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Angelina Jolie says she feared for her family’s safety when she filed for divorce

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When Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, she did so claiming irreconcilable differences.

The famous couple are currently in a custody battle for their kids and Jolie, a staunch champion of children’s rights has now hinted in an interview that experiences in her marriage to Pitt made her even more passionate about it.

In an interview with The Guardian, Jolie explained that she had met a lot of children who have had their rights violated. However, she never thought it’ll happen at home. She said, “I had an experience in the States with my own children”.

She added that her current legal situation made it hard to speak about certain topics. The interviewer pressed on whether or not she feared for the safety of her kids and her family. She answered, “Yes, for my family. My whole family.”

Back in November 2016, it was alleged that a drunk Pitt was abusive with the couple’s first child, Maddox on a private plane. The FBI announced no charges would be brought against Pitt, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. However, Jolie filed for divorce 5 days after the incident. According to her, the decision to end the marriage “was made for the health of the family”.

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When asked what the past five years had taken out of her, Angelina Jolie said “I mean, in some ways it’s been the last decade. There’s a lot I can’t say.”

She added that even though her recent experiences had left her feeling broken, she still wants her family to “heal.”

“And I want everyone to move forward — all of us, including their dad,” she added. “I want us to heal and be peaceful. We’ll always be a family.”

Back in May, Brad Pitt was granted joint custody of his children. A ruling that didn’t sit right with Jolie as she went on to challenge it. After appealing to a California court, she was allowed to retain full custody of the children while Pitt was granted visitation rights.

“We are seeking review in the California Supreme Court because the temporary judge, who had been appointed and repeatedly renewed by both sides, was improperly disqualified after providing a detailed, fact-based custodial decision” Pitt’s lawyer said in a statement. “The lower court’s ruling is bad for children and bad for California’s overburdened judicial system.” He added.

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