NEW YORK, July 27, (Agencies): Angelina Jolie has opened up about her split from Brad Pitt, confessing to having “the hardest time” and claiming to have spent months as a homemaker, doing dishes and cleaning up dog poop.
Jolie, 42, filed for divorce last September, citing irreconcilable differences. She accused her Oscar-winning ex of hitting their teenage son on a flight from France to Los Angeles, sparking tabloid gossip and an FBI probe.
The 53-year-old was cleared by the FBI and social workers and wants joint legal and physical custody of Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Vivienne and Knox, nine, while Jolie is demanding sole guardianship.
Jolie told Vanity Fair that “things got bad” in the summer of 2016.
“It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air,” she told the magazine, shortly after moving into a $25 million, six-bedroom, 10-bathroom home with her children in Los Angeles neighborhood Los Feliz.
She sought to portray herself as focused on homemaking in the aftermath of the split despite a legendarily itinerant life which has seen her buy homes and travel with her children all over the world.
“I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes,” she said.
“I’ve been trying for nine months to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories. And I’m getting better at all three,” she told the magazine.
Having joked to her youngest son Knox about pretending to be normal, Jolie recounted with pride that he replied: “’Who wants to be normal? We’re not normal. Let’s never be normal.’”
She also said she had been determined to shield the children.
“I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them.”
Pitt admitted in his first post-split interview in May that heavy drinking contributed to the breakdown of his marriage, and said he was now a teetotaler. He and Jolie had been a couple since 2004, and got married in 2014.
Jolie underwent a double mastectomy and removal of her ovaries in 2013 to prevent an aggressive form of cancer that killed her mother, grandmother and aunt.
The actress won an Oscar in 2000 for portraying a young woman with psychiatric problems in “Girl, Interrupted”. Her most recent project was to direct “First They Killed My Father” about the Cambodian genocide, a Netflix original.
Angelina Jolie says she developed high blood pressure and Bell’s palsy last year.
The actress-director tells Vanity Fair that she credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the paralysis, which was caused by nerve damage and led one side of her face to droop.
Jolie has been open about her health challenges in the past. She wrote in the New York Times about her 2013 decision to have a preventative double mastectomy after learning that she carries the gene that made it extremely likely that she would get breast cancer. She had her ovaries removed two years later.
She says they care for each other and for their family and are “both working toward the same goal.”
Jolie says that when she was growing up, she often worried about her mother, and she doesn’t want her children to worry about her.
“I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them,” she said. “They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.”
Jolie says her closest friend has been Loung Ung, whose 2000 memoir “First They Killed My Father” is the basis for Jolie’s latest film. The women met in 2002 when Jolie was on her first mission for the United Nations’ refugee outreach.
Jolie’s adaptation of Ung’s memoir about the Khmer Rouge genocide that claimed her parents and siblings will premiere on Netflix later this year.
Emmy-nominated actor Jason Bateman was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, 30 years after breaking into the movies in “Teen Wolf Too.”
“Friends” star Jennifer Aniston, who appeared in five films with Bateman, and Will Arnett, his cast mate on television’s “Arrested Development,” gave speeches paying tribute to his staying power.
“I just simply feel very, very grateful and fortunate to have had a chance to hold my job in a business that’s not known for its longevity,” said the 48-year-old actor.
He added that he felt lucky “being able to work with enough good people to not only learn an enormous amount, but to find in them some friends that have changed the way I see the world.”
Bateman received Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Michael Bluth in “Arrested Development” in 2005, when it aired on Fox, and 2013, when it was streamed on Netflix.
The actor can currently be seen in Netflix’s “Ozark” as a financial planner who relocates from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks and has to pay off a Mexican drug lord.
The father-of-two made his television debut at the age of 12 with a recurring role on the NBC period family drama “Little House on the Prairie.”
He appeared in the NBC comedies “Silver Spoons” and “It’s Your Move” in the early to mid-1980s before transforming into a teen idol through his role on another of the network’s sit-coms, “The Hogan Family.”
Bateman starred with Aniston in “Horrible Bosses (2011) and its 2014 sequel as well as 2010 romantic comedy “The Switch.”
They also appeared together in “The Break-Up” (2006) and, ten years later, “Office Christmas Party.”
“Having longevity in this business is not easy, especially starting out as a child actor,” said Aniston, 48, who brought out pictures of Bateman as a young star.
“Usually that’s a story that doesn’t always end well. When I actually met Jason it was kind of looking like it could go either way.”
But Aniston went on to describe him as a “fantastic partner in crime,” “the most generous straight man” and a “dear friend.”
“He is the loveliest man to be around. He always gives you deep connection, full attention, authenticity and some of the deepest belly laughs I can remember,” she said.