Angelina Jolie calls her six children her 'best friends'

‘Nobody in my life has ever stood by me more’

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‘Nobody in my life has ever stood by me more’

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced their separation a year ago, with Angelina filing for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, ending their 12 year relationship.

Since news of the split has broken, both parties have kept a relatively low profile – focusing their time on their six children – Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-old Knox and Vivienne.

While the past year has undoubtedly been hard for the family, according to Angelina Jolie her relationship with her kids is even stronger because of it.

The 42-year-old actress brought all six of her children along with her to the Toronto International Film Festival this week where she is promoting two films, First They Killed My Father, which she directed and The Breadwinner, which she produced.

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Angelina brought all six of her children along as moral support for her two premieres, explaining at the events how they were her 'best friends'.

'We’re really such a unit. They’re the best friends I’ve ever had,’ the 42-year-old explained. ‘Nobody in my life has ever stood by me more.’

She continued: ‘None of it’s easy. It’s very, very difficult, a very painful situation, and I just want my family healthy. They’re getting better.’

Angelina has previously spoken out about the aftermath of her separation and how she works hard to be strong for her family, explaining to Vanity Fair back in July: ‘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.’

She continued: ‘They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.’

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