A visibly emotional Angelina revealed that the split has been a “difficult time”, but she’s hoping the family will move forward “closer and stronger”.
The world was shocked in September last year when Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after 12 years as a couple and two years of marriage.
It was alleged that there had been an “incident” on board a private flight from Europe to California involving Brad and their children days before she filed for divorce.
Four days after the alleged incident, Angelina filed for divorce and sole custody of their six children. Child welfare officers eventually cleared Brad of wrongdoing and the FBI decided against any further investigation.
Since then, the pair have been involved in a contentious custody battle.
In his court filings, Brad accused Angelina of having “no self-regulating mechanism” to prevent sensitive information from being made public, and having “other motives” for doing so. Meanwhile, she stated that Brad is attempting to “publicly impugn” her character, deflecting from the “media storm” surrounding the initial report of the alleged incident between him and their children.
A custody agreement was eventually reached that decided the children will remain with Angelina and continue “therapeutic visits” with Brad.
Angelina has now spoken emotionally about the split for the first time since she filed divorce papers.
During an interview with BBC World, Angelina was asked whether she wanted to say anything about the “incident” that led to the separation.
A visibly emotional Angelina responded that she didn’t want to “say very much” about the incident. However, she did say: “It was a very difficult time. But we are a family, and we will always be a family.”
She went on to emphasise how “difficult” she’d found the divorce.
“It was very difficult,” she said. “Many people find themselves in this situation. My whole family have all been through a difficult time.”
But Angelina concluded by saying she hoped the split would eventually make the family “stronger”.
She said: “My focus is my children. Our children. We are and forever will be a family, so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”