It’s so refreshing to see such a powerful woman normalise not feeling okay.
Angelina Jolie, 48, has candidly opened up about her mental well-being, admitting that she feels ‘a bit down these days’ and revealing she hasn’t felt like herself ‘for a decade’.
The Malificient actress, in interview with Vogue, detailed motherhood and family life, as well as sharing some of the emotions she has been dealing with as of late, and says her children ‘saved her’.
At 48, Jolie confesses that she is still figuring out who she is and believes she’s ‘in transition as a person’.
Speaking about motherhood, she credits her children for changing the course of her life.
“I was 26 when I became a mother. My entire life changed. Having children saved me—and taught me to be in this world differently. I think, recently, I would’ve gone under in a much darker way had I not wanted to live for them,” she admitted to Vogue.
“They’re better than me, because you want your children to be. Of course I’m the mother, and hopefully that safe place for them and that stability. But I’m also the one that they laugh at—and I see them taking over so many different aspects of our family.”
Jolie shares six children with her ex husband, Brad Pitt: Maddox Chivan, 22, Pax Thien, 19, Zahara Marley, 18, Shiloh Nouvel, 17 and twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, 15.
The mum-of-six has an impressive resume, with an established career in acting, as well as a philanthropist and activist for women’s rights, all while being a parent.
Adding to the list of accomplishments is Jolie’s soon-to-launch fashion collective/concept/community space, Atelier Jolie.
The Lara Croft: Tomb Raider actress reflected on her younger years, proving that she has transitioned more than once in her lifetime.
“I was quite dark when I was young. I was a punk, not the popular kid—going to thrift stores, cutting things up, burning little teeny cigarette holes into things: That was me as a teenager, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Maybe that part of me wants to push back.
“I’m hoping to change many aspects of my life. And this is the forward-facing one,” Jolie revealed.