Angelina Jolie reveals Bell’s Palsy Diagnosis, talks Brad Pitt split with Vanity Fair

These last couple of years have been tough for Angelina Jolie.

In addition to her high-profile split from husband Brad Pitt, her mother’s death, and having undergone multiple preventative surgeries, all of which have long been public, the actress is now opening up about other serious challenges that she’s quietly faced.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie explained that she was diagnosed with hypertension last year and she developed Bell’s palsy, which caused one side of her face to droop.

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“Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” the mother of six explained, “until it manifests itself in their own health.”

But now she’s found a way to prioritize her children and herself.

“I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like 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,” she said. “I think that’s what makes a woman complete.”

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As for her dissolution of marriage to Pitt, things are a little heartbreaking.

“Things got bad,” she told the magazine. “I didn’t want to use that word…Things became ‘difficult.'” However, she’s adamant that they never had a negative lifestyle, and that wasn’t the reason for the split.

“We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing,” she cryptically explained. “[The children are] not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some…from life, from things in life.”

“They’ve been very brave,” she said. “They were very brave.”

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While it sounds like things were definitely not ideal in the Jolie-Pitt household, she only has positive things to say about Pitt.

“We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal,” she explained to Vanity Fair, adding that she doesn’t want anyone to feel bad for her. “I was very worried about my mother, growing up — a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.”

We hope that the family is able to heal.

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