Angelina Jolie shares rare photo with children for Vogue

‘I wanted it to be close to their dad’: Angelina Jolie poses with the kids outside their stunning LA home that is just five minutes from ex Brad Pitt – as she says she is now ‘focused on healing’ after ‘hard few years’

  • The 45-year-old spoke out about her split from fellow actor Brad, 57, while posing with her children at their LA home for a new British Vogue shoot 
  • She admitted that it has been a ‘pretty hard few years’ in the wake of her 2016 separation from the actor but said she has ‘come through a few things’ 
  • Jolie added that she feels as though her happiness ‘is slowly coming back’ but confessed that she is ‘not there yet’ 
  • The actress and director is now living in the former estate of famed director Cecil B. DeMille, and says she bought it so her kids could be close to their dad
  • Brad lives just five minutes away from the Hollywood property  

Angelia Jolie has revealed she is focused on ‘healing our family’ after struggling through a ‘pretty hard few years’ amid her bitter divorce from Brad Pitt.

The 45-year-old actress admitted that she is still dealing with the fallout from her 2016 split from Pitt, 57, but said that she finally feels as though her happiness is ‘slowly coming back’. 

In an interview with British Vogue editor Edward Enninful, Jolie shared some insight into how her life has changed since the end of her marriage, while posing for photos alongside her children at their $25 million Los Angeles home – which she says she bought because it is just five minutes away from Pitt’s house. 

‘I wanted it to be close to their dad, who is only five minutes away,’ she said of the sprawling property, which was once owned by late director Cecil B DeMille.   

The screen star and humanitarian spoke of how ‘the ice [is] melting and the blood returning to my body’ as she works to heal her family from the tumultuous time. 

Family: Angelia Jolie shares the spotlight with children Zahara, 16 and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12, at their historic family home in LA in a newly released photo from British Vogue

Mom life: Another photo for Vogue shows the star styling her son Maddox’s hair at home

A new black and white shot sees Angelina, dressed in a sleeveless white top, seated at the table as her kids tuck into a delicious meal.

Another photo shows the doting mother styling her eldest son Maddox’s hair in the bathroom of their LA home. 

The photos were taken when Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, caught up with the actress in her LA home to discuss her family and work. 

The accompanying interview sees Angelina reflecting on her life since the end of her 12-year relationship with Brad.

The humanitarian has been single ever since she separated from fellow thespian Brad in September 2016, following two years of marriage.  

Reflecting: The accompanying interview sees Angelina, 45, reflecting on her life since the end of her 12-year relationship with Brad Pitt, 57 

The former couple are said to be ‘in a better place’ after battling over finances and the custody of their children.

Confessing she ‘doesn’t know’ whether she’s currently happy, Angelina insisted to Vogue that she has a positive outlook on the future.

The Girl, Interrupted star shared: ‘The past few years have been pretty hard. I’ve been focusing on healing our family. It’s slowly coming back, like the ice melting and the blood returning to my body.

‘I’m looking forward to my fifties – I feel that I’m gonna hit my stride in my fifties. Though we were on the trampoline the other day, and the children said, ”No, Mom, don’t do that. You’ll hurt yourself.” And I thought, ”God, isn’t that funny?” 

‘The past few years have been pretty hard’: The humanitarian has been single ever since she separated from fellow thespian Brad, 57, in September 2016 (pictured in 2011)

‘There was a day I was an action star, and now the kids are telling me to get off the trampoline because I’ll hurt myself.’  

Angelina insists she doesn’t view herself as ‘a traditional stay-at-home mum’ as she was ‘was never very good at sitting still’, but she does credit her six kids for ‘helping’ her motherhood journey.  

On juggling her career with looking after her kids, the Tomb Raider icon told the publication: ‘Well, I was never very good at sitting still.

‘Even though I wanted to have many children and be a mom, I always imagined it kind of like Jane Goodall, travelling in the middle of the jungle somewhere. I didn’t imagine it in that true, traditional sense. 

‘I feel like I’m lacking in all the skills to be a traditional stay-at-home mom. I’m managing through it because the children are quite resilient, and they’re helping me, but I’m not good at it at all.’  

‘I’m not good at it at all’: The actress, 45, admitted she doesn’t view herself as ‘a traditional stay-at-home mum’ as she touched on her ‘hard’ few years and approaching her fifties

Angelina filed to absolve her marriage to Brad in 2016, saying in a June 2020 interview with Vogue India that it was for ‘the well-being of my family,’ adding ‘it was the right decision.’ 

It was reported at the time that Pitt had gotten into an alcohol-fueled violent screaming match with Jolie, prompting eldest son Maddox, 19, to defend his mother. 

Jolie was granted temporary custody over all six children and Brad was granted visitation rights with a court-appointed therapist present. 

In 2018, a court ruled in favor of Brad after he alleged that Angelina was preventing the children from having a consistent relationship with him. He was given a temporary summer custody that allowed him to spend time with the kids without Jolie present. 

‘They’re helping me’: The screen star co-parents Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox (pictured in 2019) with ex Brad Pitt

She then alleged that summer that he had not been paying ‘meaningful’ child support for over a year, with Pitt retorting that he had loaned Angelina $8M and given an additional $1.8M to help with bills. 

The custody trial was supposed to begin in November 2018 but the two reached an agreement instead, with ET reporting that it was in the best interest of the children and eliminated the need for a trial. 

Pitt was granted less than 50 percent custody of the kids despite wanting equal joint custody, prompting him to continue fighting for what he saw fit in another trial.  

‘I’ve been focusing on healing our family’: The former couple are said to be ‘in a better place’ after battling over finances and the custody of their children (pictured in 2015)

The pair were ruled ‘legally single’ in April 2020 but the status did not finalize the divorce or the custody battle.  

Brad continues to seek joint custody with a trial  that was scheduled for October, as he compiled a list of over 20 witnesses to strengthen his case. 

The couple had already decided that Maddox was not a custody consideration and could decide when he wanted to see Brad as he was no longer a minor. 

Many details of the trial have been kept under wraps, though a decision was purported to be expected at their next trial which was scheduled for December 21.  

In her latest interview with Vogue, the Unbroken star also touched on her role as the special envoy from the UN Refugee Agency. 

Angelina shared: ‘I started in my early twenties, putting on my boots and backpack, and going out to try and figure out what the hell was going on in the world. 

‘I tried to give myself a broader education than I’d had at school. I grew up in a very empty place, in many ways, so had to go to find a wider understanding.’

The activist went on to admit she believes the perception of refugees has ‘worsened’ over time, explaining: ‘We speak as if refugees are a burden. But they’ve had to adapt. They have a different skill set, a different look in their eye. 

‘They’ve confronted their own humanity in such a profound way. They’ve stood up to oppression. We should honour their fight. Honour the people who’ve fled bombs and protected their kids.’ 

‘I’m gonna hit my stride in my fifties’: Confessing she ‘doesn’t know’ whether she’s happy, the Girl, Interrupted star insisted she has a positive outlook on the future (pictured in 2019)

Stressing the importance of teaching global citizenship to her kids, she added: ‘They are from across the globe. When I see Mad in Cambodia, it’s his home. 

‘He is a Cambodian man, and at the same time, he is also an American citizen and a global citizen. But it’s not just important for him to go there, it’s important for his siblings to go there, too. 

Out soon! See the full feature in the March issue of British Vogue from February 5

‘We’ve been very blessed to have a family of different cultures and races. We are all learning from each other.’

The Maleficent star first took on her humanitarian duties following her trip to Cambodia for Tomb Raider back in 2000. 

She visited the Asian country – where she met and subsequently adopted Maddox with ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton – for a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) field mission.

The TV and film star later travelled to Pakistan, where she donated $1 million (£821,980) in response to an emergency appeal. 

Angelina – who co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative nine years ago – has since taken a hands-on approach in promoting a number of causes, including education, women’s rights and conservation. 

All 27 international Vogues are dedicating their March issues to Creativity. Each issue is a celebration of those who encourage us to look at life in a new way, featuring portfolios of the brightest young stars in fashion, music, art and film, alongside inspiring editorials and extraordinary fashion through each Vogue’s local lens. 

See the full feature in the March issue of British Vogue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 5th February. 

Important: The TV and film star has taken a hands-on approach in her humanitarian duties ever since her trip to Cambodia for Tomb Raider back in 2000 (pictured in Maddox in 2003)

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