The past year or so hasn鈥檛 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 well-known as a doting mother to her kids but admits that, in the past, she wasn鈥檛 as attentive when it came to taking care of herself. 鈥淪ometimes women in families put themselves last,鈥 she said, 鈥渦ntil it manifests itself in their own health.鈥

Angelina Jolie reveals Bell's palsy diagnosis in Vanity Fair interview

Crediting acupuncture for her recovery, she now says, 鈥淚 actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I鈥檓 being smart about my choices, and I鈥檓 putting my family first, and I鈥檓 in charge of my life and my health. I think that鈥檚 what makes a woman complete.鈥

We have to agree. Self-care, FTW!

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(h/t Refinery29; photos via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)