During a Sunday interview with BBC World News, Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie opened up for the first time about her shocking split from Brad Pitt and their plans to peacefully co-parent their six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and… and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it,” the mom-of-six, 41, shared.
The Maleificent star was in Cambodia to promote her new directorial effort, the film First They Killed My Father, an adaptation of the Khmer Rouge memoir written by survivor Loung Ung that recounts the 1970s Cambodian genocide from a child’s perspective.
“Many, many people find themselves in this situation,” the actress added of divorce. “My whole, my family… we’ve all being through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children… and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
Since she filed for divorce from Pitt, 53, in September, the actress and her kids have been trying to find a normal rhythm.
“It’s been a difficult few months. Right now, I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room,” she shared. “Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get [the] dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.”
Where does she see herself in five years?
“At that stage, I hope just standing,” she said. “In five years’ time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they’re just happy and doing really interesting things, and I imagine in many different parts of the world, and I’ll be supporting them.”
She added: “Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of, and the world as it should be seen. Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people.”
The former couple have been undergoing a bitter custody battle over their six children.
First They Killed My Father will be released globally on Netflix later this year.