Angelina Jolie is making a comeback in the media after dropping her son, Maddox, off at Yonsei University in South Korea, promoting the new Maleficent sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and now speaking openly about motherhood and her relationship ex-husband with Brad Pitt.
When asked about her belief in destiny, she responded saying she doesn’t know, but is finding herself again after feeling “lost” when her and Brad separated in 2016.
“I think it was at the end of my relationship with Brad and then when we separated,” she said. “It was complicated, I didn’t recognize myself anymore, and I’d become, how do I say this, smaller, insignificant, even if I didn’t show it. I was profoundly, deeply sad, I was hurt,” she admitted to Madame Le Figaro.
“On the other hand, it was interesting to tap into this humility and sense of insignificance. In the end, that’s human. And on top of that, I was dealing with some health issues. All of these things ground you and remind you of how lucky you are to be alive. It’s a lesson I pass onto my children: the idea of renewal, and through it all, the possibility of joy. I had to rediscover the joy.”
She has openly spoken about her personal life from motherhood, reconnecting with her identity, and how the two depended on each other, helping her grow. “When your kids are a certain age, you go through stages, and you want to make sure they’re safe and you want to make sure they understand certain values,” she said to Extra, “And then you get to a place where you’ve done a lot of that, and you feel that they’re good and you also want them to know joy, and it brings back a part of you that is fun and alive and silly.”
She continued to beautifully mention, “You have it in waves when they’re little, but when they’re older, they want to know you because they need to get through life and all the hardships in life, and they need how to weather those punches. And so you don’t just teach them how to survive it, you teach them how to thrive and manage it, so that takes a different level of spirit.”