Angelina Jolie breaks silence on split with Brad Pitt: It was a very difficult time

21 February 2017

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has finally spoken out about her divorce from actor Brad Pitt, opening up only enough to state that despite their separation, they "will always be a family".

In a video interview with BBC World News journalist Yalda Hakim, Jolie, 41, was visibly emotional when commenting about the split.

The couple announced their divorce in Sept 2016, after an alleged in-flight incident involving Jolie's adopted son Maddox,15, and Pitt, 53.

Hakim probed Jolie for information surrounding the incident, saying: "I understand that this is a very sensitive issue. We know that an incident occurred which lead to your separation. We also know you haven't said anything about this. But would you like to say something?" 

After a long pause and a sigh, Jolie said: "Only that... 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. And we will get through this time, and hopefully be a stronger family for it." 

When asked how she is coping, Jolie hesitated before saying: "Many people... my whole family, we've all been through a difficult time... my focus is my children, our children." 

"So that is how I'm coping, I'm coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer," said Jolie. 

She added that in five years' time, when her kids are all teenagers, she hopes to be "still standing", and travelling the world and visiting her children, "hoping that they are happy and doing many interesting things, in many parts of the world". 

Jolie is in Cambodia to unveil her new film about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era. In a clip posted by BBC News, she was also filmed teaching a group - including her kids, how to defang spiders and fry them with scorpions and other bugs. 

"You start with crickets and a beer, and you kind of move up to tarantulas," joked Jolie about how she developed a taste for the Cambodian-style street snacks.