Jolie also shared details about being attacked by Harvey Weinstein early in her career. In an interview with The Guardian, Jolie candidly spoke on her divorce from Pitt while also promoting her new book “Know Your Rights.”
“I … I’m still in my own legal situation,” the mother said, which also include allegations of child abuse pointed at Pitt. Jolie claims she was scared for her family during the entirety of the marriage.
“I’m not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly,” she divulged to the outlet. “It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children.”
Jolie and Pitt share six children: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. Maddox is not included in the ongoing custody battle as he is no longer a minor.
Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 and Pitt was cleared of child abuse allegations made by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services regarding an incident between him and Maddox on a plane from the US to Europe.
And while the two are legally divorced, they continue to battle over custody of their children.
Pitt was originally granted joint custody of the former couple’s five minor children in May by Judge John W. Ouderkirk, but a California appeals court disqualified Ouderkirk due to him not disclosing business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys.
Ouderkirk, who declined to disqualify himself from their divorce when Jolie requested he do so in a 2020 court filing, has a long history with the family — including marrying Pitt and Jolie in 2014.
When asked about the last five years, Jolie admitted how the divorce had been “traumatic” and added: “I mean, in some ways it’s been the last decade. There’s a lot I can’t say … I think at the end of the day, even if you and a few people you love are the only people who know the truth of your life, what you fight for, or what you sacrifice, or what you’ve suffered, you come to be at peace with that, regardless of everything going on around you.”
Another sore spot in the couple’s marriage was Pitt’s enthusiasm to work with rapist Weinstein who, she claims, abused her.
“It was beyond a pass, it was something I had to escape,” said Jolie, who starred in Weinstein’s “Playing by Heart” when she was 21.
“I stayed away and warned people about him. I remember telling Jonny, my first husband, who was great about it, to spread the word to other guys – don’t let girls go alone with him. I was asked to do ‘The Aviator’, but I said no because he was involved. I never associated or worked with him again. It was hard for me when Brad did.”
“We fought about (Weinstein’s involvement),” Jolie said, noting of her then husband’s glee to work with Weinstein, “Of course it hurt.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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