Angelina Jolie is now discussing her split from Brad Pitt after the actress-activist filed for divorce last year. Jolie appeared on Good Morning America today where she was asked about how her children are coping with the divorce.
“We are focusing on the health of our family,” she told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, while stressing how great of a father Pitt is to their kids. “We will be stronger when we come out of this because that’s what we’re determined to do as a family. We will always be a family, always.”
The GMA interview was the second time Jolie opened up about the divorce, as she spoke with BBC News earlier this week.
“Many, many people find themselves in this situation. My whole family…we’ve all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children, and my focus is finding this way through," she revealed while holding back tears. "We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer. It’s been a difficult few months.”
The actress did her Good Morning America interview from Cambodia, where she is directing her upcoming film First They Killed My Father. It is based human rights activist Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir of the same name, which recalls her heartbreaking experience as an orphan under Khmer Rouge's regime.
“Forty years ago, this war affected every single individual here and I wanted to understand [it] myself. I don’t know much of my son’s [Maddox] birth parents, but I believe they would’ve gone through this war," she said of the country of Cambodia. “I wanted to understand him and his culture in a deeper way, and I wanted to bring this story to this country in this country’s language, and I wanted to tell the story of Luong Ung, who’s a dear friend of mine.”
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September citing irreconcilable differences. She reportedly sought joint legal custody of their six children—not joint physical custody—with visitation rights for Pitt. The former couple released a joint statement last month explaining they are now using a private judge to keep the details of their lawsuit under wraps for the sake of their children.
As Jolie works on First They Killed My Father (to be released on Netflix), Pitt is filming the upcoming comedy War Machine.