Angelina Jolie’s kids with Brad Pitt may be in the midst of a major adjustment but luckily for the youngsters, both parents have made them a priority.
Months after Angelina Jolie shocked fans when she suddenly filed for divorce from the 53-year-old actor after two years of marriage and 12 years together, Brad Pitt spoke out about his mental state and the ongoing rumors regarding his involvement in their breakup.
“I’ve got no secrets,” Brad Pitt told the Associated Press earlier this week, according to a report by Us Weekly on May 16. “We’re human and I find the human condition very interesting. If we’re not talking about it, then we’re not getting better.”
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September of last year and requested a judge grant her full physical custody of 15-year-old Maddox, 13-year-old Pax, 12-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and eight-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. In the months that followed, Brad Pitt was able to see his kids only under the supervision of a monitor and his visits were few and far between.
Luckily, after feuding heavily for the first several months after their split, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have agreed to a much more lenient arrangement. In fact, Pitt was believed to have had his first overnight visit with his kids in early April. As an Entertainment Tonight report revealed at the time, the home, which is located in Los Feliz, had been quite quiet in the months since Brad Pitt’s split from the 41-year-old actress, aside from the daily presence of hired help.
As Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt continue to adjust to their new custody arrangement, which may or may not be permanent, Pitt has been spending his time “keeping the ship afloat” and “figuring out the new configuration of our family.”
“Kids are everything. Kids are your life. They’re taking all the focus, as they should anyway,” he explained.
As for his mental health, Brad Pitt confirmed he is not “suicidal.”
“There’s still much beauty in the world and a lot of love. And a lot of love to be given. It’s all right. It’s just life.”
Brad Pitt continued on, adding that while his professional focus previously lied on acting, he is now gravitating towards a career behind the scenes.
“I feel myself as I’m older gravitating more to the producing side than being in front of the camera,” he admitted to the Associated Press. “It’s a big commitment, a film, and it does take you away from your family. I just have to balance that. It’s not less important, itself, it’s just not as important as family.”
After splitting from her now-estranged husband last year, Angelina Jolie quickly relocated herself and her kids to a rental home in Malibu, California, which is about an hour away from the home she previously shared with Pitt in Los Feliz.
Months before Brad Pitt’s latest interview about his split, Angelina Jolie opened up about their ongoing divorce during an interview with BBC News.
“Many, many people find themselves in this situation,” she said, according to a report by People Magazine in February. “My whole, 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. We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
At the time of Angelina Jolie’s interview, the actress was in Cambodia with her kids. As fans will recall, the country is where the actress adopted her oldest son, Maddox.
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