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Pitt, 57, and Jolie, 46, started dating back in 2005, before tying the knot in 2014. They divorced in 2019, having raised six children together - three of whom were adopted from countries stricken by poverty.
When asked by The Guardian if she felt fearful for her family during her marriage to Pitt, she said: "Yes, for my family. My whole family."
However, the Maleficent actor adds that she found it difficult to divorce him.
"I'm not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly," she explained.
"It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children."
Jolie confessed that she couldn't go into too much detail regarding the relationship due to legal reasons.
However, she says she was initially left 'broken' by the experience of her divorce, although she still wants her family to 'heal and be peaceful'.
Jolie said: "All of us, including their dad. I want us to heal and be peaceful. We'll always be a family."
When asked how she was doing, she responded: "I'm realising that sometimes you can survive things, but not know how to feel and live in the same way.
"So it's more about being open. I'm really trying to be open as a human being again."
A few months ago, Pitt was granted joint custody of five of his six children after a lengthy battle with Jolie.
The court proceedings were closed, so very little is known about the intricacies of the case.
A private judge, John Ouderkirk, was hired to oversee the case.
After months of witness testimony, which included child services professionals who interviewed the Jolie-Pitt children, the decision was made to allow the 57-year-old joint custody.
The ruling affects how Brad interacts with Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins, Vivienne and Knox.
Their oldest child, Maddox, is 19 years old and therefore isn't subject to any legal ruling regarding custody.
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