There are celebrity splits, and then there are celebrity splits.

Nothing could have prepared any of us for 2016’s biggest celebrity split — the end of Brangelina. It wasn’t just a shocker after 12 years together, it was also an absolute mess. There were allegations of abuse (including a video that supposedly showed said abuse and extended the court case) and questions of custody to boot. We’ve waited for five long months for word from either camp on the divorce, and now, Angelina Jolie has finally said something about her awful year that breaks our hearts.

Angelina Jolie Attends "First They Killed My Father" Premiere In Cambodia

While in Cambodia this week for the premiere of her latest film, the activist and actress spoke out about the effect of 2016 on her family. She described the last few months as “very difficult,” adding that she understands that many people have suffered through similar issues.

“My whole family [has] all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children. We are and forever will be a family and so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”

Angelina Jolie Attends "First They Killed My Father" Premiere In Cambodia

Honestly, it’s really refreshing to see a parent not speaking negatively about their ex in public, even after so much animosity. It seems as if, at least for Angelina, the priority is to ensure that the six Jolie-Pitt kids are happy and healthy. While it can be helpful to be honest about what’s happened (and any feelings she may have would certainly be valid), it’s also helpful to move forward with positivity, and we admire her for doing so.

(h/t HelloGiggles, photos via Omar Havana/Getty)