The private life of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has been kept tightly under wraps for as long as we can remember.
But now, in a rare candid interview with Vogue, Angelina has spoken out about her hubby, children and the reality of living a life in lights.
In aid of the pair’s new film By The Sea – based on a couple who take a family holiday in a bid to save their marriage – the interview comes hand in hand with a shoot marking the first time Jolie, Pitt and their six children have posed alongside one another for a Vogue cover.
But while the snaps are seriously amazing, it’s the interview that’s really got everyone up in arms.
When asked if the story behind By The Sea mirrors her own, the 40-year-old Oscar winner said, “Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters were even remotely close to our problems, we couldn’t have made the film.”
In fact, their dedication to making a good film couldn’t be more apparent – filming By The Sea actually took place during the couple’s honeymoon.
Angelina explains: “As artists we wanted something that took us out of our comfort zones. Just being raw actors. It’s not the safest idea. But life is short.”
And when it comes to health, Jolie is walking proof that fame is no safeguard. After her mother died at the age of 56 from ovarian and breast cancer, Angelina took it upon herself to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, as well as a preventative double mastectomy.
“I wish my mum had been able to make those choices,” she said. “They are not easy surgeries. The ovaries are an easy surgery, but the hormone changes – interesting.”
She concluded, “I feel grounded as a woman. I know others do too. Both of the women in my family, my mother and my grandmother started dying in their 40s. I’m 40. I can’t wait to hit 50 and know I made it.”