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Angelina Jolie hints that her latest film influenced decision to leave Brad Pitt

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It's been a rocky few months for Angelina Jolie but it appears things are now looking bright on the horizon. 

Angelina spoke freely in an interview with The New York Times, opening up about her unbreakable bond with her six children and how she feels about being vilified as "cold" and "unrelatable" in the wake of her split from her husband of two years, Brad Pitt.

Speaking about her homelife, she said she often feels "part of a fraternity" in the rambunctious home she shares with her kids Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 9.

"They really help me so much. We’re really such a unit," she said. "They’re the best friends I’ve ever had. Nobody in my life has ever stood by me more."

The Oscar-winning actress, 42, announced her separation from the War Machine actor days after a physical altercation between Brad, 53, and their son Maddox while the family traveled on a private plane on September 14, 2016.

Since then, Angelina and the kids have moved out from Brad's estate. They lived in a rental home for nine months before moving into a sprawling, $25 million mansion in Los Feliz, California, earlier this summer.

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"It took me a few months to realize that I was really going to have to do it. That there was going to have to be another base regardless of everything," said Angelina. "That there was going to have to be a home. Another home." 

Angelina has recently been promoting the new film she directed, First They Killed My Father, which is based off the story of her friend Loung Ung, who as a young girl survived the Cambodian genocide.

In her New York Times interview, Angelina appeared to imply the film influenced her decision to leave Brad. 

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"Loung had such horrors in her life but also had so much love, and that is why she’s all right today," Ms. Jolie said. "That is something I need to remember."

This month, the Maleficent star brought all six of her children to the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival.

Asked how the family is coping during it's new transition, she replied: "None of it's easy. It's very, very difficult, a very painful situation, and I just want my family healthy."

Has her family fully healed? "They’re getting better," she said.

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As for her critics, those who deemed her as the "less relatable" in her relationship with Brad, and who have questioned her qualifications to direct war films, she gave a very thoughtful, yet potent reply.

"I never expect to be the one that everybody understands or likes," she began. "And that’s O.K., because I know who I am, and the kids know who I am."



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