And it's totally relatable
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 – making rare public appearances and maintaining a dignified silence.
The past few months however have seen the couple open up on the subject, with Angelina speaking out about the emotional impact of her high-profile break up in a recent interview with The Telegraph.
While promoting her latest directional work, First They Killed My Father, the 42-year-old actress spoke out about the breakdown of her marriage, and about being single for the first time in a decade.
'It's been difficult. I don't enjoy being single. It's not something I wanted,' she explained to The Telegraph. 'There's nothing nice about it. It's just hard. Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together, but really I am just trying to get through my days.'
She continued: 'Emotionally it's been a very difficult year and I have had some other health issues. So my health is something I have to monitor.'
'The children have been amazing,' she added. 'It's been so moving to see how much they have helped each other and how much they have helped me.'
The actress and humanitarian has previously spoken about her health issues in an interview with Vanity Fair, going on to explain how she was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy following the split.
Bell’s Palsy is a form of temporary facial paralysis, with symptoms varying from muscle twitching to the entire loss of movement in the face.
‘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 health,' she explained. 'I think that’s what makes a woman complete. Sometimes women in families put themselves last until it manifests itself in their own health.’
‘I was very worried about my mother, growing up – a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me,’ she explained. ‘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.’
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