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Angelina Jolie: I'm stronger after my difficult times

Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt almost a year ago, and has admitted the stressful year has made her stronger as a mother.

FILE: US actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy Angelina Jolie at the UN in Geneva in March 2017. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Angelina Jolie feels "stronger" after going through "difficult times" for the past year in her divorce from Brad Pitt.

The 42-year-old actress filed for divorce from the Allied star - with whom she has children Maddox (16), Pax (13), Zahara (12), Shiloh (11) and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - almost a year ago, and has admitted the stressful year has made her stronger as a mother, as she's been "needed at home" to help them deal with the changes to their family.

Speaking to People magazine, she said: "I have had my ups and downs. I guess I am a little bit stronger. 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.

"I haven't worked for over a year now because they needed me home. We've all been a bit in lockdown. I think they're itching to get out in the world again."

The Maleficent star's comments come after she recently revealed she was returning to work after taking a break in 2016 when her divorce meant she was "needed" at home to support her brood.

She said: "Right now I don't have anything to direct that I feel passionate about like this, so I'll do some acting. I've taken over a year off now, because of my family situation, to take care of my kids.

"When they can have - when I feel it's time for me to go back to work, I'll be able to go back to work. I've been needed at home. I hope [to work again] in the months to come."

Asked what she'll be working on, she added: "Maleficent [sequel], we're working on, most likely. And I look forward to having some fun with that. 'Cleopatra', there is a script. There's a lot of different things floating around. But I haven't committed."

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