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Angelina Jolie explains why she plans on leaving Hollywood after her divorce from Brad Pitt

The actress, who has time and again expressed that she's not a big fan of Hollywood, will reportedly move to her home in Cambodia.

Angelina Jolie explains why she plans on leaving Hollywood after her divorce from Brad Pitt
Cover Image Source: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of "By the Sea" at the 2015 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were considered to be the golden couple of the Hollywood industry for a while before their shocking split. According to Business Insider, the pair first met on the sets of their film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" in 2004 and soon after that, Pitt separated from his then-wife Jennifer Aniston and moved on with Jolie. After a decade of dating and sharing six kids between them, the pair got hitched in 2014, but none of the fans or tabloids predicted their sudden separation in 2016.

Image Source: Angelina Jolie of Marvel Studios' 'The Eternals' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Image Source: Angelina Jolie of Marvel Studios' 'The Eternals' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

However, this split left Jolie wounded as she filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences" and the media speculated that the actress decided to part ways with Pitt after he was accused of being physically abusive towards her and their eldest child, Maddox, on a private plane in September 2016, per Buzzfeed News. Pitt was under FBI investigation, where he admitted to shouting at his adopted son, Maddox, but denied physically harming his kids or his then-wife. He was later cleared of the charges pressed against him.

Writer-director-producer-actress Angelina Jolie Pitt (L) and actor-producer Brad Pitt attend the after party for the opening night gala premiere of Universal Pictures'
Image Source: Angelina Jolie Pitt (L) and actor-producer Brad Pitt attend the after party for the opening night gala premiere of Universal Pictures' "By the Sea" during AFI FEST 2015. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)

However, the heavily publicized divorce took a toll on Jolie and she later opened up about feeling "broken," per the outlet. She sat down for a chat with the Wall Street Journal recently and revealed that she plans on leaving the Hollywood industry behind and moving on once her divorce is finalized. "We had to heal," Angelina added, "There are things we needed to heal from."  The 48-year-old actress added that she finds Hollywood and its surrounding areas to be "shallow" and Jolie has been dedicated to seeking more "authenticity" in her life and traveling freely like she used to in the past few years.

Image Source: Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visits Libya to help agencies bringing aid to Libyans in Tripoli and Misrata on October 11, 2011 in Misrata, Libya. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)
Image Source: Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visits Libya to help agencies bringing aid to Libyans in Tripoli and Misrata on October 11, 2011 in Misrata, Libya. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)

The Oscar-winning actress, who is known for her philanthropy and humanitarian work across the globe, spent years visiting refugee camps and working with the United Nations to support them. She’s also adopted three of her six children from orphanages in Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. “Because I grew up around Hollywood, I was never very impressed with it. I never bought into it as significant or important. 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 continued in her interview with the outlet.

Image Source: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Knox Jolie-Pitt attends the
Image Source: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Knox Jolie-Pitt attends the "The Eternals" UK Premiere at BFI IMAX Waterloo on October 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

“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,” Jolie mentioned. “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. 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 and added that compared to her time spent with the refugees, she didn't have much of a social life in Los Angeles.



 

Jolie surprisingly added that she wouldn't pursue a career in Hollywood if she were starting out now and recounted her struggles with fame and the pressure to live a public life. "I wouldn't be an actress today," Jolie told the publication. "When I was starting out, it wasn't as much of an expectation to be as public, to share so much. Since I was young, people liked the part of me that's pretty tough and maybe a bit wild — that's the part that I think people enjoy," she said, "I'm not the one you want to hear about my pain or my sadness. You know, that's not entertaining." Jolie made her film debut in the 1982 film "Lookin' to Get Out" and she went on to try her hand at directing as well.

Image Source: Actor Jon Voight with son James Haven, daughter Angelina Jolie, and mother Barbara Kamp, arrive at the 1986 Academy Awards. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Image Source: Actor Jon Voight with son James Haven, daughter Angelina Jolie, and mother Barbara Kamp, arrive at the 1986 Academy Awards. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

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