Angelina Jolie opened up on Wednesday about her hypertension and Bell’s palsy diagnosis and how her family is dealing with a public divorce from her now-ex, Brad Pitt.
The Oscar-winning actress and U.N.Goodwill ambassador spoke to Vanity Fair about how her six children were coping with the split and the new development with her health. Along with hypertension, Jolie, 42, said she was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, when muscle weakness occurs on one side of the face, due to damaged facial nerves.
“Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” Jolie told Vanity Fair. “Until it manifests itself in their own health.”
Jolie, who previously had a double mastectomy, said acupuncture helped her recover from Bell’s palsy, but she now notices her skin becoming drier and she has a few extra gray hairs.
“I can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had,” she joked, adding that she “actually feels more of a woman” these days.
“I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete,” Jolie said.
Nearly a year after Jolie and Pitt’s split was announced, the actress is settling in with her children in the new Los Angeles mansion she purchased for $25 million.