Angelina Jolie finally speaks out about what went wrong between her and Brad Pitt

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Angelina Jolie has opened about her early life, her career and her relationships.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were a power couple for as long as we can remember. They developed an interest in each other’s life when they were filming Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005 and stayed together until 2016. In the 10 years that they were a couple, it seemed like nothing could tear them apart. After all, they had successfully built an empire selling wine and started a family as well. The world was shocked when Angelina’s camp announced that she had filed for divorce from Brad.

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Angelina Jolie Pitt with Brad Pitt in Hollywood, California on November 5, 2015 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The news came right after Brad had allegedly got into a physical fight with his oldest son, Maddox, on a flight. At the time, sources close to the actress said she feared for the safety of her kids and wanted them to be physically away from the Oscar-winning actor. That was the narrative built around their bitter separation.

Now, new details surrounding their less-than-perfect marriage have emerged. Angelina told The Hollywood Reporter’s podcast, Awards Chatter, that outside factors affected their relationship as well.

The Salt actress said she went through a lot in the 10 years that they were together. Angelina lost her mom, she had a mastectomy and the scare of ovarian cancer for which she underwent a surgery as well. In 2015, she had her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed after the ovarian cancer scare.

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Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt in 2014  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

She implied that these incidents drove a wedge between them. The struggle was deeply personal for Angelina even though she shared it with the world and in the process, inspired many women. However, she might have struggled privately to find support from her husband.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their children (L to R) Maddox, Vivienne, Zahara and Knox on January 27, 2009 in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
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Brad Pitt holds Zahara Marley Jolie, the daughter of Angelina Jolie, at the new Tokyo International Airport November 27, 2005 in Narita, Japan. Source: Getty ImagesIn fact, Brad wrote a compelling Facebook post revealing his own difficulty to be there for his wife. In 2013, the Allied star wrote a public post right after her double mastectomy. The actor said his marriage was on the brink of a divorce and that he did everything to save their relationship.
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 (L-R) Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and Stacy Keibler in Los Angeles on January 29, 2012. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the 81st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22, 2009. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Three years later, they were separated. In the months after their split, he told GQ that he wasn’t a very good husband or a dad. He made several efforts to become better. Brad stopped drinking and started seeing a shrink. But this didn’t impel Angelina to reunite with him. Their marriage, as she put it, was “heavy.” Even starring in a film together couldn’t save their relationship.

Ironically, Angelina filed for divorce after they played a married couple in By The Sea. She said, “We had met working together and we worked together well…I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate. In some ways it was, and in some ways, we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on and it wasn’t because of the film.”

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Angelina Jolie snuggles with her adopted child Zahara while having lunch with Brad Pitt and her other child Maddox February 4, 2006 at Pups family restaurant in Kochstrasse in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

However, she added that she doesn’t regret acting with him on the critically acclaimed film. Angelina said the film didn’t solve the problems in their marriage but allowed them to communicate with each other in a way that had to be done.

It’s been a year since they’ve lived separate lives and Angelina has found a different support system. She’s started a new relationship with her father John Voight, who is granddad to her six kids.

The actress said, “Through grandchildren now we’re finding a new relationship and it’s very, very nice. We’ve had some difficulties. Through art is a way we’ve been able to talk. It’s a common language. We don’t really talk politics well.”

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