ANGELINA Jolie has bravely opened up on the "traumatic" nature of "the last decade" which saw her marriage to Brad Pitt collapse and ignited an ongoing custody battle for their kids.
The Maleficent actress, 46, was wed to the Oceans Eleven star, 57, between 2014 and 2019.
'BROKEN' BY BRAD
After spending 12 years together, the Tomb Raider actress cited “irreconcilable differences” on the divorce papers.
Since then their split has been embroiled in bitterness, with the pair currently locking horns in a nasty custody dispute over their six kids – and Angelina making it clear she wants them to testify.
The Human rights advocate has been fighting Brad in court since they split in September 2016 and has now opened up on her raw suffering in the aftermath.
In an understandably emotionally-charged interview with the UK Guardian,she said her traumatic experiences had left her "broken."
She told the publication her hurt had spanned longer than the five years since her split with Brad, and said: "I mean, in some ways it’s been the last decade.
"There’s a lot I can’t say.
"I think at the end of the day, even if you and a few people you love are the only people who know the truth of your life, what you fight for, or what you sacrifice, or what you’ve suffered, you come to be at peace with that, regardless of everything going on around you."
The former couple share six kids together: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 13.
Earlier in the interview, the Golden Globe Award winner spoke of the differing rights accorded to children in both Europe and the US.
It has been reported Angelina wants her kids to testify in the custody case after seeking advice from childrens' therapists.
Court documents previously revealed three of their brood were willing to do just this in front of a judge.
When addressing whether she previously feared for her family, Angelina candidly replied: "Yes, for my family. My whole family."
She added: "I’m not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly. It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children."
The actress has bidded to retain custody of their children amid allegations Pitt was "abusive" to their then 15-year-old son Maddox during a private jet flight from France to the US.
Following a review, the FBI and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family cleared the actor of any wrongdoing.
Back in May, Judge John W. Ouderkirk granted joint custody to the Fight Club actor.
However, a California appeals court reportedly disqualified Judge Ouderkirk because he allegedly had not sufficiently disclosed matters involving the Seven Years in Tibet actor.
Judge Ouderkirk – who supposedly has history with the former couple – had reportedly married Brad and Angelina back in 2014.
It’s believed the lower courts ruled in Angelina's favor to remove Judge Ouderkirk and dropped his ruling from the custody case.
Just days ago, Brad slammed Angelina’s custody win and demanded a "review" of the private judge ruling that sacked his 50-50 agreement.
According to the court papers obtained by PageSix, Brad will reportedly challenge his former wife’s win in their child custody case in the California Supreme Court.
A statement from the actor’s lawyers said: “We are seeking review in the California Supreme Court because the temporary judge, who had been appointed and repeatedly renewed by both sides, was improperly disqualified after providing a detailed, fact-based custodial decision, following a lengthy legal process with multiple witnesses and experts.”
The high-profile couple, previously dubbed Brangelina, have already spent millions on their high-profile custody battle.
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