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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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Credit: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott exclusively for Vanity Fair
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  • Erianthe

    Oh good lord this interview did bring out the cockroaches. Need to do some cleaning on this thread.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    SMH.

    Just saw that. But as you say, Angie’s interview is out.

    Nobody’s going to care about any of this.

    Overshadowed again.

    LOL

  • Lee

    Well to be fair, she WAS a heroin addict and I have no problem stating that. The fact that she said she’s “known addiction” supports my original point

  • toastie postie

    You are very welcome. LOL. I like her in suspenders, etc. The Lacey dress yes.

  • Erianthe

    You’ve got to admit though … she’s a photographer’s dream. You can put her in a paper bag and she still takes a good picture.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Most certainly. It’s just I would expect more from some of photographers since they have such a great canvas to work with.

  • Erianthe

    Just a reminder to JP fans, please do not click on any links in posts from unknown entities on this thread (trolls).

  • Erianthe

    Just a reminder to JP fans, please do not click on any links in posts from unknown entities on this thread (trolls).

  • Puma

    Not until Venice. Wait for tomorrow. But the people up in arms about an acting exercise shouldn’t bother watching since it’s going to be a harsh and sad movie. A kid had to act it out. Omg.

  • Puma

    Not until Venice. Wait for tomorrow. But the people up in arms about an acting exercise shouldn’t bother watching since it’s going to be a harsh and sad movie. A kid had to act it out. Omg.

  • Passing Through

    SHE never said she was a heroin addict and has had no problem admitting her issue with smack back then. If she had been a smack addict I think she’d have said so. She didn’t say she’d known “heroin addiction” and there are plenty of other things – and people – that she could have been addicted to. Addiction comes in all forms. So, pardon me for saying so, but it is NOT YOUR CALL as to whether or not she IS a smack addict. Emphasis on is because once an addict, always an addict. Just ask PSH’s ex..

  • Passing Through

    SHE never said she was a heroin addict and has had no problem admitting her issue with smack back then. If she had been a smack addict I think she’d have said so. She didn’t say she’d known “heroin addiction” and there are plenty of other things – and people – that she could have been addicted to. Addiction comes in all forms. So, pardon me for saying so, but it is NOT YOUR CALL as to whether or not she IS a smack addict. Emphasis on is because once an addict, always an addict. Just ask PSH’s ex..

  • Passing Through

    The fact that they threw in that ridic tabloid rumor about Marion Cotillard was beneath them. They KNOW it isn’t true – so why even mention it other than to smarm up the story for PR purposes? Just low ballin’ it like the tabloid riff raff.

  • Passing Through

    The fact that they threw in that ridic tabloid rumor about Marion Cotillard was beneath them. They KNOW it isn’t true – so why even mention it other than to smarm up the story for PR purposes? Just low ballin’ it like the tabloid riff raff.

  • Beedyq

    JV has been with the kids for years, Angie not so much, and if she has opened the door a bit for him at this time I can understand her actions.

    Have no idea and make no conclusions as to what is what re custody of the kids.

    Wasser did say the idea was for joint and continuous shared custody and I read nothing that contradicts that. Moving into that house so close to Brad’s reinforces that for me.

    Also have no idea and make only one conclusion as to what is what between her and Brad. That they are both in some kind of therapy and have not yet achieved healing.

  • Beedyq

    100% agree. Sleaziness on parade. UGH!!!!

  • Beedyq

    100% agree. Sleaziness on parade. UGH!!!!

  • Lee

    Then if it not my call as an outsider looking into someone else’s life ( celebrity or not), by your point that would mean that no one would be defined as an addict in this world. That would mean TP’s husband just abused alcohol, per your definition. That would mean Whitney Houston just had a brush in with crack etc etc.

  • Lee

    Then if it not my call as an outsider looking into someone else’s life ( celebrity or not), by your point that would mean that no one would be defined as an addict in this world. That would mean TP’s husband just abused alcohol, per your definition. That would mean Whitney Houston just had a brush in with crack etc etc.

  • Passing Through

    We discussed that as well. The mags bank on that – and for that reason alone I will NOT be buying this VF. I like to support Angie (and Brad) and buy their mag cover stories – but I just can’t waste $6 on this mess. It’s reminding me of why I can’t buy Peeps Fail anymore either. Shitty tabloid journalism rules the day.

  • busted

    I know she wanted Joint custody. Angie wanted Physical custody. Which would mean she would be able to move the kids more freely. Joint/Physical custody is different. Thus the difference in the filings. they didn’t agree. and it seems they are still not in agreement. The only reason to still be “working it out” is because there is some disagreement. You either want to share physical custody or not.

  • busted

    My block list is very long. So I didn’t see it. But yes never click on links from people you don’t know.

  • Passing Through

    Flagged, deleted…and blocked…

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    I’ll admit I was stone cold floored when I read that.

    The Hell?

    And the traveling? They actually asked Angie about some tabloid BS, that they admitted came from tabloids, about Brad not wanting to travel and it being a source of conflict.

    I don’t blame her for being pissed.

    They also make some crack about Brad doing things “her way” when they first got together.

    There were a number of passive aggressive hits at Angie in this piece. I wonder if she realized what they were really trying to do as the interview progressed?

  • Beedyq

    I shall not purchase this issue either. Knew that after I read it and turned my nose up in disgust at the inserted tabloid BS. My way of not supporting tabloid BS masquerading as journalism.

  • Jay

    “I think she is still fighting for Physical Custody and he is not going to let her have it.”

    Sorry but you have absolutely nothing to base such a claim on. If it is true that he now has overnights that essentially means there is joint custody and that they are moving towards a more defined schedule. Just because you don’t see them with their father it does not mean that they don’t spend significant and meaningful time with him. This whole thing is a process that will take time to fully resolve itself. It may be confusing to outsiders, but then why wouldn’t it? We don’t see/know the full picture.

  • busted

    Well we don’t have to buy a magazine to support them. I’ll watch the films.. That is where my support will be placed.

    Maybe she will be on Entertainment Weekly.

  • busted

    Again we are not talking about Joint custody. We are talking about Physical custody. And I based that on their Divorce filings. And this is not about seeing them with Brad. I have no doubt that they are seeing their father. It would be cruel otherwise. And Angie is not cruel. But until their fillings change that is what I base it on.

    and making note of that is not attacking anyone. We know what they filled.

  • ali7

    THat last sentence is wrong Brad said in his interview and in her interview said clearly they’re working together

  • Beedyq

    Wasser mentioned joint custody, both legal and physical, which they actually have as this case is being adjudicated and mediated. There has been no signed final custody order yet issued by the Court. There is a temporary agreement in place, which is sealed, but no custody has been decided as of this date.

    Joint custody is both legal and physical in nature.

  • Beedyq

    Exactly. And there is no reason to doubt that they are doing just that.

  • busted

    Where did I say they weren’t. Obviously they are. But it has not been settled. Goodness this is not rocket science. Making a decision about that doesn’t stop therapy or working together.

  • Passing Through

    ITA about the pix…especially the big floppy hat and the riding pants… Her ass looks good in that dress though. Betcha Brad misses that ass…

    Good point about the traveling with the kids being her dream but not necessarily her dream. The writer made her sound defensive when she said that hadn’t been a problem – which makes you think maybe it was and she just doesn’t want to admit it. It doesn’t help that she’s changed her mind over the years about the WHERE to raise the kids. In part they bought the estate in France because she wanted to raise them in France during their teen years…but that doesn’t mean that’s what THEY wanted. And she said in that RED interview that the kids had strong opinions about where they want to live. I wasn’t sure if she meant that as in – WHO they want to live with WHEREVER that may be.

    As far as custody – she said she and Brad were working toward the same goal and in the emails Wasser said the custody goal was joint physical custody. So hopefully they are on the same page.

    PS – JV? I’m pretty sure she’s got him reigned in or else she wouldn’t be letting him see the kids at all – let alone babysit while she’s in therapy. Question is – when do BRAD’S PARENTS get to see the kids…

  • busted

    I had a nice day. So I’m trying to play nice. But well???

  • Beedyq

    You are not correct, joint custody is both legal and physical.

    There is sole legal custody-
    There is sole physical custody-
    There is joint legal and physical custody.

  • busted

    OK.. so what did Angie ask for in her filing that is different than what Brad asked for. Because they weren’t the same.
    I could be remembering wrong..

  • Observer2

    She forgot the word Joint Legal Custody. Sole Physical Custody, which Angellna asked for. She said sole physical and legal joint custody in her filing.

    So, they are NOT the same thing as having 50/50 Joint and Legal custody.

  • Beedyq

    She asked for joint legal custody and sole physical custody, he asked for joint legal and physical custody. Wasser said that what Brad requested was the goal.

  • busted

    Which is what I’m getting at. Obviously they are not there.

  • Beedyq

    Yes she did in her petition.

  • Beedyq

    Yes she did in her petition.

  • Beedyq

    I have no idea where they are at. Seems to me they are perhaps both not yet successful in dealing with the emotional relationship aspects that must be resolved between the 2 of them.

  • Beedyq

    I have no idea where they are at. Seems to me they are perhaps both not yet successful in dealing with the emotional relationship aspects that must be resolved between the 2 of them.

  • Beedyq

    I have no idea where they are at. Seems to me they are perhaps both not yet successful in dealing with the emotional relationship aspects that must be resolved between the 2 of them.

  • Observer2

    I think she also bought the house because the kids want to be close to their dad, also. Plus, that is where they have called home for years. The neighborhood, their friends, etc. I just want to know what happened where she had to buy a house fast. They’d been renting for 9 months. Not ideal. But, she’s had 9 months to look for a house. It’s what made the need urgent. Or did I read that wrong? Which I’ve been known to do. LOL

    I said that down thread busted, I think that she and Brad are in different places and it could be that Brad’s been having to deal with things, in the sense, as working through them, possibly longer than she has. Brad and their kids. So, their kids might be further along than Angelina is herself, as far as that goes. That IS NOT a KNOCK against Angelina, so those ready to go toe to toe. Retract your claws. LOL

  • Observer2

    I think she also bought the house because the kids want to be close to their dad, also. Plus, that is where they have called home for years. The neighborhood, their friends, etc. I just want to know what happened where she had to buy a house fast. They’d been renting for 9 months. Not ideal. But, she’s had 9 months to look for a house. It’s what made the need urgent. Or did I read that wrong? Which I’ve been known to do. LOL

    I said that down thread busted, I think that she and Brad are in different places and it could be that Brad’s been having to deal with things, in the sense, as working through them, possibly longer than she has. Brad and their kids. So, their kids might be further along than Angelina is herself, as far as that goes. That IS NOT a KNOCK against Angelina, so those ready to go toe to toe. Retract your claws. LOL

  • Observer2

    I think she also bought the house because the kids want to be close to their dad, also. Plus, that is where they have called home for years. The neighborhood, their friends, etc. I just want to know what happened where she had to buy a house fast. They’d been renting for 9 months. Not ideal. But, she’s had 9 months to look for a house. It’s what made the need urgent. Or did I read that wrong? Which I’ve been known to do. LOL

    I said that down thread busted, I think that she and Brad are in different places and it could be that Brad’s been having to deal with things, in the sense, as working through them, possibly longer than she has. Brad and their kids. So, their kids might be further along than Angelina is herself, as far as that goes. That IS NOT a KNOCK against Angelina, so those ready to go toe to toe. Retract your claws. LOL

  • SaraJ

    Not to mention, how fun is it to be married to someone who doesn’t eat, rarely goes outside unless it’s for a photo placement, has no friends, and probably abuses drugs or pills? Brad ESCAPED.

  • ali7

    And they are working in that same goal which is to co-parents as she said and he said himself. Give them credit by working in that same direction

  • plez

    You all are right. This is a long article but a short interview. I would have prefer a Q&A article like the gq article. This writer used a lot of filler.

    So these pics were done in CA. What do you think the pics in Africa were for?