Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Her Family, Adoption and the 'Resilience' of Refugees

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Elsewhere in her interview, Jolie touched on adoption — a journey she has personally been on three times, for her oldest children Zahara Marley, 15, Pax Thien, 16, and Maddox Chivan, 18..

"Each is a beautiful way of becoming family," said the Oscar winner. "What is important is to speak with openness about all of it and to share. 'Adoption' and 'orphanage' are positive words in our home. With my adopted children, I can't speak of pregnancy, but I speak with much detail and love about the journey to find them and what it was like to look in their eyes for the first time."

"All adopted children come with a beautiful mystery of a world that is meeting yours," Jolie added. "When they are from another race and foreign land, that mystery, that gift, is so full. For them, they must never lose touch with where they came from. They have roots that you do not."

"Honor them. Learn from them. It's the most amazing journey to share," she continued. "They are not entering your world — you are entering each other's worlds."

Jolie also opened up about her decision to split from Brad Pitt in 2016 after two years of marriage and their subsequent divorce in April 2019.

"I separated for the well-being of my family," said Jolie. "It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing. Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds."

"In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people," she said of her children ⁠— twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Léon, 11, Shiloh Nouvel, 14, Zahara, Pax and Maddox.

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