Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s split shocked fans, and ended up being displayed in tabloids across the nation. Yet, even with the unwanted attention, Jolie is moving forward and being the best mom she can be to her six children.
In her cover story for PEOPLE, Jolie talks about healing and retreating from the spotlight to focus on family and dealing with the split.
“I have had my ups and downs. I guess I am a little bit stronger,” Jolie, who is an actress, director, philanthropist and overall bad-ass, tells PEOPLE. “We all have our difficult times, but as a mother you also have a responsibility first and foremost towards the kids. They are going through their formative years and everything else comes second to that.”
Right now her priority is her children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox — but she is set to take future big screen roles in movies like Maleficent 2. She’s also promoting First They Killed My Father, a movie she directed for Netflix. It’s based on her friend Loung Ung’s memoir about surviving the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.
“Everything will be around the children,” she says. “I haven’t worked for over a year now because they needed me home. Everything was just stopped.” She continued by saying that every project will be adjusted to what the kids can handle.
As the family heals, they are starting to come out of their voluntary “lockdown.”
“I think they’re itching to get out in the world again,” says Jolie. The family appeared together at the Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend to promote Jolie’s movie.