So how is Hollywood Angelina Jolie faring since the Brangelina split? The actress has lately opened up about her separation from actor Brad Pitt, when she also confessed to having “the hardest time” and claiming to have spent months as a homemaker, doing dishes and cleaning up dog poop. Jolie, 42, filed for divorce last September, citing irreconcilable differences. She accused her Oscarwinning ex-husband of hitting their teenage son on a flight from France to Los Angeles, sparking tabloid gossip and an FBI probe.
The 53-year-old Brad Pitt was cleared by the FBI and social workers and he wants joint legal and physical custody of their children Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 9. But Jolie is insisting on having sole guardianship. Jolie told in an interview with Vanity Fair that “things got bad” in the summer of 2016. She described it as the hardest time, and that they were just kind of coming up for air, shortly after moving into a USD25-million sixbedroom, 10-bathroom home with her children in Los Angeles neighborhood Los Feliz. She sought to portray herself as focused on homemaking in the aftermath of the split despite a legendarily itinerant life which has seen her buy homes and travel with her children all over the world. She said that she just wanted to make the proper breakfast and keep the house, because that is her passion. She is also taking cooking classes at the request of her kids. For last nine months since the separation from Brad Pitt, she has been trying to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories to her children. Jolie also said that she has been getting better at all three.
When the actress joked to her youngest son Knox about pretending to be normal, she recounted with pride what he said in reply. He replied that they are not normal and should never be normal. She also said she had been determined to shield the children. She does not want her children to be worried about her and she thinks it is very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. Pitt admitted in his first post-split interview in May that heavy drinking contributed to the breakdown of his marriage, and said he was now a teetotaler. He and Jolie had been a couple since 2004, and got married in 2014. Jolie, who underwent a double mastectomy and removal of her ovaries in 2013 to prevent an aggressive form of cancer that killed her mother, grandmother and aunt, also told Vanity Fair that she had developed Bell’s palsy. Acupuncture, she said, led to a full recovery. The actress won an Oscar in 2000 for portraying a young woman with psychiatric problems in Girl, Interrupted. Her most recent project was to direct First They Killed My Father about the Cambodian genocide.