In a recent interview to promote her new movie ‘First They Killed My Father’, Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie, made some revelations about life after her divorce from Brad Pitt last September.
Speaking to Telegraph in a Beverly Hills hotel suite, the actress said: “This is the first time I have done this for a long time. It’s not easy. I am a little shy this time, because I am not as strong inside as I have been in the past.”
On being a single mother-of-six, Jolie said:
“I don’t enjoy being single. It’s not something I wanted. There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard. Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together, but really I am just trying to get through my days.”
Apart from dealing with her divorce, 42-year-old Angelina Jolie has had to deal with what she described to The Telegraph as “some other health issues.”
She said: “So my health is something I have to monitor.”
The actress went through a preventative double mastectomy four years ago and later had her ovaries removed. Earlier, she opened up to Vanity Fair about her recent struggles with hypertension and Bell’s palsy, which caused one side of her face to droop. She used acupuncture to manage her condition, but says that perspective has been the best medicine.
Angelina Jolie told The Telegraph: “So much in life you just focus on how much worse it could be. And I am so happy I don’t have cancer, and that if I do get it, it will be delayed for a few years. The exchange for that peace of mind is quite good. I feel sometimes that my body has taken a hit, but I try to laugh as much as possible.”
She explained that she’s had to be strong because of her kids who keep her looking for the silver lining.
“We tend to get so stressed that our children feel our stress when they need to feel our joy. Even if you are going through chemo, you need to find the ability to love and laugh. It may sound like a postcard, but it’s true.”
Continuing Jolie said:
“The children have been amazing. It’s been so moving to see how much they have helped each other and how much they have helped me. They have really come into their own and they are finding themselves and their voices. I know that they will have each other for life and it gives me great peace to know the day I pass away that they will take care of each other.”
As her kids continue to grow, Jolie believes it may be time for her to “rediscover a little bit of the old me.”
“I think we lose our way a bit. I have had a lot happen in my life, from certain people passing to health issues to raising the children,” she said.
“And it’s been a very good time to absorb and develop and grow. But maybe now that my kids are growing up I am starting to realize that my own sense of play has been put on hold for a while. And maybe them hitting their teens is going to bring out a little more fun in mom.”