Angelina Jolie Explained Why She Plans On Leaving Hollywood When Her Divorce From Brad Pitt Is Finalized

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

This article contains mention of physical and emotional abuse.

Angelina Jolie is opening up about her divorce from Brad Pitt.

A closeup of the two at an event
Jason Laveris / FilmMagic

Brad and Angelina, who share six kids, got married in 2014 after almost a decade of dating. However, they suddenly split in 2016, with Angelina citing “irreconcilable differences” as she filed for divorce.

closeup of her at a movie premiere
Samir Hussein / Samir Hussein / WireImage

Angelina’s decision to end their marriage supposedly came right after Brad was accused of being physically abusive towards her and their eldest child, Maddox, on a private plane in Sept. 2016. Maddox was 15 at the time.

closeup of B4ad in suit and tie on sage
Julien M. Hekimian / Getty Images

Angelina purportedly detailed the alleged plane incident in legal documents, accusing Brad of physical and emotional abuse. This led to Brad — who reportedly admitted to shouting at his son, but denied physically harming him or Angelina — being investigated by the FBI, though he was ultimately cleared of the charges.

brad and his kids a a media event
Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage

The alleged private plane incident, along with their disputes over their shared assets and custody, meant that Angelina and Brad have endured an incredibly messy split, which is still unfolding in the public eye.

  Justin Tallis - Pa Images / PA Images via Getty Images
Justin Tallis - Pa Images / PA Images via Getty Images

In 2021, Angelina opened up about the toll that the public divorce has taken on her, admitting that she’s felt “broken” for the “last decade.”

closeup of Angelina
Anita Bugge / WireImage

Now reflecting on the impacts of the split in a little more detail, Angelina — who sat down with Wall Street Journal this week — revealed that once her and Brad’s divorce is finalized, she plans on leaving Los Angeles entirely.

A closeup of Angelina
Karwai Tang / WireImage

Explaining that she finds Hollywood and its surrounding areas to be “shallow,” Angelina detailed her hopes to spend more time seeking “authenticity,” and noted that because of her divorce, she’s been unable to travel as “freely” as she’d have liked to over the past few years.

Angelina speaking behind a podium
Carl Court / AFP via Getty Images

For some context, Angelina has spent years visiting refugee camps across the globe and working with the United Nations to support refugees. She’s also adopted three of her six children from orphanages in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.

Angelina and her kids at a movie premiere
Amy Sussman / WireImage,

Angelina told WSJ, “Because I grew up around Hollywood, I was never very impressed with it. I never bought into it as significant or important.”

Angelina speaking behing a podium for variety power of women event
Amy Sussman / Getty Images for Variety

“I grew up in quite a shallow place. Of all the places in the world, Hollywood is not a healthy place. So you seek authenticity,” she went on.

closeup of Angelina on stage in a sleek strapless dress
Kevin Winter / Getty Images

“There’s a reason people who have been through hardship are also much more honest and much more connected, and I am more relaxed with them,” she said. “Why do I like spending time with people who’ve survived and are refugees? They’ve confronted so much in life that it brings forward not just strength, but humanity.”

  Jason Laveris / FilmMagic
Jason Laveris / FilmMagic

“I realized my closest friends are refugees. Maybe four out of six of the women that I am close to are from war and conflict,” she said, adding that in LA, on the other hand, she said that she doesn’t have much of a “social life.”

Angelina went on to say that "after" her divorce, she "lost the ability to live and travel as freely." She revealed, "I will move when I can."

closeup of brad and angelina at an event
Jason Laveris / FilmMagic

Speaking of her divorce more closely, Angelina shared that she and her kids have “had to heal” following the tumultuous past few years.

closeup of angelina with her kids following close behind
Valerie Macon / AFP via Getty Images

“We had to heal,” she said. “There are things we needed to heal from.”

closeup of her and her kids
Tim P. Whitby / Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images

“They are the closest people to me and my life, and they’re my close friends,” she later added, speaking of how close she is with her kids. “We’re seven very different people, which is our strength.”

You can read Angelina’s full interview with WSJ here.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger as a result of domestic violence, call 911. For anonymous, confidential help, you can call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or chat with an advocate via the website.

If you are concerned that a child is experiencing or may be in danger of abuse, you can call or text the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-2253 (4.A.CHILD).

More on this