Angelina Jolie Is ‘Very Honest’ With Her Kids And Encourages Them To Be ‘Fully Themselves’
Dec 04, 2022 by apost team
Angelina Jolie is no stranger to the spotlight thanks to her former longtime relationship with Brad Pitt and the beautiful family they had together. Although the pair split in 2016 and officially separated in 2019, the actress has not given up on finding love. In fact, she’s been able to joke about her relatively new single lifestyle and has been relishing all the one-on-one moments of support she’s had with her children.
Jolie is most known for being an actress, filmmaker and humanitarian. She has received plenty of awards over the span of her career. She is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses and is one of the most beautiful and influential people in the entertainment industry. Her relationships over the years have been a highly talked about topic in the media, but it’s her sheer and raw talent that has kept her in the industry for such a long time.
Jolie has six children with Pitt, three of whom were adopted internationally. Her children include Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Vivienne, Shiloh and Knox. The family has learned to lean on one another, as they have spent so much time together in the spotlight.
On top of that, though, the children have been given opportunities to express themselves thanks in part to their supportive mother. Jolie has spoken about how great her kids are and how they all differ from each other now that they are older. The actress has also always encouraged her kids to be their most authentic selves.
Read on to learn more about Jolie’s personal life and how she’s encouraging her kids to be themselves.
The Jolie-Pitt kids have grown up in the public eye, and their mom couldn’t be prouder of the people they have become. Jolie is a mother to Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Vivienne, Shiloh and Knox.
"They're pretty great people," she said to People. "And because there's so many of them, I think they've had a very significant effect on each other. It's not like I'm the head of anything. I'm very honest with my kids. And I'm very human with my kids."
Being a mom has been the most important role in the actress’s life. "I have six very individual human beings in my home. I am so excited about all the different stages and feelings and curiosities that they go through. Why wouldn't you be?" Jolie said. "We're supposed to help them figure out who they are. And you can't figure out who they are if you don't enthusiastically develop with them."
However, the actress admitted to feeling powerless at times when it comes to the challenges of raising kids – and so many kids at that. "I'm not a perfect parent by any means," she explained. "Every day I feel like I'm more aware of everything I don't do right. And I'm pretty tough on myself because I feel often, 'Am I doing the right thing? Did I say the right thing?'"
In spite of those challenges, the mother of six has raised very caring and thoughtful children. She also shared that the love she gets from her kids has changed her for the better. She added, "My children have done many, many loving things. My children's kindness has been very healing to me."
It’s evident that Jolie’s kids have been incredibly beneficial to her personal healing, and the love goes both ways. The actress has been nothing but supportive of her children and has always taught them that they should live their lives as they please and as their most genuine selves.
Speaking with Harper’s Bazaar in 2019, Jolie talked about how she admires others and what she hopes for them. She said:
“I see so much beauty in other people. Not when they are pretending to be something other than their true selves. Not when they are harming others. Not when they lie. But the wild ones. The emotional, open, searching ones, longing to be free. The honest ones. Because anything else is a cage impossible to live in.”
Jolie also shared how it’s “very hard” to have a “life fully lived,” but it’s something she tries to do and something she motivates her kids to do. She said:
“I am conscious every day that I have the freedom to speak openly and to make my own choices. And the ability to encourage my children to explore the world, including the world of ideas and expression, without there being limits to what they are allowed to study or know or imagine themselves doing in the future.”
The actress continued, “I think we all know boldness when we see it. Nothing makes me smile more than when I see someone being fully themselves, with their own individual style and character, whatever that is.”
We’re inspired to see Jolie being so proud of her six kids and always being a shoulder for them to lean on.Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Knox Jolie-Pitt (2021), (Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images)
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