Angelina Jolie Opens Up About How Her Kids Are Coping With Her 'Painful' Divorce From Brad Pitt

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September 19 marks one year from when the news broke that Angelina was leaving Brad Pitt amid allegations of child abuse. Since Brangelina's demise, the Hollywood A-listers have tried to pick up the pieces and have discovered some new revelations along the way. Angelina Jolie recently opened up about her "painful" split from Brad Pitt, the need for a fresh start, and how their six children are dealing with it all.

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"[The kids] help me so much," the 42-year-old Academy Award winner tells the New York Times in an interview. "They're the best friends I've ever had. Nobody in my life has ever stood by me more."

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It's not hard to imagine how difficult the transition from married to single has been for Angelina and the six children (Maddox, 16; Pax, 13; Zahara, 12; Shiloh, 11; and twins Knox and Vivienne, 9) she shares with Brad Pitt. The actress has made it no secret she doesn't enjoy being unattached, but she continues to find her stride. This includes finally deciding on a new home for her children last spring, after moving out of Brad's house and a long-term stint in a rental.

"It took me a few months to realize that I was really going to have to do it. That there was going to have to be another base regardless of everything," Jolie tells the Times while discussing her California estate. "It has a lot of moments. It's happy. Happy and light, and we needed that."

Though Angelina is quick to confess that life hasn't been a walk in the park, the actress admits there's a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to her kids and how they're handling it all.

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"They're getting better," the mom notes. ".... None of it's easy. It's very, very difficult, a very painful situation, and I just want my family healthy."

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Angie also tells People that her role as a mom is what helps keep things in perspective, especially since her kids are in their tween and teen years.

"I have had my ups and downs. I guess I am a little bit stronger," Jolie admits in her interview with People. "We all have our difficult times, but as a mother you also have the responsibility first and foremost towards the kids. They are going through their formative years and everything else comes second to that."

Here's hoping life gets a little easier for everyone involved. 

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