Hollywood icon Angelina Jolie has broken her silence on what really ended her marriage to Brad Pitt.
After a 12-year-long relationship, ‘Brangelina’ came to an end as the couple separated in September 2016 divorcing after two years of marriage.
Although the break-up was well reported on in the media, we have always been unclear as to why the couple really split up.
Now for the first time Jolie has spoken out about what exactly happened revealing that it has a lot to do with her cancer scares.
Back in 2013 aged 37 Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning that due to a defective gene she had inherited from her family she had an 87 per cent risk of developing breast cancer.
Her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, had breast cancer and later died from ovarian cancer.
Two years after her surgery, test results revealed Jolie had possible signs of ovarian cancer and so she underwent a preventive oophorectomy having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.
Being an inspiration to women across the world, Jolie always emphasised that the surgeries were a testament to her strength and having them didn’t make her any less feminine.
She also encouraged other women to keep an eye out for signs of cancer and look after their health.
One thing Jolie never touched upon though was the impact her health was having on her relationship with Pitt.
There have of course been plenty of rumours flying around about why the couple separated with suggestions including that Pitt was cheating on Jolie with actress Marion Cotillard on the set of Allied and that his drug use and temper was becoming a problem with Jolie being concerned about the safety of her children.
However, in an interview on The Hollywood Reporter‘s podcast Awards Chatter, Jolie has revealed that her health problems put pressure on their relationship saying:
My life has been… I’ve had many, many extraordinary very fortunate things happen and it’s also been many things over the years that had been challenging. So that wasn’t a particular time when I wrote it… I had my mastectomy right before I had Unbroken.
Over the span of that decade, I did lose my mother, I did have my mastectomy, and I did then have an ovarian cancer scare and had that surgery as well, and other things of course that happened in life that you go through.
Although we can only assume, it seems that the couple were struggling and in what appears to be an attempt to save her marriage, Jolie then chose to work with Pitt on 2015’s By The Sea.
We had met working together and we worked together well… I wanted us to do some serious work together… I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate.
However, the couple separated soon after the cameras had stopped rolling.
In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on and it wasn’t because of the film.
A piece of art can be something that’s healing or something that’s difficult. I don’t know.
I’m glad we did that film because we did explore something together. Whatever it was maybe it didn’t solve certain things, but we did communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other.
It may not have saved their marriage but working together on By The Sea did appear to have resolved something for the couple who then chose the best path for them.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.