Angelina Jolie is going solo for Vanity Fair

“We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal” says Angelina Jolie in her first ever post-break up interview to Vanity Fair. 

In the Angelina Jolie Solo” feature the magazine gives Jolie the chance to bring her part of the story into the limelight after her ex-husband Brad Pitt opened up to GQ Style in a bombshell of an interview. “In the story, Pitt talked about the circumstances surrounding the divorce, admitting that he had quit drinking and was working toward becoming a better man. By nearly all accounts, the Michael Paterniti-penned profile was great for Pitt, who had taken a significant hit to his image with tabloid and TMZ reports of an alleged altercation on a private plane between Pitt and their son Maddox. Jolie has kept quiet until now” reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Now it is Jolie’s turn with Vanity Fair’s extended cover story featuring the 42-year-old actress, filmmaker, humanitarian and mother of six penned by the magazine’s contributing editor Evgenia Peretz and lensed by photographer duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Below are a few highlights of the controversial interview.

Jolie on those rumors

Jolie swatted down talk that the couple’s globe-trotting lifestyle got in the way of their marriage. “[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative,” she says. “That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children … They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them. … They’ve been very brave. They were very brave.” As for the family unit, Jolie contends that everyone is on the upswing, though she prefers to keep it vague. “We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing … They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some … from life, from things in life.”

Jolie on her emotions

“I was very worried about my mother, growing up — a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.” As for her relationship with Pitt and whether they’re able to communicate now, she offers: “We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal.”

Jolie on her health

Jolie, who suffers from hypertension, reveals that she had developed Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes one side of the face to droop as a result to damage to the facial nerves. She fully recovered thanks to acupuncture, she tells the mag. Of the scare, she notes, “Sometimes women in families put themselves last … until it manifests itself in their own health.” The 42-year-old also opens up about finding more gray hairs. “I can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had,” she says. “I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete.”

Jolie on her directin

Jolie’s next project, which was recently announced to be in the lineup at this fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, is the adaptation of First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir of the Khmer Rouge genocide. Shot in Cambodia and presented in the Khmer language, the film is a Netflix original. Maddox, along with the rest of the brood, had active roles on set.

Jolie on family

Jolie has long had a challenged relationship with her father, actor Jon Voight. The two have been estranged for some time, but she has recently welcomed him back into her life. “He’s been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time,” Jolie explains. “I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around. He knows kind of the rule — don’t make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who’s creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library.”

Jolie on what the future holds

Apart from promotional duties on the Netflix film, she’s got nothing on her upcoming schedule work-wise. So she’ll stay home and focus on the family. “I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, ‘Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?’ ” she asks. Still, it seems that living a big life filled with globe-trotting travel and major work commitments isn’t gone for good. “I never woke up and thought, I really want to live a bold life. I just can’t do the other. It’s the same as I can’t make a casserole. I cannot sit still,” she admits. “I’ve been trying for nine months to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories. And I’m getting better at all three. But now I need to get my boots on and go hang, take a trip.”

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