Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have concluded their messy divorce back in 2019, but the pair are still locked in a custody battle and the 46-year-old actress recently opened up about the implications of the failed relationship on her mental health. The pair were together for nearly 12 years and share six children, and while they once enjoyed a beautiful romance, things did not end amicably for the famous couple.
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Opening up to The Guardian about the past five years of her life and how it has impacted her, Jolie revealed, “I mean, in some ways it’s been the last decade. There’s a lot I can’t say,” she said. “I think at the end of the day, even if you and a few people you love are the only people who know the truth of your life, what you fight for, or what you sacrifice, or what you’ve suffered, you come to be at peace with that, regardless of everything going on around you.”
Jolie continued, “I’m not out of it,” referencing the months-long custody battle she’s been fighting with Pitt. The actress was then asked how she was doing amidst everything, to which she responded, “It’s really hard to answer. How am I? I’m realizing that sometimes you can survive things, but not know how to feel and live in the same way. So it’s more about being open. I’m really trying to be open as a human being again.”
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The actress initially filed for divorce back in 2016, alleging that Pitt struggled with alcoholism and was violent towards their adopted son Maddox while on a private plane one day. However, Pitt staunchly denied claims of abuse, and was ultimately cleared of these allegations by the FBI. Meanwhile, he did seek treatment for alcoholism, attending AA meetings to get the issue under control.
Jolie also recently revealed that throughout her marriage to Pitt she feared for both her and the couples’ six children at the hands of the 57-year-old actor. When asked point blank whether she was fearful while they were together, she answered candidly, “Yes, for my family. My whole family.” The divorce was ultimately finalized back in 2019, but the custody battle has been ongoing, with each actor fighting for custody of their children.