Angelina opens up about life post loss

Angelina Jolie gets real about the struggles of life after losing a parent, and pens out a beautiful yet heartbreaking tribute to her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand.

After losing her battle to ovarian cancer, Bertrand passed in 2007 at just 56 years old.

"I lost my mother in my thirties," Jolie wrote.

Angelina Jolie attends the photocall of the movie "Maleficent – Mistress Of Evil" 

"When I look back to that time, I can see how much her death changed me. It was not sudden, but so much shifted inside. Losing a mother’s love and warm, soft embrace is like having someone rip away a protective blanket," she continued.

The mother of six recalls Bertrand's struggles following a divorce from Jolie's famous father, Jon Voight. 


"When my father had an affair, it changed her life. It set her dream of family life ablaze. But she still loved being a mother," Jolie said.

Furthermore, it was this separation that continued to challenge Bertrand, and Jolie explains, "Her dreams of being an actor faded as she found herself, at the age of 26, raising two children with a famous ex who would cast a long shadow on her life. After she died, I found a video of her acting in a short film. She was good. It was all possible for her."

Angelina Jolie with her late mother Marcheline Bertrand

A few years after Bertrand's passing, Jolie got a small "W" on her hand, representing the Rolling Stones song "Winter", which Bertrand used to sing to the actress as a baby.

“As the ‘W’ faded on my hand, so did that feeling of home and protection," she wrote.

"Life has taken many turns. I’ve had my own loss and seen my life take a different direction. And it hurt more than I imagined it ever would," she confessed.


Jolie then spoke of her own experiences as a mother saying, "It is a lovely thing to discover that your children don’t want you perfect. They just want you honest. And doing your best."

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"In fact," she continued, "The more room they have to be great where you are weak, the stronger they may become. They love you. They want to help you."

Jolie, who is a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also added on Mother's Day she thinks of those women suffering around the world.

"This Mother’s Day, I think of refugee mothers I have met, living in poverty and displacement. Every one began her journey of motherhood with a promise to do all she could to protect her child. To lay down her life if necessary," she wrote.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets Falak, 8, during a visit to West Mosul during a visit to Iraq.

Jolie added, "I’ve come to believe that a mother is the strongest person on earth."