Angelina Jolie’s Post-Divorce Struggle Is So Relatable

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Since news of their divorce in September dominated headlines around the globe, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have remained relatively private about their family affairs. Naturally, it surprised us when the actress-turned-director addressed the separation in a video interview with BBC World News over the weekend to promote the world premiere of her new true-to-life film, First They Killed My Father. It marked her first major public appearance since filing for divorce, and she admitted that the last few months have been tough for her and her family.

“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time,” she said, holding back tears. “We are a family, and we always will be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it.”

Angelina married Brad in 2014 after 10 years together, and the two share six children of whom she requested full custody. She said that focusing on their children has helped her cope with the split.

“I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room. Two hamsters, two dogs and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful,” she said. “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.”

When it comes to matters of the heart, celebrities often struggle just like us.