Angelina Jolie has spoken publicly about her divorce from Brad Pitt for the first time.
In an interview with BBC News on 19 February, the actress appeared to become emotional as she discussed the couple’s split following a 12-year relationship.
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and we are a family, and we will always be a family. It was very difficult. Many people find themselves in this situation. My whole family have all been through a difficult time.
“My focus is my children, our children. We are and forever will be a family and so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
It is not the first time, however, that her ex-husband Pitt has spoken about the separation.
“I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” he told People magazine. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
Jolie and Pitt originally met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2003. They married in 2014, and have six children – both adopted and genetic.
The couple were locked in a public custody battle over the children, but have since hired a private judge. It is believed that Jolie wants sole custody of the children, while Brad Pitt is fighting for joint custody.