Angelina Jolie has opened up about her divorce from Brad Pitt for the first time since their September split. In an intimate interview with BBC World News on Sunday, she said that the separation had been a “very difficult time” for the family.
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time,” Jolie said. “We are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it.”
Jolie, who married Pitt in 2014 after meeting him on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2003, has sole custody of her and Pitt’s six children. Keeping her focus on them, she said, is how she’s been coping.
“My whole family have all been through a difficult time,” she said. “My focus is my children—our children—and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family, and so that is how I am coping. 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.”
For now, Jolie and the kids (and their pets) are staying close together and working to find some normality. “I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room. Two hamsters, two dogs and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful,” she added lightly. “But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get [the] dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.”
As for what’s to come, Jolie hopes to “be traveling around the world visiting my children” in five years.
“Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of and the world as it should be seen,” she elaborated. “Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people.”