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Angelina Jolie Gets Candid About Split From Brad Pitt, Bell's Palsy Diagnosis & More in 'Vanity Fair'

Angelina Jolie Gets Candid About Split From Brad Pitt, Bell's Palsy Diagnosis & More in 'Vanity Fair'

Angelina Jolie looks stunning on the cover of Vanity Fair‘s September 2017 issue.

Here’s what the actress, director, and humanitarian had to share…

On her split from Brad Pitt: “It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air. [This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal as our family….things got bad…I don’t want to use that word…Things became ‘difficult.’”

On her kids: “[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative. That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children…They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them. [They're] very brave…in times they needed to be. We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing…They’re not healing from the divorce. They’re healing from some…from life, from things in life.”

On developing hypertension and Bell’s palsy: “I can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had. Sometimes women in families put themselves last until it manifests itself in their own health. I actually feel like more of a woman because I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete.” FYI: Bell’s Palsy is characterized as sudden weakness in the muscles on one half of the face. Angelina credits acupuncture with helping her make a full recovery. Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.

On something Knox said to her: “He said, ‘Who wants to be normal? We’re not normal. Let’s never be normal.’ Thank you—yes! We’re not normal. Let’s embrace being not normal.”

FYI: Angelina is wearing Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello on the cover.

For more from Angelina, visit VanityFair.com.

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  • African Girl

    Still keeping hope alive.

    Wishing the JPs….especially Mom and Dad great strength to get through this. 🙏🙏

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Hypertension is more commonly referred to as High Blood Pressure. She needs to eat better if she’s serious about her health. I will not EVER believe she is healthy. You can’t BE that thin and be healthy. I’m not buying it.

  • Erianthe

    FYI: Bell’s Palsy is characterized as sudden weakness in the muscles on one half of the face. Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.
    —Hypertension is clinical term for high blood pressure and can be brought on by stress or other mitigating factors in one’s life. It is also brought on by having an unhealthy diet filled with fatty foods, foods high in sugar and salt (e.g. like fast food), too much alcohol, smoking, etc. Just FYI. I had to interview some doctors and write a research report on hypertension. Angie “being skinny” has nothing to do with having high blood pressure.

  • Passing Through

    Moving my comment from the previous thread…

    Sigh. VF still sucks. Repeating tabloid bullshit to fill in the story because Angie wouldn’t talk about the divorce. Just a total suck job and one of the shittiest Angie cover stories I’ve ever read.

    The pix are good and Angie has gained weight and it looks good on her. Surprised to hear about the Bell’s Palsy but NOT about the hypertension. She’s doing HRT and that can cause hyper tension plus add in the stress of the last year – and that’s not exactly a shocker.

    Still, the interview saddens me because it’s clear, to even a dumb ass like Fuzzy, that she’s still mad at Brad and all but threw him under the bus by insinuating that whatever happened on the plane is what they’re all recovering from and that the kids are NOT traumatized by the divorce, that there will be no reunion – and that she’s still repeating old patterns and running from herself as much as anyone else. She’s only in LA and in that house because it’s what the kids want and need. Otherwise she’d be long gone. She’s still in pain – but one thing’s for sure, she’s never going to get any better until she forgives Brad – and I ain’t getting the vibe that she wants to. The divorce remains unsettled and she says they’re both working toward the same goal – but obviously doesn’t say what it is. The story gives the vibe that the kids don’t give a shite that their daddy’s not around – and I highly doubt that’s the case. Basically – a sucky story by VF…

    PS – Wonder what the HB shoot was for since VF clearly got the big cover story first…

  • Beck

    I guess were gonna be here now, so I’ll bring what I was gonna say to this thread… Whatever ‘tabloidy’ sounding stuff was in the article was approved by Angie to be published as part of the story. So even if she didn’t say it, she’s not opposed to it being said.

  • bap

    True! Angelina comments about Knox’s was interesting.

  • bap

    You have admire Angelina she’s not afraid to tell the public about her illnesses. I said that her library would be her favorite room. I like her new home very much, its family home.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    I got that she’s still hurting which surprises me at this point.

    I wonder if there’s something else at play there.

    But I am hesitant to accept VF’s interpretation of anything that’s not a direct quote.

    I hope that mention about the therapy was for herself.

    I think there’s stuff she’s not facing.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    I know some people are not going to be happy since she doesn’t talk about what happened on the plane and doesn’t mention any upcoming movie roles.

  • Erianthe

    When you do an interview and then write it up later, you don’t generally go back to the person you interviewed to get their feedback or edits to your story. I’m sure Angie can request it if she wanted to do, but I don’t think she bothers. She gives an interview and moves on. The writer then takes it and spins it however they want. You’d think the writer would just do straight up reporting without all the other unnecessary drama — but that doesn’t sell — not the narrative gossipers want to read. Yes, Angie could put a stop to it but why when it will continue no matter what she says or does? You don’t see her siccing lawyers on every tab story about her — or even responding to every rumor about her. Why should it be different with Vanity Fair? She’s got her family and other priorities to think of — what people write about her or how they spin her interviews –
    that’s just white noise. There were parts of the article I like and there were parts that pissed me off. The photos are good though.

  • ali7

    She still in therapy and hopefully she will come around, she still in lot of stress with 6 kids, even she is not travelling too much these days.

  • Puma

    This amazingly awesome woman deserves so much better than the sorry ass ex husband. He gave her hypertension and Bell’s palsy. Asshole is out there cheesing it up while Angelina was suffering. Enough of that ange. Luong needs to hook her girl up with a real man. Can’t wait. She’s is fucking done with Brad Pitt tho. He did something really hurtful to her and her kids and the kids chose their mommy…

  • bap

    Angelina is putting her children first and to make sure everyone is on the path of healing. You know that’s a lot for her to carry on her shoulders, but she has done it so far with class and dignity and Not whining.

  • Erianthe

    It doesn’t surprise me that she’s still hurting and I think she’s in therapy for herself too as well as with family. I can’t imagine the family therapist NOT advising Angie that for her sake she should also get therapy for herself. Just my 2 cents.

  • Puma

    Did you get the feeling that she wanted to tell us what Brad did to the kids on that plane? She’s still pissed at him for what he did and said to Maddox.

  • Passing Through

    Erianthe • 28 minutes ago

    Just a reminder on reading this article. There are few places here and there where the writer is projecting and spinning Angie’s past and her physical behavior at times to what the writer thinks is going on with Angie and will make the story more “interesting.” Things like “Aniston being devastated” after Angie and Brad go together or Angie’s reaction when asked about Brad. She’s inserting drama where none is ever needed, especially when it comes to Angie. I’m a writer at my job and I’ve been told by my editors to spin the articles I write to make them “juicy” too — so I recognize that technique. DO NOT TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. Seriously. I’m just saying this because there were parts of it where it feeds off and will continue to feed the tabs. And it made me a little angry.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    I’m NOT a writer and I could see the “editorial interjections” from a mile away. Too bad the average reader can’t and doesn’t know when they writer is spinning. This is very typical BS from VF though. They do it all the time. See: “…a hint of Aniston, who lingers like a sad spook, the girl bested and left behind”…although that line was fucking classic…

  • Beck

    Having copy approval isn’t the same as suing a random lying tabloid story.

  • Erianthe

    I have to keep reminding myself that they also did the same thing to WWZ and Brad and not be so shocked that they would do this to Angie.

  • Puma

    Not surprising that you got that from this article. When the interview ask of Angelina is surprised about putz pity party Angelina said “no!” She knows he’s just like Jennifer Aniston.

  • Puma

    Read her quotes and don’t bother with the rest. Her quotes say more than enough. She wanted to tell us what Brad did to her kids but didn’t want to embarrass Maddox because what Brad did and said to him is embarrassing.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Gorgeous cover! Angie really knows how to do a cover. wish her all the best!

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    Well she did say events that led up to the filing…….so I think it’s a combo of being upset/tired/afraid/etc of how they got to that point AND not wanting to say anything really about it. But that’s just me. Especially with the “recovering from life” bit. Idk just my 2 cents.

    But bleh I hope she forgives Brad or at least wants to if she’s got Grandpa hanging around. She’s still way nicer than me. I’m going to visit my 13 year old brother from my asshole sperm donor next summer and I’m already making plans on how to avoid spending extended time with the ass down the street…..who miraculously pays child support and gives presents without being forced to.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    I hope so.

    I would also hope that the therapist are making her and Brad do joint counseling because they need to be on the same page parenting their children.

  • Beedyq

    Thank you. Anyone of any age, including children, and size and in “good” or ‘bad” health can have hypertension.

  • bap

    Angelina loved Brad and face it her heart was broken. Angelina is still healing.

  • African Girl

    My favorite bits were the parts detailing her interactions with the children.

    I must say….there is no way those kids can be that well adjusted if they are not in touch with their dad on a frequent basis.

    We might not see the pictures but there is no doubt in my mind that BP is not as disconnected from them as the tabloids and BP critics would like to portray.

  • Beedyq

    And they are still trying to appease the fewer and fewer hens left on the planet. That is how VF works.

  • MFGBali

    As soon as these people have a new movie coming out, they start talking about their private lives. Otherwise they demand privacy.

  • Passing Through

    I don’t disagree with you – but it’s been a year. That’s along time to be holding on to her anger when she’s in therapy to work through whatever happened. It seems to me – they ain’t do any therapy together and unless and until they do – how the hell do they move foward and stay a “family?”

    As for her not traveling – that’s part of what I’m talking about her with her repeating old patterns. She gets edgy – and travels to get away from situations, relationships, etc. I did therapy once upon a time…and the first thing they tell you is, “You can change houses, cities, move to different state, etc. – but you can’t run from yourself. You are going to be wherever you go. And WHEN the problem follows – then YOU are the problem.” Thank God I didn’t spent 30+ years in therapy like some tricks…but sooner or later…ya gotta own your shit or you’re going to wallow in it.

  • The Ring

    no

  • Beedyq

    100% agree with you.

    If your dad who was in your life everyday just disappeared then you would not be a well adjusted child.

    And if you did not want your kids to have frequent contact with their father and he wanted that frequent contact with them, and you have tons of $$$, you would not go out of your way to move into your old neighborhood very close to him……………….

  • hotmesss

    Agree plus would be the point of moving less than a block away from him. True she may still be hurt but she made the decision to move them close to their dad because she could have decided to move elsewhere.

  • ali7

    A needed distraction from today’s horrors: Angelina Jolie serving GLAMOR for Vanity Fair. This is how it’s done, Hollywood.
    https://twitter.com/nigelmfs/status/890271291848118273

  • Passing Through

    Hey, I’m even wary of the direct quotes because the entire context isn’t there. I need to hear the entire tape of their conversation – and you know there generally is one. I’m side-eying the whole mess.

  • Erianthe

    Yes, but Angie is not wasting her time on copy approval. This isn’t the first time she’s given an interview where her words and reactions are spun into something dramatic and tabloidy. She’s just not going to waste her time making sure her interviews are spun into stories that she approves of. Who would have time to do this — other than some insecure-about-how-people-perceive-them celeb or politician? If that was the case for Angie, you’d think she’s be on Twitter right now railing against Vanity Fair misconstruing her words.

  • Beedyq

    Why would anyone think she was going to talk about whatever happened on the plane or any upcoming roles on her plate?

    Guess I am out of the loop here lol.

  • Beck

    The quote about not healing from the divorce stuck out to me as sounding kind of off

  • Passing Through

    ITA. I just hope that at some point, if they haven’t already, the therapists say – you 2 knuckleheads need to get in the same therapy sessions and TALK!

  • Passing Through

    Yep…

  • Erianthe

    I’m think Vanity Fair wanted that and didn’t get it from her.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    That is what I wonder. Bc some have copy approval, if not all……I just find it hard to believe that after years of not uttering her name or referencing her that Angelina would approve of putting JA’s name in that context. People will jump all over that period, even if it is just musings from the writer to stretch the word count.

    But then I also remember reading about some hoopla over People’s cover for the twins birth. I think Bc they put only Shiloh on the insert? But basically People came out and said that they discussed the layout of the pics and Angelina suggested a version, but they went their way. And she doesn’t have an entire celeb entourage, etc.

  • Beedyq

    Remember the whole “blob” nonsense when Shi was a baby interview and how it got blown out of proportion with the lying spinning media?

    I read the interview for what Angie herself said and weeded out the other.

    Yes I am a censor lol.

  • bap

    Yes, Nigel!

  • Passing Through

    Yeah…there are ellipses in that quote for a reason. They left out something she said. She could have meant they’re not healing from divorce YET – because there hasn’t been a divorce to heal from.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    I wonder if that’s part of the anger too?

    Didn’t Angie say once that she didn’t believe in therapy?

    And now her she is having to do that.

    Maybe she’s being made to deal with stuff that she’s managed to avoid? Likes stuff from throughout her life, that impacts her behavior today?

    Also, she can’t repeat her pattern completely as she is being made to stay put? And that could be another reason for anger she has to work through.

    I do agree they have to do joint therapy.

  • Erianthe

    Actually, I thought the blob comment was cute. I thought the same thing when I held my baby nephew for the first time when he was born. He was a wrinkly blob. LOL!

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Yeah that is off.

    She filed for divorce so I don’t know what she means.

  • Erianthe

    That’s along time to be holding on to her anger when she’s in therapy to work through whatever happened.
    —When you love someone that deeply, a blow up like such will hurt and hurt a long time. From my experience anyway:). I think she’ll get over it — it may just take more time.

  • Passing Through

    LOL about making plans to avoide your sperm-donor daddy. But, Angie letting JV hang around the kids? I think she’s realized – she can’t run from that relationship any longer. He’s batshit cray but a lot of people in HW have said he’s not a bad person and he’s always been very charitable. She sees the mistakes that both she and Brad have made so maybe she’s willing to give him a chance to be better because SHE needs to be better herself? I’m sure the therapist is making her deal with her own daddy issues and letting him be around the kids is part of that.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    It was. I think they spun it as her hating Shiloh. But it was an obvious reference to her two older children that she’d adopted as an older infant and toddler…..having more defined features, etc.

    It is funny. My friend had a baby 2 months ago. The first pic she sent me, that baby had a smushy facemail. Now her features are defined and she looks like her sisters.