Angelina Jolie Says She Left Brad Pitt "for the Wellbeing of My Family"

"It was the right decision," the Oscar-winner revealed in a new interview.

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  • 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."

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's split shocked fans around the world. However, the actress is now making it clear that she's moving on from her marriage, and putting her children first.

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."

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in December 2010.

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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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Amy Mackelden

Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.