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Angelina Jolie Opens Up Like Never Before

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were in a relationship for more than 12 years and married from 2014 to 2016. Now the 44-year-old actress has opened up about her recovering process after the "painful" divorce from the Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood star. Angelina Jolie said she has struggled with both physical and emotional changes in the past few years, and claims to "have both visible and invisible scars."

Jolie and Pitt have three biological children (Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox,) as well as three adopted children (Maddox, Pax, and Zahara,) who have helped her to find herself again. "I learn from their strength. As parents, we encourage our kids to embrace all that they are, and all that they know in their hearts to be right, and they look back at us and want the same for us," she said, according to E! Online.

Angelina Jolie talks about her "invisible" scars

Besides her split from Brad Pitt three years ago, Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy in 2013 following a breast reconstruction as part of a cancer prevention treatment. Two years later she also had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Angelina said she had a really hard time finding herself again after dealing with medical procedures; it took a while for her to feel like her old self.

The very talented actress also revealed how she struggled with certain situations when she was younger, like being labelled for being who she was. "At school I wasn’t that popular person; I was a punk. I loved leather," said Angelina, before explaining she considers labeling people and putting them into boxes is not freedom because "difference and diversity are what I value most—in my family and in others."

This is how the Maleficent star has been recovering from her divorce and her "invisible scars"

The gorgeous Angelina is very aware of the fact that people can't prevent pain but they can live better through it. Her way of doing that is by staying true to herself and having the freedom to speak openly about her life. "Nothing makes me smile more than when I see someone being fully themselves, with their own individual style and character, whatever that is," she explained. 

Angelina Jolie said that she used to focus on what she didn't have when she was younger, but now she realizes the freedoms she had in comparison to other people. Nowadays she tries to make the best out of it and tries to be a better version of herself by having the freedom to build her family, to create art and play the characters she likes on screen. She also encourages people to live more fully, be curious, explore, and stand up for themselves, "My favorite place is somewhere I’ve never been. I like to be dropped into the middle of something new. Say the thing you’ve been afraid to say. Put down this magazine, and go and do one thing today you’ve never done before."