It's been five years since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced the end of their marriage. Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress has spoken openly about how their split affected her Hollywood career.
"I love directing, but I had a change in my family situation that's not made it possible for me to direct for a few years," Jolie said. "I needed to just do shorter jobs and be home more, so I kind of went back to doing a few acting jobs. That's really the truth of it."
Jolie moved behind the camera to direct films including Unbroken (2014) and First They Killed My Father (which came out in 2017), and will return to the screen this year with action-heavy flicks like Those Who Wish Me Dead and Marvel's Eternals.
Jolie and Pitt have been in ongoing divorce proceedings and custody battles over their children since 2016. The two hit another impasse in their divorce settlement last August when Jolie claimed, according to documents exclusively obtained by Us Weekly, that the judge presiding over their trial, John W. Ouderkirk, had "ongoing business and professional relationships" with Pitt, giving him leverage in the case. Ouderkirk officiated the couple's 2014 wedding in France.
"All my client is asking for is a fair trial based on facts, with no special favours extended to either side," Jolie's lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, told the outlet. "The only way litigants can trust the process is for everyone involved to ensure that there's transparency and impartiality."
Meanwhile, Pitt's legal team denied the claim. "Unfortunately, the individuals hurt most by Jolie's transparently tactical gambit are the parties' own children, who continue to be deprived of a final resolution," read the court documents.
The former couple share six children together: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. The children have been living with Jolie while Pitt visits.
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