The couple, who share six children, split in 2016.
Angelina Jolie is opening up about one of the most difficult moments in her life. In a new interview with The Guardian, the 46-year-old actress spoke out on her unpleasant divorce and ongoing custody battle with ex-husband Brad Pitt.
"I'm not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly. It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children", Jolie told the outlet.
When asked what the last few years had taken out of her, the Oscar winner — who filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016 — said: "I mean, in some ways, it's been the last decade. There's a lot I can't say."
Jolie, a Special Envoy for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC), explained that her activism for children's rights has been in part inspired by her own experience.
"You want to make sure there is support for the children in your life", she said, adding that she feared for the safety of her "whole family" — though she can't get into details due to the legal battle against Pitt, who has denied claims of physical abuse.
The Tomb Raider alum also shared that she felt "broken" by what she had to endure and wants her family to finally move forward, "including their dad". The former couple share six children: 20-year-old Maddox, 17-year-old Pax, 16-year-old Zahara, 15-year-old Shiloh, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
"I want us to heal and be peaceful. We'll always be a family", said Jolie.
To learn more details about Jolie and Pitt's legal battle click here.