In September 2016, Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt parted ways after 12 years of marriage and six children.
Now, a year later, Jolie is seemingly forcing herself to open up about the pain she’s dealt with after their breakup once again.
In a Sunday interview with The Telegraph, the 42-year-old mother was reportedly “reluctantly” discussing her personal life in the name of promoting her upcoming film, “First They Killed My Father,” telling the Telegraph:
“This is the first time I have done this for a long time. It’s not easy. I am a little shy this time, because I am not as strong inside as I have been in the past.”
But, like any matter in the entertainment business, the show must go on.
She continued to acknowledge that her split from Pitt was “hard,” saying “emotionally it’s been a very difficult year.”
Angelina Jolie—actor, director, writer, humanitarian— has the same concerns that all mothers do: “As I go to sleep at night, I think, Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?” Read more about Jolie’s new life as a single mother in Vanity Fair’s sprawling cover story (link in bio). Photograph by @mertalas and @macpiggott.
The “By the Sea” actress also clarified in a world full of divorce and subsequent post-split romances, she hasn’t fared as well:
“I don’t enjoy being single. It’s not something I wanted. There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard.”
As for her seemingly calm, cool, and collected demeanor, she said she’s simply on autopilot, trying to manage life little by little:
“Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together, but really I am just trying to get through my days.”
However, her painful divorce and newfound independence have inspired her to refocus on herself (in the seldom spare time she has in between focusing on her six children), saying:
“I think now I need to rediscover a little bit of the old me.”
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She referred to her recent revelation of a Bells Palsy diagnosis, 2013 preventive double mastectomy, and 2015 oophorectomy, revealing that with so much going on in her day-to-day life, she somehow lost her footing:
“I think we lose our way a bit. I have had a lot happen in my life, from certain people passing to health issues to raising the children. And it’s been a very good time to absorb and develop and grow.”
And when she said she’s taking the time to “absorb,” “develop,” and “grow,” she meant it; she’s even taking cooking classes to work on her patience and, of course, culinary mastery:
“Cooking is one of those things you do when you are settled in your life and you can take the time. But somehow I am just very impatient and I am a little bit erratic.”
While Jolie continues with baby steps on her way to emotional and mental recovery, she told the Telegraph she has no upcoming projects lined up for the near future, and, according to her sentiment on being single, no potential romances either.