The 45-year-old Maleficent actresses made a rare reference to the former power couple’s split in an interview with Vogue on Friday.
‘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,’ she told the magazine.
Family first: Angelina Jolie revealed her decision was made for the ‘wellbeing’ of her family to Vogue on Friday; 2012
The Oscar winner went on to describe her children as ‘six very brave, very strong young people.’
Before giving birth to her three youngest children Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, Jolie became a mom to Maddox, 18, Pax, 16 and Zahara, 15, through adoption.
When about about the process, she that the words ‘adoption’ and ‘orphanage’ are ‘positive words’ in their home.
Busy mom: Before giving birth to her three youngest children Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, Jolie became a mom to Maddox, 18, Pax, 16 and Zahara, 15, through adoption; pictured in 2019
‘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,’ she explained.
She also stressed her belief that non-biological children should never ‘lose touch with where they came from.’
‘They have roots that you do not. Honor them. Learn from them. It’s the most amazing journey to share,’ the humanitarian noted.
Heritage: She also stressed her belief that non-biological children should never ‘lose touch with where they came from’ (seen in 2017)
The movie stars, who met in 2004 while filming Mr. And Mrs. Smith.
They married in August 2014 after 10 years together but Angelina filed for divorce in September 2016.
A judge granted them both legal single status on April 12, 2019 while finalizing their divorce.
The former lovebirds have agreed on a custody agreement for their kids and are currently sorting out property and finances, specifically who gets Miraval, their French winery and the place they tied the knot.
According to The Blast, Brad filed documents to the court asking to appoint a private judge to enable their discussions to continue, a request the star agreed with.
The LA County Court agreed, as long as the pair paid for the judge’s time themselves, and a stipulation order was put in place to ‘Extend Appointment of Privately Compensated Temporary Judge.’
The duo are still not officially divorced, as of court documents as recent as April 2020, according to Entertainment Tonight.
The outlet revealed that Brad filed paperwork for a stipulation and order about their ‘education and transitional support’ for their kids on March 16.
The Blast revealed that the stipulation said that the former couple agreed on a ‘traditional’ approach for their children’s education.
She recently told Madame Figaro magazine her split from Brad was ‘a complicated moment’ and that she ‘didn’t recognize herself anymore.’
Angelina said the moment when her ‘relationship was coming to an end’ was when she ‘had lost’ herself a bit.
On the separation: ‘I felt a deep and genuine sadness, I was hurt,’ and that she felt ‘smaller, almost insignificant, even if it wasn’t necessarily obvious.’
In 2016, Brad and Maddox allegedly got into an argument on a private jet while on the way to Los Angeles, which led to Angelina filing for divorce that year. Brad was later cleared of any wrongdoing, reports the magazine.
Maddox has chosen not to have a relationship with Brad even though Angelina has tried to mend fences, according to Us Weekly.
‘Maddox hasn’t been receptive, And for Brad, it’s a tremendous loss.’
Maddox, who is at college in South Korea, was adopted by Angelina in March 2002 in Cambodia; Brad later adopted him when the actors began their relationship.
Brad was noticeably absent when Angelina took Maddox to drop him off at the Yonsei University in Seoul where he is studying biochemistry.
Us Weekly also claimed that Brad is estranged from Pax, 15. And a source noted that with Maddox overseas, Brad feels he can work on his relationship with Pax.