolie shared that she developed Bell's palsy last year, causing one side of her face to droop.

"Sometimes women in families put themselves last until it manifests itself in their own health," she said, crediting acupuncture for her full recovery.

6. She has reconnected with her father

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Jon Voight and daughter Angelina Jolie in 2001
 

Since her mother's passing in 2007, Jolie and Voight have worked on reconciling their formerly strained relationship.

"He’s been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time," she said.

"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."

The September issue of Vanity Fair will be on sale from August 8.

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