In the new September issue of Vanity Fair, actress Angelina Jolie is opening up on life without Brad Pitt.
Nearly a year ago, Jolie and Pitt shocked the world with their split after tying the knot in 2014. They called it quits since "things got bad… I didn’t want to use that word… Things became ‘difficult.’”
The 42-year-old told the publication at her new Los Feliz mansion, which she shares with their six kids, "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.”
She pointed out, "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.”
Along with the public breakup, Jolie was also battling health issues, like hypertension and Bell’s palsy. She revealed, "I can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had.“
"Sometimes women in families put themselves last until it manifests itself in their own health,” Angelina continued. "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.”
Jolie has managed to stay strong for the kids while dealing with her divorce with Pitt. She explained, "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.”
Of her brood, Jolie said, "They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them. They’ve been very brave. They were very brave. In times they needed to be.”
Jolie has also reconnected with her estranged father Jon Voight, for the sake of the kids. She shared, "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."