Angelina Jolie has been pretty honest with fans about the fact that she’s still “healing” after her much-publicized divorce from Brad Pitt, even owning the fact that she “doesn’t like being single.” But she’s not the only one who was affected by their split. The couple’s six kids, Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne, both nine, are also hurting in the wake of their parents’ breakup.
“None of it’s easy. It’s very, very difficult, a very painful situation, and I just want my family healthy,” Jolie, 42, told The New York Times. Still, she says that her children are healing. “They’re getting better.”
In addition to adjusting to Pitt not being home, the kids are getting used to their new surroundings. The actress moved her brood to a $25 million two-acre hilltop estate, which used to belong to Hollywood filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille. “It took me a few months to realize that I was really going to have to do it. That there was going to have to be another base regardless of everything. That there was going to have to be a home. Another home.”
The family definitely seems to be embracing their new haven, even helping their mom decorate and pick out furniture. “It’s happy,” Jolie added. “Happy and light, and we needed that.” The stunning home also features a library, a pool, a view of the Griffith Observatory, and even a “parkour treehouse” that the doting mom had built for her active kiddos.
Jolie attended the Toronto International Film Festival this week with all six children in tow to promote her new movie First They Killed My Father (which Maddox co-executive produced and Pax acted as an on-set photographer). “They really help me so much. We’re really such a unit. They’re the best friends I’ve ever had,” she said. “Nobody in my life has ever stood by me more.”
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