Angelina Jolie opened up about her split from Brad Pitt in a new interview, admitting that the actor is a ‘wonderful’ father to their six children.
The actress and director spoke with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Tuesday morning to promote her new film ‘First They Killed My Father,’ and was asked by the anchor if she still believed the words she had used to describe her ex as a parent in an interview from years back.
‘Of course,’ said Jolie, who then added: ‘We will always be a family. Always.’
Jolie, 41, filed for divorce citing the ‘health’ of her family back in September after Pitt and oldest son Maddox were involved in some sort of skirmish on the family’s private plane.
The incident was later investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, who determined there was no reason to press any charges or keep Pitt from seeing his children.
Jolie also got emotional at one point when asked about the health of her family in the five months since she made the decision to file for divorce.
‘We are … we are focusing on the health of our family. And so we will be [healthier],’ said Jolie. ‘We will be stronger when we come out of this, because that’s what we’re determined to do. ‘
Jolie spent part of the interview speaking about her six children with Pitt, including son Maddox who was adopted from Cambodia, the country where she filmed her new movie.
The film, which Jolie directed, is about the 1.7million Cambodians who are believed to have been killed under the Khmer Rogue and Pol Pot, the leader of the country’s Communist party.
Some believe as many as 3million may have been killed under the dictatorship, which came to power in 1963 and committed mass genocide a decade later.
Close to a quarter of the population died, and as Jolie explained everyone in the country was affected as a result.
That is why she wanted to work with Maddox on the picture.
‘I don’t know much of my child’s birth parents but I believe they would have gone through this war,’ said Jolie.
‘I wanted to understand him and his culture in a deeper way and I wanted to bring this story to this country in their language.’
And Maddox was with her every step of the way she told Stephanopoulos.
‘I talked to Maddox about this film and about doing it, and it was him in the final hour who said he was ready, and that he wanted to understand more, and that he wanted to work on it, and he wanted me to make it,’ said Jolie.
‘Being with him on set and studying the history of this country with him and being with his people was extraordinary.’
She also added that her son Pax worked on the film as well doing the ‘still photography.’