Angelina Jolie: ‘I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision’

Angelina Jolie arrives curbside for a flight at Paris Airport

Angelina Jolie has been giving excellent interviews while quarantined in LA. She’s been writing and doing Zoom calls too, but it’s been a while since we’ve had back-to-back magazine interviews from Angelina. A few weeks ago, we read her Harper’s Bazaar UK feature (which should have been a cover story), and now there’s a Vogue India interview. The point of this piece was to highlight the work of the UNHCR, of which Angelina serves as Special Envoy (a step up from goodwill ambassador, which she was for 11 years). The piece was published on Friday, ahead of World Refugee Day (June 20). While there’s a lot of information about the work of the UNHCR, she also spoke about her children, adoption, and splitting from Brad Pitt. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

How the pandemic will affect refugees: “Sadly we are only at the beginning of the economic and social impact of the crisis, and what this will mean for displaced people when levels of humanitarian funding were already so low. It really is frightening to consider. It’s a time for solidarity and to understand that refugees are on the frontline of the struggle for survival and human rights.”

Who taught her the most about refugees: “Many UNHCR colleagues, but really the refugees themselves have been my mentors. I remember one of my first field missions, in Sierra Leone, when at a certain point, after listening to people’s stories, I started to cry. There was an amazing grandmother there, looking after her orphaned grandkids, who pulled me up and told me not to cry but to help. That has always stayed with me.

Her love of Cambodia: “Cambodia was the country that made me aware of refugees. It made me engage in foreign affairs in a way I never had, and join UNHCR. Above all, it made me a mom. In 2001, I was in a school programme in Samlout playing blocks on the floor with a little kid and as clear as day I thought: ‘My son is here.’ A few months later I met baby Mad at an orphanage. I can’t explain it and am not one to believe in messages or superstition. But it was just real and clear. Samlout was the first and last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. It was where I first went with UNHCR because it is near the Thai border, where people were struggling to return. It was littered with landmines. I chose to invest and live there to try to help improve one of the most challenging areas of the country. We found 48 landmines on my property. My home is on a compound I share with the HQ for my foundation. It is 100 percent locally run, as it should be, and I work with a great team of people.”

A family full of adopted & biological kids: “Each is a beautiful way of becoming family. What is important is to speak with openness about all of it and to share. ‘Adoption’ and ‘orphanage’ are positive words in our home. With my adopted children, I can’t speak of pregnancy, but I speak with much detail and love about the journey to find them and what it was like to look in their eyes for the first time. All adopted children come with a beautiful mystery of a world that is meeting yours. When they are from another race and foreign land, that mystery, that gift, is so full. For them, they must never lose touch with where they came from. They have roots that you do not. Honour them. Learn from them. It’s the most amazing journey to share. They are not entering your world, you are entering each other’s worlds.”

How she’s sustained a healthy environment for her kids after the separation: “I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing. Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds. In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people.”

What she’s been working on in lockdown: “I’ll be working with UNHCR on the global crisis and keeping connected and raising awareness of the realities on the ground. And continuing to work with the BBC World Service, on a media literacy initiative for young people. I’m also collaborating with Amnesty International on a book project for children’s rights. I went into lockdown thinking it would be a good time to learn to cook. Never happened. I know my limits.”

[From Vogue India]

A book could be written about these sentences: “I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing. Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds.” Wow, Angelina really ended Brad and his PR team, huh? They thought they could spread all of those sugary stories about Brad and fatherhood and such and Angelina’s like “that motherf–ker is lying.” Just another reminder that the sh-t that went down on the plane forever changed Angelina and she went into “protect the kids” mode and she never looked back.

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  1. Alexandria says:

    Angelina my Queen.

    • detritus says:

      Right? She’s a masterclass in being a bamf.

      she seems a wonderful mom.

    • NextToMe says:

      Ok, so am I the only one who remembers her making out with her brother and gushing about their sexual relationship? Or her obsession with collecting blood of her favorite lovers, ect? That’s not normal. “ A book could be written about these sentences,” don’t make me puke.

      • Jaxonmeh says:

        Source it. Show your work.

        There was a snapshot with her brother. And people wrote a lot of fan fiction about it.

        The blood thing was between her and Billy. They were being weird together. I don’t really care.

        Regardless it doesn’t have anything to do with the person she is now, what she is doing or the issues with Brad Pitt’s PR.

      • Sierra says:

        The fact that you had to go back 2 decades to find something to attack Angelina with, shows your desperation.

        I do hope you attack male actors for their more horrible pasts the same way you do here.

      • Grant says:

        Sounds appropriate, given that we can’t even make it through an Aniston thread without some Angeloonie pulling up “receipts” from ten years ago either…

      • Monique says:

        @Sierra thank you it’s all they’ve been saying she’s a drug addict, ahomewrecker etc They are really grasping at straws now

      • detritus says:

        I remember her kissing her brother in a way that made me uncomfortable, yes, but damn girl. That was both decades ago and not criminal.

        She’s overcome addiction, become a loving and selfless mother, put her efforts towards international aid, and you want to diminish her for being weird in the 90s?

        Not all of us were pushed from the womb perfect, and I myself was not and am not. How can anyone empathize with perfection? I don’t and can’t, but I can and do empathize and admire introspection, hard work and selflessness. If her biggest crime is being strange, then weird on sister.

      • ad says:

        You are living in the past, nowadays it’s norm what she did then, dad’s & daughters, brothers & dusters kiss all the time! Billy Thornton said it was a small prick from their fingers & stored it in a vial, like some parents store their newborn’s baby’s hair in a necklace locket.. We are all entitled to our own imagination & invention! Weird? Some has done more weird stuff than she have done. All part of her journey in life. She us honest about it & she is hated for her honesty! She will thrive!

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Insert eyeroll gif. Brining up twenty year old gossip is lame

      • Say what says:

        ROTFL.
        Better than being a drunk drug addict punching your kids. I guess he will think this is funny too like that joke he told at the SAG’s. or his GF Alia using the N word.

      • Jaded says:

        Now now, Jennifer…time for your meds.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        LOLZ!!!! Did you just break out of your time capsule? Where have you been for the last 15 years?

      • Elena says:

        Another delusional.

      • Ange says:

        Funny how Billy Bob had his own vial of blood but Angelina is the only one singled out for it…

    • Snappyfish says:

      Goddess Divine

    • Sara says:

      Yep! Her kids are beautiful! Especially Knox in that photo.

  2. TeamMeg says:

    WOW. I expect Brad will make some kind of statement now. If he’s really learned and grown, we can hope or expect him to acknowledge that his behavior/addictions destroyed his family, that Angelina did the right thing to leave, and that as tragic and painful as the loss remains, he will always honor her for saving his kids from his damage.

    I hope that’s what comes out of PR Team Pitt’s mouth next, and nothing less!

    • AppleTartin says:

      Brad will probably be seen having lunch with Jen A. Or put out stories he is spending time with his kids (who weren’t actually there).

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Brad wont say a damn thing. Instead he and his PR team will cook up a new “romance” for him to distract.

      • Monique says:

        Exactly @VV he isn’t going to ever say anything expect his PR to come up with something soon since she has dashed their usual root of saying he spent quality time with his kids and they even bought him gifts for Father’s Day

      • xo says:

        It’s private. He isn’t obligated to say anything publicly.

    • That’s a bingo says:

      Pax told on Brad.

      • NextToMe says:

        That was so incredible to watch. Brad was all “I can’t wait to visit him at school,” and Pax was like, “Then where is his ass?” Lol. I feel so bad for those kids.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        @nexttome, The kids are fine. They have their Mom. Plus, I’m sure she has surrounded them w/ strong men in their lives.

      • FYI says:

        I’d like to read that. Where was it?

    • cee says:

      You are dreaming. Brad will never take responsibility for his bad actions and apologize to Angie for all the years he let her be attacked by tabloids and Aniston and her mean girl friends.

      • xo says:

        You’re suggesting that Pitt is responsible for every negative headline written about Jolie?

    • Poisonella says:

      Drunk Brad went after A, J. and the oldest son got between them- what happened no one knows. Must have been bad. Then drunk Brad got off the plane and started driving a fuel truck all over the airport tarmac. He’s a POS who left his wife in a humiliating way for another woman. Now, he is back in the embrace of Hollywood and all is well.

  3. AppleTartin says:

    Not a lot of Mothers put their children ahead of their husbands. Whether it be financial or emotional reasons. Respect for her for hitting the eject button and standing her ground.

    • LidiaJara says:

      So much this. My dad was a mean drunk, although he didn’t live with us, and it’s so hard for me to read sites that are all over Brad and his charm. A lot of mean drunks are very, very charming.

      One of my favorite things about my mom was that she gave me veto power over her boyfriends. She could afford to, because she had roommates, but she always said – if you want one gone just say the word and you’ll never see him again.

    • Monique says:

      This is so true and even on the internet people have been sharing stories about their alcoholic parents she’s finally getting support from people I wished she just spilled from the very beginning but she’s a classy woman and a great mother I’m proud of her

    • lucy2 says:

      Some don’t for sure, but I think we have to remember that not a lot of mothers are in her financial situation, able to leave and immediately rent a big house, hire security, etc. I respect her for doing it too, but she did have options that many don’t.

      • AppleTartin says:

        Yes, I said that, I’m not blaming women who stay to keep a roof over their kids heads. It’s just the kids who have to suffer the emotional scars in the long run since the Mother can’t or won’t leave.

      • goofpuff says:

        yeah that’s pretty much why i will never be a stay at home mom. I’ve known too many who are stuck in bad relationships because they can’t financially leave.

    • BL says:

      Appletartin
      Ugh your comment made me so sad. I am a mama and I grew up assuming all mothers would put their children’s needs ahead of their husband’s (I was lucky). I would do the same for my kids in a heartbeat.
      I know this isn’t a reality for everyone because of financial or emotional reasons but that really sucks :-(

      • LidiaJara says:

        BL I’ve been learning a lot lately about the foster system in the US and one of the reform movements is to say – hey if things are bad in the house and it’s not from the mom, maybe help her leave instead of paying someone else to take the kids. And if it is the mom, but it is not extreme, maybe try to support her and get her well as a first step. I hope we start investing in this more.

  4. Valiantly Varnished says:

    “Some have taken advantage of my silence” Mic drop. And she did it so effortlessly. A Queen.

  5. Miffy says:

    I can’t not read this as ‘I’m focused on their healing, I’ve been so silent because of our healing, nothing means more to me than the security and wellbeing of my children…. So let me take some more very public jabs at their father in what has already been a needless sh*tshow of a divorce.’

    Her and the Pittster are as bad as each other. And how her weird White Saviourism of buying kids from third world countries hasn’t been scrutinised and side eyed HARD is just astounding. Loved the woman but the facade kinda collapsed with the marriage (for both of them).

    • Marjorie says:

      I totally agree with you, but I’m not brave enough to write it. I wish we could pay more attention to their movies and not their drama, which she just continued.

    • NextToMe says:

      This is exactly what I see. I don’t think Brad is great at all. He’s def got some emotional healing to do. But they both do. I think he’s trying too hard to be the good guy, and she is trying too hard to tear him down. But since both of them kinda suck, and they both jumped the shark, no one will truly care. It’s been decades since anyone has viewed either of them as America’s sweetheart. But I’m sure they’ll keep talking about the kids, since that dynasty needs to continue.

      • Nanny says:

        What did she say to “to try and tear him down” did I miss something??

      • anon says:

        @Nanny, she said nothing, didn’t even mentioned Pitt directly… but his PR spinners will be painting him as the perpetual victim, same as in the last few years.

      • In my humble opinion, I believe that they were too quick to break up their family. Brad doesn’t seem to be the monster to me that he apparently is to other people. He seems to be trying hard to overcome the substance abuse. I think some marital and family counseling might have saved their marriage. It must be very difficult to be a single parent of so many children. She doesn’t seem to have any close friends or family for a support system. Everything about the infamous plane fight has been so secretive that it’s difficult to determine just how damaging the whole thing was for everyone concerned. I have dealt with alcoholic family members and there’s two types of drunks, the mean ones and the annoyingly happy ones. I’m guessing that Brad had a streak of the mean in his drunk daze. Just wish they would quit throwing daggers and get on with their lives. Everything is getting very close to being petty and much ado about nothing. I think they are both good people deep down and it’s too bad that they didn’t try harder to fight for their marriage instead of with each other. I know that Brad must have been awful in the depths of his addictions, but I am sure they’re two sides to the story. Anyway, it was a beautiful family and I was sorry to see it fall apart so suddenly.

    • LidiaJara says:

      I feel differently about the divorce, but I am 100% with you on the adoption. I loved her so much growing up, but it’s really eroded as I got older and learned more about transracial and transnational adoption. She is an incredibly well-read person, if she’s not engaging with that side of it… then it’s all white saviorism and that then must include the refugee work. Sucks.

      • Caty Page says:

        Transracial adoptee here! The way she spoke about transracial/transnational adoption truly moved me. She’s exactly the kind of person who “gets it.” I grew up with a much greater chance at success than I was born with, and it’s because of some white people.

        Honestly, the language of “buying children” and calling adoptive parents “white saviors” is far more offensive than Angelina’s actions. So many non-adoptees like to speak for us and tell us we were stolen. Since those preaching anti-international adoption are mainly white and we adoptees are mainly Brown, it’s REALLY ironic that they’re complaining about “white saviors.”

      • Otaku fairy says:

        “Honestly, the language of ‘buying children’ and calling adoptive parents ‘white saviors’ is far more offensive than Angelina’s actions. So many non-adoptees like to speak for us and tell us we were stolen. Since those preaching anti-international adoption are mainly white and we adoptees are mainly Brown, it’s REALLY ironic that they’re complaining about ‘white saviors.’ ”
        +1000. It’s not that there aren’t genuine concerns to be had about this issue at all. It’s just that this can be a go-to response any time a child is adopted by someone outside of their race, without any real evidence to back up the allegation, and it’s sometimes just people pulling a Chelsea Handler. Also, this comment Angelina made about Brad isn’t even that revealing. People have a tendency to overreact when women don’t sugar-coat their experiences with popular men enough because ‘keep that private! “, even though they salivate for or even manufacture dirt on the women.

      • SKF says:

        I feel like she has done a pretty great job going by the fact that all of her kids are happy and healthy. She has also kept each of her adopted kids connected to their cultures and has started charities in their birth countries in their names that they can take over as adults. The one thing that is unclear (perhaps someone here knows the answer?) is if she got them language lessons throughout their childhoods so that they can speak their own languages. I hope so. It’s much harder to learn as an adult and it’s an important part of remaining connected to your culture. Also, eating the food, etc etc. She seems like she would.

      • justwastingtime says:

        Lidida Jara – trans racial adoptive parent here. What do you find offensive, exactly? Even though we don’t have the finances to go to Ethiopia as much as Angelina, we connect with our child’s culture and she has plenty of black friends in our urban environment. What I think you are missing is that our daughter’s birth mother made a choice. Adoption is a triangle with two sets of parents and a child, it’s never about white people “saving” children it’s really about birth parents making choices. Any adoptive parent worth their salt knows the facts, why do you think Angelina doesn’t?

    • Case says:

      I agree with you. I really like that she put her kids first and left him when things got bad. Beyond that? Eh, I don’t have the best impression of her that I just can’t shake. I do think she seems like a good mom to her kids and I honestly am not very educated when it comes to white saviorism, but I could never let go of the feeling that she was kinda just collecting them. I remember her and Brad talking about how they wanted 10 kids or more, and how she felt differently (as in, not as happy) about her biological children than her adopted children. IDK. Her and Brad have both done and said a lot of weird things that I haven’t forgotten.

      And on top of all that, I feel like this divorce is just a bad sequel to the initial Angelina/Brad/Jennifer drama that launched them into the tabloid stratosphere.

    • Meg says:

      Compare the amount of stories his team has pushed bashing her and bragging about him being father of the year versus her speaking about their family – its not even comparable, so to say brad and angie have behaved the same since their split is just false

      • Yvette says:

        @Meg … I’ve read many comments where people complain about Brad Pitt ‘bashing’ Angelina in his interviews, and then I read those interviews and I just don’t see any indication of Brad bashing her. Could you please list some of things Brad has said that shows him ‘bashing’ Angelina? I mean, something that is comprarable to Angie’s yearly statement of “I left for the health of my children. They’re still healing”?

        I like Angelina and Brad, always have. If both of them want to re-establish their own identities apart from each other, they should just end this divorce already and move on with their lives. This divorce has dragged on for 4-years and must be tense as heck for the kids. The best thing for the kids would be to end this puppy and move on already.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        @yvette, BP uses the tabloids, Page Six, The Sun and US Weekly to prompt himself up and tear down Angie. Notice how all the stories since the separation make him look good and her badly. He pretends he left her, he pretends she is holding up the divorce, he pretends she doesn’t have clout in HW anymore by announcing a loan he gave her for a house for his own kids even tho she gave him a loan for the Make It Right foundation, which he hasn’t taken care of, even called her a self-regulating mechanism, whatever that means.

        When Angie first came out and said she was separating for her kids, she said there was yelling and drinking involve. People called her a liar, he never came to her aid. Later, to promote his films, he finally said it was true. He acts as if he found this out on his own and he never acknowledges Angie and the kids being there for him through it all even tho he made their lives awful.

        The there’s the lie of the Parental Alienation that his team put out there so he could look good even tho there was never that, the court just wanted Angie to try to get the kids to see him more even tho they didn’t want to.

        Then the whole JA awfulness/bs at the awards show as if to make it seem they are together and she’s the one he should have picked all those years ago even tho he left that woman for a reason. Plus the lame jokes he couldn’t even write at the award show last year.

        Then don’t get me started on how many times he lies about seeing those kids so he can look good.

        So yeah, Angie says that one line every year. She should say more imo. She has been very private and kind throughout all of this. She clearly hasn’t changed it up like he does all the time. She hasn’t even mentioned the man’s name in almost four years. No bashing/no lies on her part.

      • Yvette says:

        @SidewithKids … This is not a defense of Brad Pitt in any way, shape, or form, and I’m not dismissing anything that has happened between these two, but nothing your comment was actually ‘Brad Pitt’ saying those things … just things written in Tabloid articles, with nortorius sourcing, that have been ‘attribute’d to him by commenters here and elsewhere, as if Tabloids make up sh$t about everyone except Brad Pitt.

        So my question still remains, what has Brad Pitt, himself, actually said in an interview that could be contrued as him bashing Angelina?

      • Case says:

        @Yvette I agree with you on the tabloids. Page Six and Us Weekly are notoriously fake, so if Brad’s PR leaks information that way — which they very well may do — I think that’s an incredibly stupid strategy and don’t count that as him personally attacking Angelina. I know certain celebs use certain outlets to leak their side of a story, but I always found that argument that that’s how they’re speaking out to be lame. Quotes from “a source” are nothing to me. I dismiss them as fiction immediately. That probably makes me a bad celebrity gossip watcher, but oh well. As a rule, I don’t take what tabloids or blind items say as truth, ever.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think she seems like a good mom but she definitely uses the press as much as Brad does, it’s just in a different way.

    • Toniko says:

      Hey look, just jared Pitt groupies are blessed us with a visit..

      • Miffy says:

        Oh no, not groupie-dom here, dear Bradley is every inch the flaming piece of sh*t, he’s just not the particular piece of sh*t espousing the importance of encouraging a child’s contact with the very culture they actively removed them from for no other reason than their own sense of white superiority and to fit a globe trotting image.

      • Becks1 says:

        What?? No. It’s possible to not think Angelina is a total saint or goddess or whatever else people here call her, and also not be a Brad Pitt “Groupie”.

      • anon says:

        Miffy, wtf?

      • Christy says:

        Miffy – your criticism might be more well-taken if she wasn’t clearly so incredibly involved with her kids in a day to day, non globe trotting way and that the kids did not appear so genuinely happy with her.

    • CherryL says:

      People also like to forget the years where she let her freak flag fly. She’s still the same witch she was back then. Brad is probably a trashy human being but so is she. She’s full of s**t if you ask me.

  6. anp says:

    Angelina is a Great Mom!

  7. Cg2495 says:

    Queen Angie!

  8. TheOriginalMia says:

    Love her! She’s a great advocate for refugees and a great mom to those kids.

  9. Nanny says:

    Angelina is the only celeb, I actually feel is self educated. The rest have no concept of reality.

    • lucy2 says:

      She has definitely educated herself on a variety of things, but I don’t think she’s the ONLY one out there learning and trying to make the world better for others. Yes a lot of celebrities are shallow and self absorbed, but there’s also many that are activists, very involved in all kinds of causes, give both their time and money, etc.

    • xo says:

      Jolie strikes me as a woman who has a unique capacity to understand and empathize with suffering, having suffered herself.
      She also doesn’t seem to shrink when faced with the brutality in human nature, which makes her very effective.

  10. CatWomen says:

    Low blow it was Father’s Day. He loaned her the money for her house. Play nice.

    • Sierra says:

      He threw the children out of their home, forced Angelina to find a new home quickly and then loaned her the money (with interest). He even tried to claim that loan is child support.

      I would have been a lot less nice than Angelina.

      • Yvette says:

        @Sierra … I thought Angie left the plane with the kids and never returned to their joint home. Is that not what happened?

      • Sierra says:

        Not according to official court papers where Angelina said Brad didn’t even let the children take their toys. His own lawyer claimed he paid child support because he loaned her 8 million for the new house.

        Angelina responded saying a loan with interest is not child support and Brad should cover 50% of the children’s expenses.

    • Lady D says:

      Maybe he needed the reminder?

    • Zut alors says:

      The interview was done for World Refugee Day dear Felinelilly. Not everything is about your boy. The bit about the kids was a very small bit of it that has been amplified to the detriment of all the other things she discussed.

  11. Nanny says:

    100% deadbeat is lying about seeing those kids. There has to be push back from those kids, the way his PR works. Class A narcissist, throws their mother under the bus, constantly.
    I mean his award speeches, while my mother was in the hospital with my sisters, alone would have pissed me off.

    • Monique says:

      This! He can only fool the Hollywood crowd and the public for so long. Going through comments on Instagram accounts of Enews and Entertainment tonight people are really fighting back for Angie and they are sharing stories of alcoholism and how it destroyed their families. The chicken has come home to roost for Pitt I must say

      • xo says:

        IDK. I think alcoholics are deserving of compassion, too.

        We are viewing this from a distance, after all.

  12. Monique says:

    Angelina just ended Pitt and his lies and I am glad she did this!

  13. Veronica S. says:

    Like any person, she can’t be perfect, but I have to say…even Lainey over at Lainey Gossip has talked about how professional and nice she is to interview, so for the most part, I don’t get the feeling she’s hidden trash with good PR. Nothing about Brad Pitt’s behavior after the divorce swayed me to his side, either. Frankly, it sounds like she was tolerating certain things for far too long and then got slapped in the face by the ugly reality of whatever happened on that plane and realized she needed to get herself and the kids out. Considering how many parents can’t bring themselves to do that for their kids in similar circumstances, it’s a big deal.

    • xo says:

      Also, she exited an A-list coupling, which I personally can’t imagine other women (Victoria Beckham, Beyonce) doing.

  14. Ours says:

    I don’t think people understand what it does to you qhen people don’t believe abuse stories especially kids. These kids are old enough to know what happened to them or witness on that plane ride and for Brad PR to make it seems like they imagined it or ittheir mother egging them is more damaging than anything.

    • Monique says:

      Exactly this! And that’s why probably most of the kids want nothing to do with him after they turn 14. It is really telling. He knows the truth, she knows the truth even the kids know the truth so no matter what the public thinks or even his Hollywood crowd who constantly back him up. When he sleeps alone at night he knows the truth and knows deep down he screwed it all up

  15. Sportlady20 says:

    She’s so awesome. To the jealous ladies in the comments, really there are other sites to be petty 🤷🏻‍♀️

  16. Mireille says:

    I see the haters and trolls are out early this morning. I am so sick of these “White Savior” comments about Angie. She’s not. She’s someone who adopted 3 children from different countries and love them as her family. At no time has she ever spoken about how she “saved them” from their culture. Please STOP. This irritates me to no end. As for speaking out about healing her family, she’s ENTITLED to say whatever she needs to say as its her life, her family, her words. And quite frankly after YEARS of media abuse, tabloids supporting her ex and all his post-Angie relationships, hook-ups, and their support for him and his “wellbeing” while BASHING HER, a woman is entitled to speak up and defend herself.

    Angie: badass all the way.

    • Monique says:

      +10000000000000 to your comments thank you for saying it so well 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

    • Sierra says:

      Exactly, these people criticise when people are not adopting and they criticise when they do.

      Angelina has spoken a lot about how Cambodia & Maddox saved her. She has been doing 2 decades of award winning humanitarian work.

    • SaraR. says:

      👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

    • EliseM says:

      Totally agree. He went so far as to USE an EX (or each other-you pick)to gain more attention during awards season. Those two knew exactly what they were doing. That was a BS move on both their part, and what did Angie do?……………NOTHING. She kept her head down and remained silent. Those are the moments that brings out a persons true character.

    • xo says:

      “They are not entering your world, you are entering each other’s worlds.”

      I have to say I was struck by this comment. Seems like a healthy & respectful orientation to me.

  17. lucy2 says:

    The “for the wellbeing of my family” is nothing new, but the comment about the kids seeing the lies about them in the media sure is. It has to be very difficult for the kids to see the various stories their father’s PR team put out there, trying to maintain the “great dad of six” image that he rode for so long.
    I always hope that they get to a good place with each other and have healthy relationships, but if he continues to twist the truth and use them for good PR, I wouldn’t blame those kids for walking away as soon as they’re old enough to do so.

    • Monique says:

      Very very true I don’t know how he doesn’t realize how much he hurts his kids when he publicly throws them and their mum under the bus just for positive PR

    • That’s a bingo says:

      Happy Father’s Day to a world class Asshole and awful human being signed Pax on private insta

      • Toniko says:

        What is this story about Pax and Pitt?

      • Nanny says:

        No way !!!
        I hope this is not true

      • Jj says:

        To thats a bingo,
        Stop posting those lies, you have posted the same in FF. Thats not true at all, he did not post anything. you are not maligning Pitt only but also the kid’.

      • That’s a bingo says:

        You have no consideration or empathy for your 4 youngest who tremble in fear in your presence. you have made the lives closest to me a constant hell signed pax on insta live

      • Oldtimer says:

        Oh JJ how you must not Know the way Instagram works. I may be an old timer but understand stories only last 24 hours and dont list on the posts number

    • TeamMeg says:

      From Day One she said the separation was “for the health of my family.” This is not news. Talking about how media coverage affects the kids confirms the kids go online and read what people say about them and their parents. Gotta be so tough!

  18. KellyRyan says:

    Listening to your children is the best teacher. Angelina’s kids, like all others, want their needs met. Pets, sports, films, personal interests, reading, socializing, etc. I can give more than one example of a holiday in which I planned travel to a relatives home and was outvoted. :) They were consistent, “Mommy, I just want to stay home and play with my friends.”

  19. Leigh says:

    People are so mad that Angie “tears Brad down” don’t realize it’s Brads own behavior that is the root cause of ALLLLL of it! No, it’s her fault for not covering for him anymore. It’s so disheartening to read most of the comments about this situation because people want to forgive brad for his bad behavior that he admits to, yet crucify Angelina for….kissing her brother and being a wild sexy vamp in the 90s?? I applaud her for protecting 6 children from an alcoholic father and addressing the issues head on instead of burying it because it’s easier for everyone else! She only needs her children’s approval and it sounds like she has that in spades.

    • Monique says:

      “She only needs her children’s approval and it sounds like she has that in spades.”
      This!!! I’m glad the kids know the truth.

    • anon says:

      One poster up thread said Jolie got a loan, so she should “play nice”. The misogyny is high. among Pitt fans…

      • Zut Alors says:

        That was such a Trumpian thing to say. Their devotion to this manchild is baffling. He is their Trump.

      • Oldtimer says:

        Did she not also loan him money for his lawsuit after letting someone die in his rotten homes?

  20. Sidewithkids says:

    This situation has more to do w/ the fact Angie left BP and told the truth about his drinking and abusive ways, exposing him. Clearly most, if not everyone, in Hollywood circles knew, they covered for him and they expected Angie to continue to do so. When she finally had enough, she left. What’s so wrong w/ this? Wouldn’t most leave an abusive situation esp if the abuse started to affect the kids? Angie loves and chose her kids more than an abusive drunk, that’s what it boils down to and people are in their feelings about that and it’s really b/c he is a white male most have wrongly put on a pedestal.

    What I hate is it’s mostly women (his fans) who seem to be more on BP’s side which is sick to me. How can you honestly believe or feel for this dude when he continues to lie and has been caught in numerous of lies? Plus lying on (his own) children and now we know what we mostly suspected, they know he’s lying on them b/c they see it. How can you still have the audacity to side w/ this guy?

    • Monique says:

      “What I hate is it’s mostly women (his fans) who seem to be more on BP’s side which is sick to me. How can you honestly believe or feel for this dude when he continues to lie and has been caught in numerous of lies? Plus lying on (his own) children and now we know what we mostly suspected, they know he’s lying on them b/c they see it. How can you still have the audacity to side w/ this guy?”
      This so damn well put down. Middle aged women putting down Angie and blaming her “Asian kid” for causing the split I love that so many people defended Angie on instagram and called those women out. They are now been referred to as middle aged Karens and I am loving it. Angie just aced his ass I want to see how he’ll spin this.

    • Say what says:

      Because they hate Angelina. We know there is a whole website dedicated to hating her Female First. It’s the sickest site you could ever visit let alone his ignorant old azz fan club. I don’t think Jolie tries to smear him she simply tells the truth after being attacked by his PR, Him, his fans, the media, sited like TMZ, his lawyer, his HW friends. Remember the talk shows slamming her when he lawyer told the reasons she left. Drugs and alcohol. People forget the drug part.
      His fans want to say the kids will tell on her when they become adults but it looks like the opposite. So they want to say she has brainwashed them. lol
      I think it is best for Pitt and his PR to leave her alone because if she starts to tell its gonna be hell. I think she is trying to respect her kids not him.
      She is gonna all the way back to reason HE TOLD her he left Aniston if she keeps going along with the program. Because she lied too.

  21. Cee says:

    What she says about adoption should be written in guidebooks whenever parents wish to adopt both locally and internationally. Not everyone is cut out for being adoptive parents, especially to kids from foreign countries and different ethnicities.

    • Sidewithkids says:

      So true. Did y’all hear about the couple that gave up the Asian baby? They were profiting off him for YouTube only. So sad.

  22. Say what says:

    Angie has every right to defend her kids because Pitt won’t say nothing to help or defend them. He spent this whole award season lying, taking jabs at her, faking a love affair with Aniston and the rags ate it up. She was referring to them too. Leave the kids alone and quit lying on them.
    He ain’t hurt. He white male priviledge is too much for me to stomach.
    The brother kissing stuff, blood vials and sexiness isn’t a dip in the bucket for his mess.
    Those things were minor and magnified in the press for click bait as they are doing now.
    Aniston was on board until they started lying about Shi telling her mom she wanted to live with her so she issued as statement, how nice!

  23. MJM says:

    I am glad she spoke up and I am tired of Brad and his pr shenanigans. He has powerful Hollywood allies and uses them to his advantage against Angie. Creep.

  24. Kay says:

    Angelina shouldn’t have said anything about Brad and just focussed on the refugee work. She hasn’t been silent she has been saying things here and there.

    I think her own PR has been a bit of a disaster she did hire people to help her initially for damage control. The Vanity Fair interview was a disaster and when she tried to sue them afterwards and she lost it set her on the wrong footing with the media. Now she just makes statements and seems to be boycotting the US press which is childish behaviour.

    People felt sympathy for Brad because she basically left him and took the children and started travelling all over the world. He had to deal with the investigations and his drug problems. What I don’t understand is why she was still having her children being filmed during this period of time. They were filmed eating spiders in Cambodia, she did a documentary and they were in it. She brought them along to press conferences and premieres of the film First They Killed My Father. Why expose your children to all that at such a difficult time.

    Families are dysfunctional – they’re not perfect. She had nannies, bodyguards and her friends and families to help her with her children. At the present moment there isn’t that much sympathy with privilege families. I think Brad’s behaviour has been awful too. They really need to stop weaponising their children and being more sensitive to their own behaviours and the people they are hurting. He might not be a great dad, but he is still their dad.

    • OriginalCarol says:

      LOL, this takes delusions to the next level here.

      “She hasn’t been silent she has been saying things here and there”>>um yeah, that’s the point that when she had something to say, she would. Unlike him who runs to the tabs whenever he needs to distract folks about his sh*it with fake romances with so and so over the last few years or when he needs to remind people that’s he’s still relevant when he has nothing promote i.e posing on his bike at the BLM protest. That’s so pathetic that I seriously get second-hand embarrassment for him.

      “Now she just makes statements and seems to be boycotting the US press which is childish behaviour”>>Don’t blame her. Why would she want to engage with them trashy tabs who used her for a punch bag? See Duchess Megan as an example. Cut them off if they keep writing lies about you!

      why did she have the children with her the whole time when deadbeat was being investigated and dealing with his substance abuse? Who the h*ll would take care of them when she’s working on projects that she’d committed to months if not years ago? Leave them with the nannies? Not likely since they all were going through the trauma of dealing with the sh*it their daddy dearest had put them through! Not with the deadbeat either since he couldn’t by law had any contact with them while he’s being investigated and mandated to go through testings and such. People knew what’s going on and why but still used excuses to put the blame on Jolie for taking steps to care for the children. And until one has to deal with what she had to go through then don’t even dare to throw stones at her or criticize her for doing what she thought is best for her children.

      “He might not be a great dad, but he is still their dad”>> so it’s okay to stay with your deadbeat of a father even though he abused and used you for a punch bag huh. Like saying the Orange one may not be a great president, but he’s still a president so stick with him no matter what. Even if his actions may kill thousands of people. Right.

      Moving on.

      • Monique says:

        Original Carol well said!

      • Kay says:

        Thats not what I said.

        She has dealt with the media badly. She had a mixed relationship with the media before Brad – lots of stories about her drug taking, relationships etc. I’m talking about magazines and newspapers not celebrity trash – she doesn’t do interviews – no engagement discussion – just statements which can make her sound cold.

        Children shouldn’t be in front of the media during difficult times, they deserve their privacy. I never said about them being with her just that they shouldn’t be in front of the cameras, after the incident they were constantly in front of the cameras.

        He will always be their dad whether he is there or not. You can’t get away from looking like your parents. I’m talking about dads not Presidents.

        Refugees are an important best to stick to those issues and when talking about them.

      • ennie says:

        I think this has been discussed way before…

        Kay, you might be misinformed, I don’t blame you, if you are not regularly informed o WHO Angelina really is, and what she has done for year, then you’l be consuming the cr*p regularly written abut her where they just want clicks, also, if you read the comments, mean misinformed people always attack her.
        She is much more than that.
        It appears to you that she took them here and there, but cannot remember that this divorce has been drug out years now.
        She practically stopped working around the time of her divorce, she was actually doing very few projects even including those which she wrote, produced and directed.
        I did a quick search here at celebicthy, and … they separated in 2016, September. She and the kids were in Cambodia in February 2017, where they did the eating bugs videos. They were there a few days, since the actual documentary was filmed in 2015 way before the separation.
        Brad was also working at the time in his war films, IIRC. HE did not need to do those films back to back. If we are strict, he could have taken the time to stay with his family instead of grueling flights to see each other shortly and exchange the children , as they did. In 2018 she did Maleficent and over a year later, she went to a few premieres and took some of the kids to some premieres.

        Now, let’s check Brad, just for fun, I know he gets a pass anyway:
        HE filmed war machine in the second half of 2015.
        HE was filming that war spy movie Allied at the same time Angelina was woking in Cambodia, the filming in locations in Europe took too long, around May or June of 2016. Allied was premiered in November on 2016and Brad was there at the premieres, and in May, 2017, Brad was working the premieres of War Machine. He’s done some magazine spreads like GQ, with him crying in the pictures, a critic called it “performative recovery”.
        I get that he must have something good inside, to get AJ to be with him for a long time, but I bet some of that time was AJ trying to keep their family together. HE said himself, that she carried most responsibilities of managing and raising the kiddos.
        Gosh, after seeing that GQ picture spread, let Angelina say whatever she wants. He was pathetic, it was better to just try to reign’s addictions and violence outbursts that pose in Princess Kaguya style, broken, lying on the sand with he sky above, pffffff.

    • Kay says:

      Angelina Jolie did an interview with GMA around Feb 2017 with George S. she was in Cambodia and had her premiere for her movie First They Killed my Father there – her children were all there and filmed at the premiere. She also gave her BBC interview in Cambodia. Then travelled everywhere with her kids to promote the film. She has enough staff to help her with the kids – her brother helped too.

      I do think having better media support when she was going through all this would have helped her with the attacks she had. The whole divorce and allegations was very messy. I think she was having problems with her marriage before the incident on the plane took place and she had already decided to divorce him. It isn’t that she shouldn’t say anything – it’s the way she says it.

      As for Brad his behaviour has been vindictive. He is only hurting his kids with his actions and the whole PR stunt with JA at the awards was tacky and cringeworthy. His speeches at the awards were undignified. When he got asked questions at the Oscars about his kids he struggled to answer them. I have no idea why he became abusive in his marriage as his previous relationships were not abusive. He has talked about toxic masculinity and I think he does have an aggressive side to him which doesn’t help if you are drinking and taking drugs. Hopefully he is changing and he still needs to improve his relationship with Angelina Jolie and take action against the stories that come out about his children. It doesn’t help when people around him including some members of his family who live off his fame and money make demeaning comments about Angelina. Hopefully they can become better parents for their children.

      • Skyblue says:

        ‘I think she was having problems with her marriage before the incident on the plane took place and she had already decided to divorce him.”

        She rented a get-away rental weeks (or months?) before the incident. As with many breakups, she was just waiting for the right time.

        It’s clear he didn’t want to divorce – his first statement post-announcement said he was really sad – but he didn’t seem to be around much the last year or so of the marriage. He was photographed travelling everywhere alone and didn’t even go to one of those Kung Fu Panda premieres with her.

  25. Aubrey says:

    Pitt cheated.

    • Kay says:

      With who – Russian hookers or the French actress Marion. She made reference to her dad cheating again in the NYT article about her mother. I believe he may have cheated, although he did deny it.

    • That’s a bingo says:

      Pax says the youngest 4 tremble in Brad Pitt’s presence.

    • Socks says:

      I think they were always open physically, but emotional cheating wasn’t permitted. Just a feeling.

    • FicklePickle says:

      Angelina would have to have been stupid to think he wouldn’t. If he’ll do it with you, he’ll do it to you.

  26. Nanny says:

    A woman actually commented on an insta post… “Angelina your kids will grow up and leave you, so divorcing your husband was a mistake”
    Seriously there are terrible women in this world .

    • Elena says:

      Nanny, you got that absolutely right. Just read Kay’s.

    • Truth hurts says:

      Well she already has one grown two almost there and they haven’t left her yet. Like people need a man when their kids grow up or that she can’t find another man!

  27. SM says:

    To me, her saying “I did this for wellbeing of the kids” sounds like something that indicates bit that something really horrible happened on the plane but that his behaviours that indicate he was not fit to be a father just piled up for a long time and there was the last straw. I mean his constant act of a some Hollywood heartthrob bachelor only remembering he has kids when there is an Oscar in sight indicates the same thing.

  28. Summer says:

    In all honesty, Angelina has stayed fairly quiet and not in the limelight very much the past few years. I think these statements, which she has made before, are a gentle reminder. I don’t fault her.

  29. Kay says:

    It’s Angelina Jolie who is Hollywood Royalty and everyone knows it – she needs to get out and own her crown.

  30. SJR says:

    The kids are being raised by a parent who is putting their safety and happiness ahead of their own temporary happiness.

    As a Mom, I completely understand and agree with this decision.
    AJ will have her pick of partners whenever she cares to move forward with her personal life.
    She had an unconventional childhood herself, she understands the priorities.

    Btw, it is not the job of the primary parent to “make him/her” be a better parent.
    That is on the lousy parent to improve. Pitt/Cruise I am talking to you.

    • Truth hurts says:

      I agree 100%. He wanted the judge to make her persuade the kids Was safe to be around! But why did they think that in the first place?
      I’m am exhausted and disgusted of his PR and good ole midwestern aww shucks facade. I’m so over it and the constant barrage of hate thrown at AJ. She didn’t destroy his relationship with them he did. The media wants to paint a different picture and in imagine she doesn’t want the world to know what happened but if they keep knocking her for no reason and he doesn’t defend his kids them what choice does she have.

  31. Tashiro says:

    @YEVETTE @CASE I agree with everything you’ve said.

  32. Brittney says:

    Looks like just jared Phitt groupies had their screaming matches and then hopped back to other groupie site nofemale first to attack The very thin skinned fanbase 😂😂😂

  33. Sarah says:

    Respect Angelina Jolie, you carry on living your life. And carry on ghosting your haters.

  34. Brittney says:

    After all the award reason open attacks on Angelina and kids, and photo op reunion for publicity with ex Jennifer Aniston. And daily attacks on kids in media is it any wonder Brad Pitt Alienated himself by his own actions in his kids eyes. No amount of one sides leaking helped to get his his 50% custody , did it. 4 years and counting. Still not seen with a singld kid adopted or bio kids, even playing the fake privacy tale has worn out it welcome.

  35. Wolfie says:

    It’s pretty cool Ang speaks fluent Cambodian and Vietnamese since adopting her sons. 🤨

    • MissMolly says:

      LOL – she can’t even speak English in a fluent way in interviews at the RC’s. If she can’t read the text from a sheet of paper or doesn’t have a teleprompter, she stutters mercilessly. The same with her articles at NYT, she has a ghostwriter, one of the english witches writes the article for her, she paid them well. And you do think she actually speaks fluent Cambodian and Vietnamese? What a joke!

    • Kay says:

      She cannot speak fluent French. Her twins should also learn French as they were born there and have a house there.