For the first time since filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie has opened up about the split in an interview with BBC World News' Yalda Hakim while in Cambodia promoting her new film First They Killed My Father.
Along with discussing why the film was so important to her and how excited she was to return to the country that was her "awakening" and the birthplace of her son Maddox, the actress and director eventually addressed the split, as well as how her family had been coping.
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and 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,” she said.
"Many, many people find themselves in this situation,” she continued. "My family, we’ve all being through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children, and my focus is finding this way through. As I said, we are and forever will be a family. 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.”
The 41-year-old also opened up about how her family has been working to reestablish a new version of normal.
“It’s been a difficult few months. Right now, I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room,” she said. “Two dogs, two hamsters, and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. 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.”
Hakim then asked the actress where she saw herself in five years’ time, when all of her children—Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne—would be teenagers or older.
"At that stage, I hope just standing,” she joked. “In five years’ time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they’re just happy and doing really interesting things, and I imagine in many different parts of the world, and I’ll be supporting them.”
“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,” Jolie continued. “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."
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.