Angelina Jolie: There are times where ‘I have not felt safe, I have not felt free of harm’

Actress Angelina Jolie wearing Atelier Versace with Cartier jewelry arrives at the World Premiere Of Disney's 'Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil' held at the El Capitan Theatre on September 30, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Angelina Jolie has spent the past five days promoting Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and her interviews are still coming out and they are GOOD. She must have done the whole rope line, and done every junket interview. I mean… Disney is paying her and they want this film to be a big success, just like the last one. So of course Angelina is talking a lot. This is what we all hoped for! As part of the junket, Angelina spoke to E! News about how she hasn’t always felt “free.” These quotes are interesting:

On love: “The real truest love pulls out your best self. It’s what you value, what you’re loyal to and what you’re willing to fight for. So I think that truest love does that, and I think for Maleficient—it’s the surprise that she didn’t realize that she had it in her.”

On Maleficent: “I think Maleficent is wild, I think there is that thing in all of us that is just not safe and not fine, that wants to just have fun and be our best self.”

She feels not fine & not safe sometimes too: “There have been times in my life where I have felt — and maybe I’ve hidden them well from the public — where I have not felt free, I have not felt safe, I have not felt like free of harm. I have felt small. I have felt cornered. And it has taken a lot to find that again, probably more of that today than I was in the last four years.”

[From E! News]

“I have not felt free, I have not felt safe, I have not felt like free of harm. I have felt small. I have felt cornered.” Yep. Whatever went down on the plane in 2016 wasn’t ONLY about whatever happened between Brad Pitt and Maddox. Most of the variations on the story said that Maddox actually got in between Angelina and Brad, because he was defending his mom. I really wonder if Angelina is going to talk more about this in the years to come, or if she’ll only speak about it in more general or cryptic ways.

Here’s something slightly more fun – Angelina talking on the red carpet about her infamous 2012 Oscar dress, which introduced us to the Leg of Doom (my favorite villain). Seven years later, Angelina’s like “f–k a leg of doom.” No, she gets into the backstory of the dress and she told Extra: “There’s a whole longer story behind that — I had a more complicated dress and I wore the more comfortable dress, which was that one, and I think I was just so comfortable that… I think when you feel comfortable, when you feel yourself — which is very much the theme of the film, and we know this in life — you embrace it. And sometimes, maybe it appears to be a thing, I don’t know.” The Leg of Doom came out because she was super-comfortable in her dress.

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  1. Erinn says:

    I find the leg of doom thing so funny – because it doesn’t LOOK especially comfortable. But this really makes me want to know what the other dress was!

    • crogirl says:

      Yeah, this whole time I thought she was holding her leg like that because the dress was uncomfortable.

    • lucy2 says:

      The way she stood was very awkward and intentional, it totally doesn’t read someone who is just so comfortable and at ease.

      • JulieCarr says:

        There’s some photos where you can clearly see it was taking a lot of effort to stand like that. At times she was standing with her leg so far out and pushed back it would have been hard to stay upright. It’s about as far from a natural, comfortable standing pose as you can get.

        She takes it so seriously too. At the time she gave a very odd statement about it, and now this. I don’t know why she can’t just laugh about it.

  2. DaisySharp says:

    It was a ridiculous pose and I thought she looked high, but Pitt looks very mean there. I will pretty much always give them woman the benefit of the doubt. You know why? Years of experience with men and their toxicity.

    I mean seriously, really look at, or in, Pitt’s eyes in this photo. That’s not good.

    • Angie fan says:

      Maybe she was posing like this to keep some physical distance between Them and not make it obvious for example if she was just standing there comfortably

    • Evji108 says:

      So why is she doing the same pose when she is standing alone? It has nothing to do with creating distance from Brad. This is a very dominant and intentionally provocative pose. But in reality it makes her look like she is trying too hard.

  3. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I have always gotten the distinct impression that what happened on that plane was the culmination of a dynamic. One where Brad was emotionally and verbally abusive to Angie. And Maddox had seen and heard enough. “Nice guys” are some of the meanest drunks I have even encountered.

    • DS9 says:

      Yes, this is what I always assumed though lately, I’ve come to believe he was escalating and while maybe he hadn’t hit Angelina before, he was behaving in ways that made them all believe he was capable of it.

      And that moment on the plane was likely exactly when they feared that would be the time. Maddox likely interfered and was struck instead.

      • ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

        In the next week, “friends of Brad” will come out with some BS about how she “perceived” something to be more dangerous than it was because Angie is a drama queen/still the woman who wore her brother’s blood in a necklace.

      • Kebbie says:

        It was Billy Bob’s blood not her brother’s

  4. Jay says:

    Welcome to the world the rest of us are living in.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Yeah hun she’s been living in said world for 43 years. Just like everyone else.

      • Jay says:

        Not really. I expierience fear everyday about the state of the country. Most people on here seem to. For her to say she expierienced fear is a yawn. Again, welcome to the club.

      • Sierra says:

        I didn’t know we measured the level of fear and gave our sympathy/understanding according to that score…

      • MC2 says:

        I am no Angiestan, but what a self-centered & victim centered post. Didn’t AJ spend years visiting & working for refuge causes & to end women being raped as a war tactic? Again, I’m no big fan, but she has obviously been very aware of fear, & the state of the world.
        The big concern here is when someone hears a woman admit she was fearful in her own life & the result is “welcome to the club….yawn” from another person. smdh.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Jay Give me a break. The MAJORITY of people in this country had no real clue what fear was until 2016. Lololol. NOW you know. So yes – welcome to the world minorities and marginalized groups have lived with for literally centuries.

        Angelina has traveled and spoken with people who have been victims of HEINOUS crimes. She has seen and probably experienced what fear and pain looks like close up. She is also a HUMAN BEING. Capable of all the feelings one has as one. She was asked a specific question about having experienced fear in her own life and stated that yes she has. Just like you. Just like me. Just like everyone else.

      • otaku fairy.... says:

        The most hypocritical part is that it’s mansplaining on top of trying to shut down her conversation with the ‘other people have it worse’ card.

      • Ok says:

        Funny this user wasn’t here to say others have it worse when poor baby brad was talking about how much he suffered and how sad he was all alone and had to cry on the floor of his millionaire friends home.

      • OriginalCarol says:

        Don’t y’all hate it when these hit-and-run one-liners come through with their ignorant b.s, lol.

        Jolie’s had living in fear most of her life from time her father abandoned his family; not knowing when the money was going to come in and she had to make a living at a young age as a model to support her mom and brother. I am sure she’s been fawned over and touched by the ugliness from the men in a higher position of power who viewed her innocence as a challenge to take advantage of.

        As an actress, she has had to deal with powerful dirty old men such as Harvey who tried to get her to go to bed with him or else.

        Then in the last 3 years or so, she’s had to live in fear of an abusive drunken husband who could snap at any time and did on that fateful plane ride before she took off with the kids. She didn’t go to any shelter cause she’s rich and could afford to rent a safe house for her and her kids but still the trauma and scars were there and would take a long time to heal. SO don’t ever underestimate her fear or her circumstance of domestic abuse just because she’s a rich and famous celebrity. She’s like the rest of us who can and did experience fear and abuse most of her life.

  5. Sierra says:

    Nah she will never directly say how bad Brad behaved did to her love for her children. The children might in the future but not Angelina.

    I find it sad that things escalated soo badly that she nor her children felt safe around Brad.

    We always speak about the children and what they went through but never discussed how terrified Angelina must have felt. They were in the air and Angelina couldn’t shield their children from his abuse.

    And then afterwards, Brad did everything to punish Angelina for choosing their children over him. That must have bern horrific as well especially since she knows the media already hated her and saw their chance to smear her more.

    • SaraR. says:

      And they are continuing to smear her even now, when it is obvious, by his own convoluted confession, that he was an alcoholic. That women in that e! video just called her “terrible person” during the divorce.

    • Carol says:

      Both Angelina and Brad are smeared in the press because they are celebrities. Everyone here can blame Angie’s or Brad’s pr people for putting stories in the press but unless you work for every single outlet, you don’t know that. Jolie’s feeling unsafe can mean a multitude of things – her relationship with Brad, her dad, her mom’s death, the violence she sees in the places she visits, or just life. We don’t know what Jolie or Brad went thru during their marriage or divorce so unless one of them spills the beans in the press, we won’t know.

    • OriginalCarol says:

      So, if both Pitt and Jolie got smeared in the media, why were the stories always seem to be more positive toward Pitt than Jolie? And the theme seemed to drag Jolie down in the dirt while building Pitt up to high heaven? That she’s a manipulative b*tch who tried to alienate the children against him? He’s victim in their divorce. These attacks seemed to be happened during their divorce and custody battles. Isn’t that convenience for him. At the beginning you would have these leaks from a Pitt source, then later on it would be a source close to situation or family to make it less obvious to anyone who bothers to pay any attention. And isn’t it funny that you would not have any refute from Pitt or his team if these stories were positive toward him or against her. Ask yourselves, who would benefit the most from these smearing attacks against Jolie? The media? Why? Did she do something to them personally? Why were they so invested in dragging her down? Did they get inside favors or exclusives from one party based on which one they take side with? And Pitt? Would he happen to benefit from these smearing attacks against his wife? Why not? He’s trying to gain sympathy from the public and to minimize the damage done to his reputation which is caused by his abusive drunken behavior in the first place.

      And to say that she felt fear or harmed, probably due to the relationship with her dad or the death of her mother is b.s. She said she’d felt fear, harmed and corned more so in the last 4 years. Not decades ago when her dad took off and abandoned his family. Not 12 years ago when her mom passed away due to cancer. Pitt had made her feel fear, harmed and corned in the last 4 years…He’d at least verbally if not physically attacked her when he’s drunk and high and didn’t care how his wife and children were feeling in his drunken rages. Don’t try to shift the blame equally or to play the ignorant card like we are not them, so we don’t know anything. It’s all there if one chooses not to look away. That’s the problem with our society. We don’t know anything unless someone speaks up. She did and one just has to listen.

  6. Meg says:

    I thought photographees screamed at her to do it? I thought I saw video of that
    I do remember a man getting up on stage winning an award that night and did the pose on stage making fun of her

    • lucy2 says:

      She did it on stage while presenting too, and Jim Rash imitated the pose during his win.

    • Evji108 says:

      It’s obviously a very calculated pose, because she repeated it several times. She isn’t the type to stick her leg out to please some press photographers.

  7. Skeptical says:

    So we think she’s dishing on domestic abuse to promote a children’s movie?

    • SaraR. says:

      No. The guy said that she is always fierce and unapologetic, like Maleficent. She said that is not completely true. Like Maleficent she had tough times, and is finding her way back.

  8. Jan says:

    The friggin’ drama queen is at it again!! She’s been proven to be a vindictive, lying bitch. Wake up people. She uses domestic abuse as a buzz word to get sympathy.

    • Sierra says:

      Wow – what a vile person you are.

      People like you are the reason women don’t come out and seek help for domestic abuse.

    • Dragonlady sakura says:

      Wow! Very unkind remark. First of all, no one really knows the situation. This is all gossip and heresy. None of us knows what she experienced in her married life. Second, dismissing domestic violence because you clearly don’t like her is dead wrong. Grow a heart.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      This isn’t the Daily Fail. Take your vile misogynist bs back to your people.

      • Zut alors says:

        I suspect it’s a certain poster from JJ who has been shown to be unhinged and flies off the handle whenever she thinks her beloved has been maligned.

    • CherHorowitz says:

      What a bizarre comment! Where has this been proven?! Please elaborate. And I’ve not heard her talk about abuse whatsoever so not sure how shes using it as a buzzword… I’m indifferent to her as a person but I find it odd when people say stuff like this with no rational reason to?

    • kerwood says:


      I don’t think Angelina was only talking about her life with Brad Pitt. I think she was also talking about having to live more than a decade with people like you spewing venom at her because she’s the harlot who broke up your dream couple. She was in love with a man who didn’t have the courage (and didn’t want to sacrifice his popularity) and wasn’t man enough to take responsibility for what happened between him and ‘America’s Sweetheart’. So he stood back and let his woman suffer. It was probably easier to bear when they could shut the doors and leave the lunacy outside. But it must have been hell when she started to feel unsafe in her own home.

      It must be torture for some people to see Angelina survive and THRIVE. To see how much her children love her and how HAPPY they all are. Meanwhile, their dream-boat STILL isn’t man enough to take responsibility for the break-up of his family. Talk about betting on the wrong horse!

      • Zut alors says:

        It’s funny how these same posters who wanted Maddox to give a “no comment” answer to the pap who ambushed him at school are jumping to conclusions about Angie’s comments. They get so outraged about any perceived slights to the golden one who must be protected at all costs. They want Angie to “own up” to her part of the divorce but get so defensive when she speaks for herself. So weird.

    • otaku fairy.... says:

      Please tell me they’re tied.

    • Carmen says:

      Good lord have mercy, if I found you in my kitchen, I’d spray you with Raid.

    • Ok says:

      Jan loves jumping to conclusions and seems to believe brad is an abuser because Angeline did nothing to allude to that. It’s funny how his fans seem to be very aware of the possibility of him being abusive despite Angie saying nothing of the sorts yet blame her for it and defend him for something that’s not proven. Shows what he leads on if he has to be defended for it. He seems like a bully and capable of doing things to make his family feel unsafe. Thankfully she took those poor kids and ran.

    • CL says:

      Sure, Jan

  9. AmyB says:

    I know Brad and Angelina all have their fans and their defenders – but I have always loved and admired Angelina, way before she ever got with Brad Pitt. I have watched her grow and mature over the years with her humanitarian work and becoming a mother (leaving behind the self-destructive days of her youth). Of course none of us will ever really know exactly what happened on that plane between Brad, Angelina and Maddox. But it was significant enough for her to up and leave her partner of like what? 11/12 years? Just like THAT!

    I’m sorry, but I have to admire a woman who has the strength for that. I know she has a lot of money and power, something that perhaps other women in a similar situation wouldn’t have, but still, the emotional trauma and scars cut just the same. I am always going to be #TeamAngelina

    • kerwood says:

      I feel the same way. I always thought she was a good actress and was ‘cool’. I admired the way she owned her sexuality and the mistakes she’d made in life. So many people were counting on her crashing and burning but she never did. She discovered a world outside of herself, where she could use her celebrity to make a difference. And she did.

      Angelina Jolie is a woman who has lived her life on her own terms. And there’s nothing more dangerous than that.

      • AmyB says:

        Exactly @kerwood. She did. She found meaning outside the shallowness and superficiality of Hollywood, and that is priceless. It probably saved her in many ways. And she is a damn fine actress – fell in love with her in Gia! She was mesmerizing in that role as the tragic supermodel who lost her life to Aids at like age 26.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m not a fan, but I do really respect how she just got herself and her kids out of there. No looking back, no hesitating, just nope, we’re not safe, we’re done.

  10. sue denim says:

    She’s really eloquent isn’t she. I love how she said in the other article, how her world expands as her children’s worlds expand. And here, yes, feeling small and cornered so resonates, and coming out of that into grace and true strength is, I believe, where a lot of women are heading post metoo, Kavanaugh, Trump, etc. like the scales have fallen from our eyes… Love her.

  11. Hmmm says:

    Love all of her interviews. If you’ve been a fan long enough you’d know AJ is very sensitive and the attacks from deadbeat must’ve been very hurtful. Especially how he hasn’t really fought to be good with their kids.

    She does seem to be in a more playful mindset now. All the promotion with Michelle pfeifer has me hoping she’ll start dating women again. 😍🥰😍🥰😍

  12. Jessica says:

    This is interesting when you consider the story about how Brad threatened Weinstein regarding Gwyneth Paltrow. That story came out a while back and then Brad addressed it recently. While it’s theoretically gratifying to imagine Weinstein getting his ass kicked, I really have to ask, what is the value of this story, except to pat Brad on the back and distract once again from the survivor’s story? Did Brad then blow the whistle on the guy so that countless other women (Lupita and her horrific story come to mind) wouldn’t have to be raped, assaulted, harassed and snubbed?

    Some shit went down on that plane and Angie did not feel safe. I am in no way equating Brad to Harvey, but if a woman felt unsafe around you, your super cool story about kicking a rapist’s ass sounds like toxic masculinity, not survivor support.

    • Ok says:

      Very toxic “she’s mine, don’t touch her” mentality.. Much better analysis than the spin he tried to sell. He clearly didn’t care what Harvey did after or else he wouldn’t have worked with him after that. It was a self absorbed gesture not a good hearted one.

  13. laura-j says:

    I think women can feel that way in and out of a relationship. I hope Brad wasn’t terrible to her, mostly because I hate hearing about any woman being mistreated by an intimate partner. (Been there wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy).

  14. Jo says:

    After losing my Mum recently…
    I think I understand AJ more.
    I believe the loss of her mother so young is a huge factor for her, on every level.

  15. OriginalCarol says:

    “We need to free ourselves from what imprisons us and hurts us.” — #AngelinaJolie 2019

  16. JJPDGFY says:

    She’s a lot more likeable when she doesn’t take herself so seriously and makes jokes like that.