Angelina Jolie just imparted some very important parenting advice

'You don't have to be perfect'

'You don't have to be perfect'

Angelina Jolie is one of the most talked-about women in the world, making viral news for everything from her new Marvel role to her separation from Brad Pitt, with the couple finally announced to be single this year (three years after filing for divorce), choosing to ‘bifurcate’ their marriage.

It’s her role as mother however that has made the most news this week, with the 44-year-old never missing an opportunity to talk proudly about her children.

Ange’s 18-year-old son Maddox is currently studying biochemistry at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, something that has made a lot of news this past few months, with the actress recalling how she ‘ugly cried’ as she dropped him off at his university dormitory.

Last week, Angelina took her five other children – Pax, Zahara, Knox, Vivienne and Shiloh, along with her to the LA premiere of her new film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. And taking to the red carpet to talk about her character, Angelina opened up about her own experiences of becoming a parent, revealing her biggest motherhood fear.

‘I questioned when I was a mother if I was good enough’, the actress explained.

This week she spoke on the subject further, once more taking her children with her to a Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere, with this one happening in London.

‘We probably all have this idea – I know I did before I had kids – that to be a perfect mother, you have to be a perfect person and that's just not true,’ Angelina explained of becoming a parent. ‘You have to do your best and be willing to put your child before you.’

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil comes to UK cinemas on 18 October.

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