Angelina Jolie speaks candidly about her ‘invisible scars’ following split from Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt filed for divorce three years ago but only officially became ‘single’ earlier this year. Since then there have been various reports about the breakdown of their relationship, from Brad’s admission that he joined Alcoholics Anonymous following the split and sources revealing how the actor’s relationship with his children has changed.

Brad spoke about his difficulties with The New York Times, saying: ‘I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges. The fact is, we all carry pain, grief and loss. We spend most of our time hiding it, but it’s there, it’s in you. So you open up those boxes.’

The couple share six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne. While their eldest son, Maddox, reportedly ‘doesn’t really see himself as Brad’s son,’ according to US Weekly, he is said to be ‘very close’ with Angelina.

The actress opened up about how supportive the children are, telling Harpers Bazaar US: ‘My children know my true self, and they have helped me to find it again and to embrace it. They have been through a lot. I learn from their strength.’

She also explained that she would love to move away from the US but considering she shares custody of the kids with Brad, it wouldn’t be possible.

‘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,’ she said.

Touching on the impact the split has had on her emotionally, she continued: ‘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.

‘The invisible ones are harder to wrestle with. Life takes many turns. Sometimes you get hurt, you see those you love in pain, and you can’t be as free and open as your spirit desires. It’s not new or old, but I do feel the blood returning to my body.’

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