SA TIMES -“All adopted children come with a beautiful mystery of a world that is meeting yours” says #AngelinaJolie, the mother of six who has spent almost two decades working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), first as a goodwill ambassador and as of 2012, special envoy, in light of her dedication to the cause. In an exclusive Vogue interview, the filmmaker and Academy Award-winning actor reflects on her two decades working with the UN refugee agency and discusses the adoption journey of three of her children, Maddox, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had a very public split in 2016 before embarking on a long custody battle.
The couple who first met in 2005 later married in 2014 and share six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne, together.
Now, in an interview with Vogue India, the Maleficent star reveals she decided to split from the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actor for the sake of their children.
“I separated for the wellbeing of my family,” she said. “It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing.
“Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds. In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people.”
The Academy Award-winning actor spoke about her years of work with the United Nations and opened up about the global refugee crisis. When asked what the most important things to consider are when raising adopted and biological siblings, she said: “Each is a beautiful way of becoming family. What is important is to speak with openness about all of it and to share. ‘Adoption’ and ‘orphanage’ are positive words in our home. With my adopted children, I can’t speak of pregnancy, but I speak with much detail and love about the journey to find them and what it was like to look in their eyes for the first time.
“All adopted children come with a beautiful mystery of a world that is meeting yours. When they are from another race and foreign land, that mystery, that gift, is so full. For them, they must never lose touch with where they came from. They have roots that you do not. Honour them. Learn from them. It’s the most amazing journey to share. They are not entering your world, you are entering each other’s worlds.”
She added, speaking about her children: “I am very blessed to have been allowed to be their mom. I am grateful every day.”
In 2018 after a two-year custody battle, the Mr and Mrs Smith stars came to an agreement and avoided going to court. Though the details of said agreement were kept private, the Jolie-Pitt children recently spent time with their father for his birthday over Christmas before the 56-year-old dedicated his first-ever Oscar win to his kids.
“This is for my kids who colour everything I do,” he said during his acceptance speech. “I adore you.”