- Angelina Jolie has opened up about her split from Brad Pitt in a new interview.
- The actress revealed that she "separated for the wellbeing of my family."
- Her focus continues to be on her children, whom she calls "six very brave, very strong young people."
In a new interview with Vogue India, Jolie was candid about why she chose to divorce Pitt. The Oscar-winner was asked how she sustains "a healthy environment" for her six children amid the high-profile split. Jolie replied, "I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing."
She continued, "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."
The actress and activist previously revealed to Harper's BAZAAR that she currently lives in the United States so that her children can be close to their father. Jolie said, "I would love to live abroad and will do so as soon as my children are 18. Right now I’m having to base where their father chooses to live."
"My body has been through a lot over the past decade, particularly the past four years, and I have both the visible and invisible scars to show for it," Jolie revealed.
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
It truly felt like the end of an era when Angelina Jolie split from Brad Pitt in September 2016. Having met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004, while Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston, the couple went on to have six children together: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. They got married in August 2014 after almost a decade together.
In an interview with NPR in September of this year, Pitt revealed, "A breakup of a family is certainly an eye-opener that as one—and I'm speaking in general again—but as one needs to understand, I had to understand my own culpability in that, and what can I do better."
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan met on the set of 2006 dance movie Step Up, and their on-screen chemistry was palpable. The costars subsequently got married in a dreamy Malibu wedding in 2009, per People, and welcomed a daughter, Everly Tatum, in May 2013.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
The world was shocked when Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced their split in February 2018, having gotten married in August 2015. In a statement via The Associated Press, the former couple's publicist revealed that the decision to separate "was mutual and lovingly made at the end of ."
Theroux later told The New York Times, "The good news is that was probably the most—I'm choosing my words really carefully—it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity." The exes are still on good terms and recently spent Thanksgiving together.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Before J.Lo's fairy-tale romance with Alex Rodriguez, the singer was married to Marc Anthony for the good part of a decade. After walking down the aisle on June 5, 2004, wearing Vera Wang, Lopez gave birth to twins, Emme and Max, in February 2008.
However, in July 2011, Anthony and Lopez announced their split to the world. In a statement, via the Daily Mail, they said, "This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters."
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
In November 2011, Moore released a statement (via People) that said, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother, and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Daredevil costars Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's engagement was reported in April 2005, and apparently took place around the time of Garner’s 33rd birthday. Per People, they wed just two months later on June 29 in Turks and Caicos, with Garner expecting the couple's first child.
The Afflecks would go on to have three children together: Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel Affleck. In June 2015, the couple announced their split after 10 years of marriage, and their divorce was finalized in late 2018.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt announced their separation in August 2017 after eight years of marriage. Pratt revealed the split in a Facebook post, writing, "Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we're really disappointed."
Faris and Pratt continue to co-parent their son, Jack Pratt. In June of this year, Pratt moved on when he married Katherine Schwarzenegger, and recent reports suggest that Faris may be engaged to her new partner, Michael Barrett.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's romance once seemed picture-perfect, with the couple marrying in Italy in November 2006.
Holmes reportedly told Cruise she was filing for divorce during a phone call in June 2012, according to People. The publication also noted, "With help from her hard-charging attorney dad, Martin, she engineered a dramatic exit, which included moving apartments, changing cell phones and hiring new security."
Most importantly, Holmes gained primary custody of the couple's daughter, Suri Cruise. Mother and Daughter live in New York.
Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx
A little more than a year after her divorce from Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes was spotted dancing with Jamie Foxx at a party in the Hamptons. Years of rumors followed, with occasional photos of Holmes and Foxx spending time with one another leaking to the press. In January 2018, the pair appeared to confirm their relationship when they attended a pre-Grammys gala together.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
One of the biggest breakups of 2019 and the decade in general came as somewhat of a surprise to fans. Having met while making Nicholas Sparks's movie The Last Song, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth embarked upon a decade-long, on-and-off relationship.
The couple married in a secret wedding in December 2018, but less than eight months later, the singer's rep confirmed to People, "Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time." Almost simultaneously, Cyrus was photographed kissing Kaitlynn Carter, but has now moved on with Cody Simpson. Hemsworth officially filed for divorce in August of this year.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
The former costars had one of the most magical relationships of the decade, or so Twilight fans thought. Being cast as star-crossed lovers Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in 2008, it's unsurprising that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson reportedly had chemistry from the start. At the time, Stewart was still dating Michael Angarano, per E! News, but once that relationship tailed off in early 2009, the costars became inseparable.
Their relationship first encountered trouble in 2012 when Stewart was photographed kissing movie director Rupert Sanders. Despite a brief reconciliation, Stewart and Pattinson split for good in May 2013. In an interview with Howard Stern in November of this year, Stewart revealed, "We were together for years, that was my first [love]."
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Hollywood stars Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber announced their separation in September 2016 after 11 years together. In a joint statement, via The Telegraph, they revealed, "It is with great love, respect and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship."
Jude Law and Sienna Miller
The stars met while shooting the 2003 movie Alfie, while Jude Law was going through a divorce from Sadie Frost, per InStyle. In early 2005, Law's rep revealed that the actor had proposed to Sienna Miller on Christmas Day in 2004, per People. But by July 2005, Law was forced to apologize to his fiancée when it was revealed that he'd had an affair with his children's nanny (Law shares three children, Rafferty, Iris, and Rudy Law, with ex Frost).
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
After 10 years of marriage and welcoming children Apple and Moses Martin, Paltrow and Martin have managed to remain close. Paltrow has since married Brad Falchuk, and Martin is now dating actress Dakota Johnson. The quartet have fast become a blended family.