Angelina Jolie’s kids assure her she hasn’t “messed up” her life.
The ‘Eternals’ actress – who has Maddox, 19, Pax, 18, Zahara, 17, Shiloh, 16, and 13-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with ex-husband Brad Pitt – reaches out to her brood when they ” “Has doubts” and seeing them all growing up as “good people” allows her to see herself through her eyes.
She said: “When I have doubts and I don’t know who I am, I sit with them and feel like they know me better than anyone knows me.
“And then I see myself and I see them as good people, interesting people, all very strong individuals, and I think I can’t be all bad, I can’t have made a mess.”
The 47-year-old beauty hasn’t felt like her life is her own since having children.
She told UK magazine Harper’s Bazaar: “My children have influenced every aspect of my personality.
“The moment you become a parent, your life is no longer yours. You don’t know what ‘you’ are, it’s not really about your life anymore and that’s why you want to represent her, you want to be her role model, your best self.”
And the ‘Tomb Raider’ star is still ‘figuring out’ her own life following her divorce from Brad.
She said: “We’re all struggling because nobody’s a perfect person, so we’re just putting ourselves in check to ask, are we coming from the right place? And this growth knows no end.”
Although Angelina is known for her humanitarian work, she doesn’t want to burden her own children with the problems of the world and thinks they need some “silliness” in their lives to counteract the constant news cycle.
She said: “They are more connected than any generation has ever been and with that comes a wealth of information about the world we live in – some very scary things and they are exposed to all of them.
“They’re encouraged to do something about it, which is wonderful because it gives them agency, but they shouldn’t feel that pressure either.
“The biggest challenge for this generation is to help them seek joy and find peace… they need some silliness and rebellion.”