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Angelina Jolie Quotes About Divorce That Shed Light On Her Progressive Ideals

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On Tuesday, September 20, TMZ broke the news that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. Though the world is still holding its breath waiting for details and information on what went wrong in the marriage, Angelina Jolie's quotes on divorce offer a candid view on the activist's view on how she feels about separating from a partner. Her parents, actor Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, divorced when Jolie was an infant, and Jolie is twice divorced from partners Jonny Lee Miller (whom she was married to from 1996 until 1999), and Billy Bob Thornton (whom she was with from 2000-2003).

In an incredibly candid interview with Elle magazine, Jolie said of her life at the time (the interview was published in June 2014):

Jolie and Pitt, who've been together for almost 12 years, share six children together: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Vivienne and Knox. Sources connected to the couple told TMZ that the divorce stems from the "way Brad was parenting" the children, however neither Jolie nor Pitt have confirmed the claim made by sources against Pitt's parenting. Romper reached out to both parties' publicists and attorneys, but had not yet heard back at the time of publication. A statement given to Reuters by Jolie's attorney Robert Offer read: "This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time."

In a statement provided to PEOPLE, Pitt said:

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US actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the screening of the movie 'Inglourious Basterds' in competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2009. CROPPED VERSION AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

On Friendship:

In a sit-down interview with BuzzFeed on her previous work, Jolie said that one of the things she remembers most about her film Hackers in 1995 (where she met first-husband Jonny Lee Miller), Jolie said noted that love was one of the biggest things that came to mind when thinking of the film. She added,

On Genuine Care And Concern:

Billy Bob Thornton, speaking with YourTango.com, added that he and Angelina still check-in with each other. Though it isn't exactly a quote straight from Jolie, Thornton's incredibly personal admission shows just how important a role they've each played in the lives on the other, and just how deeply the care and consideration for one another still runs. He told the publication,

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 8: UN Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie arrives at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial at Lancaster House on September 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

On Staying Away From What's "Safe" And "Traditional":

Though it's not directly a quote on divorce, Jolie's prerogative when it comes to living her life offers a wonderfully honest view of how she hopes, plans, and intends to always live her life. She told Elle in 2014 that staying true to herself is one of the foremost guiding principles of her existence, and that's something that factors into everything from work to play to relationships: