Angelina Jolie details stepping back in her career to be with her children

Angelina Jolie has detailed why she needed to step back in her career to spend time with her children during her custody battle with ex Brad Pitt

Appearing on Lorraine on Wednesday, the actress, 45, was asked about stepping back from directing, to which she responded: ‘I’ve been mostly home. But very important years to be home, a certain time in our family I’ve needed to be home.’  

The actress has been locked in legal battles with Brad over their kids, Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12, and appeared to allude to her woes when saying she needed to be home more.

Open and honest: Angelina Jolie has detailed why she needed to step back in her career to spend time with her children during her custody battle with ex Brad Pitt

Angelina, who is promoting her latest film Those Who Wish Me Dead which is due for release next week, spoke about her withdrawal from directing and her declaration that she was going to quit acting during an interview in 2014.  

On putting her directing work on hold recently, Angelina said: ‘The last few years I haven’t been able to direct. I’ve been home much more…

‘I’ve done a few films, but I’ve been mostly home. But very important years to be home, a certain time in our family I’ve needed to be home…

‘These are the years they’re really growing into adults. I’m happy to be here and make sure I do the best I can.’ 

Her nearest and dearest: The actress has been locked in legal battles with Brad over their kids, Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12, and appeared to allude to her woes when saying she needed to be home more (Brad and Angelina in 2015)

Her nearest and dearest: The actress has been locked in legal battles with Brad over their kids, Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12, and appeared to allude to her woes when saying she needed to be home more (Brad and Angelina in 2015)

Hands on: She shares Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12, with Brad

Hands on: She shares Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12, with Brad

Brad and Angelina announced their split in 2016 and were legally divorced in 2019, but things are far from amicable as she has alleged domestic abuse. 

They have been at war over their kids for five years, with Brad striving for 50/50 custody with Angelina wanting full physical custody. 

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