Angelina Jolie was 'broken' after Brad Pitt divorce, says she did it for kids and is focused on their healing

Jolie said her character in 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' was 'very healing' for her and she's 'drawn to people who are broken and then find their way forward and overcome it'


                            Angelina Jolie was 'broken' after Brad Pitt divorce, says she did it for kids and is focused on their healing
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are embroiled in a fight over the custody of their children (Getty Images)

Branjelina was once the 'it' couple. But with the news of their break-up, their collective fan following was heartbroken too. Ahead of the release of her upcoming HBO movie 'Those Who Wish Me Dead', Angelina Jolie shed light on her feelings since her divorce with Brad Pitt even as their custody battle is still on.

Their children include 18-year-old Maddox, 17-year-old Pax, 16-year-old Zahara, 14-year-old Shiloh, and 12-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The duo is currently embroiled in a fight over the custody of the five younger kids as her oldest child Maddox is an adult and can choose which parent to spent time with.

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Angelina Jolie with children Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt attend "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind" Special Screening at Crosby Street Hotel on February 25, 2019 in New York City (Getty Images)

In a conversation with Entertainment Tonight, Jolie shared how shooting the film, 'Those Who Wish Me Dead', was "very healing" for her. Apparently, she was "drawn" to the film's character, firefighter Hannah Faber who suffers from PTSD. 

So what is about the movie that helped her come to terms with her own situation? Jolie says it was the chance to depict someone getting back up after being left "broken".

'Healing' process

"I am drawn to people who have been through something and are broken and then find their way forward and overcome it," she told during her conversation. "As an artist, it's very healing to play people like that. She's been very healing for me, because you just get so broken and then you stand back up".

Actor Brad Pitt (L) and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

'Broken'

It is no surprise that the divorce with Brad Pitt was not an easy one for Jolie. In a 2017 interview with Vanity Fair, the actress said she wanted to cry at the fallout of their breakup but not in front of the children. Therefore, she let out her emotions while taking a shower. "I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is," Jolie said at the time.

Actor Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at Narita International Airport with their children (L to R) Pax Thien, Knox, Zahara and Shiloh on January 27, 2009 in Narita, Chiba, Japan. Brad is visiting Japan to promote his film "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button". (Getty Images) 

Change in the course of life and career

The 'By the Sea' creator recently admitted she had returned to acting because her split with Pitt meant that she would have to let go of long-time directing projects for the time being. She said, "I love directing, but I had a change in my family situation that's not made it possible for me to direct for a few years. I needed to just do shorter jobs and be home more, so I kind of went back to doing a few acting jobs. That's really the truth of it."

'Right decision' for the kids

Jolie had previously openly discussed how divorce with Brad Pitt is important for the well-being of the family. "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," she reportedly told Vogue last year. 

Angelina Jolie with her children Knox Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of Disney's "Dumbo" at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)