Angelina Jolie gave a very open interview to Harper’s Bazaar about her six children’s impact on her and how she wants them to live globally. She candidly admitted that she plans to move abroad in seven years, once her youngest children, 11-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, turn 18. Why not now? Because of her ex-husband Brad Pitt, Jolie said.
“I would love to live abroad and will do so as soon as my children are 18,” she wrote in her email interview with the outlet. “Right now I’m having to base where their father chooses to live.” That base is Los Angeles.
Jolie does have homes abroad though that her family spends time in, including one in Cambodia. She also revealed to the outlet that she is building a house in Africa, too. “My favorite place is somewhere I’ve never been,” she mused. “I like to be dropped into the middle of something new. I enjoy being out of my element. I want the children to grow up in the world—not just learning about it but living it and having friends around the world. Next year, we break ground on a home in Africa.”
Jolie wrote about how her kids Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox understand who she truly is when asked by the outlet if she feels like she’s finding herself again.
“The part of us that is free, wild, open, curious can get shut down by life,” she started. “By pain or by harm. My children know my true self, and they have helped me to find it again and to embrace it. They have been through a lot. 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.”
“Knowing our true self is a very important question for all of us,” she continued. “Especially a child. I think kids need to be able to say, ‘Here’s who I am, and what I believe.’ We can’t prevent them from experiencing pain, heartache, physical pain, and loss. But we can teach them to live better through it.”
Read her full interview here on Harper’s Bazaar.