The past year or so hasn’t exactly been easy for Angelina Jolie, as she went through a very public split from Brad Pitt and endured a tough custody battle. Now, in a new interview for the September issue of Vanity Fair, the 42-year-old mother of six is opening up about some other challenges she faced privately, including a Bell’s palsy diagnosis.
Jolie explained that she developed the condition, along with hypertension, last year (notably, around the same time she was going through her split from Pitt), with one side of her face drooping because of nerve damage. She’s well-known as a doting mother to her kids but admits that, in the past, she wasn’t as attentive when it came to taking care of herself. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she said, “until it manifests itself in their own health.”
Crediting acupuncture for her recovery, she now says, “I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete.”
We have to agree. Self-care, FTW!
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(h/t Refinery29; photos via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)