And we're feeling emotional just reading it
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt sent shock waves across the globe last September, announcing their separation after 12 years together.
After filing for divorce from her husband, citing irreconcilable differences, Angelina removed herself from the spotlight, with the couple settling the divorce in private and sealing the documents to protect their children’s privacy.
This week, however, Angelina Jolie has broken her silence, opening up about her divorce while promoting her new film, First They Killed My Father.
During the BBC World News interview with Yalda Hakim, the 41-year-old actress spoke out about her recent divorce for the first time:
‘I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and we are a family, and we always will be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it.’
She continued: ‘Many, many people find themselves in this situation. My focus is my children, our children and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family and so that is how I am coping; I am coping with finding a way to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.’
This comes just one month after the couple issued a joint statement about their split, four months after their separation was officially announced.
The statement read: ‘The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues. The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.’
Brad Pitt has already spoken out about the divorce, announcing to PEOPLE last year, ‘I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.’
He joined his co-star, Marion Cotillard, one month later at the LA premiere of his film, Allied, telling E! News on the red carpet, ‘It’s really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here. It’s really nice to have all the support.’
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