Angelina Jolie has publicly addressed her split from Brad Pitt for the very first time. The 41-year-old actress became visibly upset when she was asked about the "incident" which had led to their separation during an interview with BBC World News' Yalda Hakim in Cambodia, and confirmed it had been a "difficult" time for her family.
"I don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and…. And we are a family, and we will always be a family. And we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it," she said.
Angelina was in Cambodia to promote her new film First They Killed My Father, which she directed. The mom-of-six said she was coping with her divorce by focusing on the couple's six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, ten, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
"Many, many people find themselves in this situation," she said. "We've all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children… and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer."
The six Jolie-Pitt children joined their mother in Cambodia over the weekend to celebrate the premiere of First They Killed My Father. The event marked Angelina's first official appearance since her split from Brad in September. She told the BBC that they were still trying to find a normal family rhythm. "It's been a difficult few months. Right now, I'm going through a moment when just everybody's in my room," she said, laughing. "Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It's wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who's going to get the dog out, who's going to start the pancakes, and did anybody brush their teeth."
Asked where she saw herself in five years, Angelina acknowledged she would have a house full of teenagers by then. "At that stage, I hope just standing," she joked. "In five years' time I would like to be travelling around the world, visiting my children, hoping that they're just happy and doing really interesting things, and I imagine in many different parts of the world, and I'll be supporting them." She added: "Everything I do, I hope, is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they're capable of, and the world as it should be seen. Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and became rounded people."