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Angelina Jolie admits she didn't recognise herself after her split with Brad Pitt

''I felt a deep and real sadness, I was hurt.''

By Alex Lilly
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's 2016 break up was perhaps one of the biggest Hollywood splits in recent history, but now Angelina has opened up about how hard the experience was.
In a chat with French magazine Madame Figaro, the 44 year-old Oscar winning actress has revealed that the end of her relationship and beginning of her separation was particularly tough, adding that she "didn't recognise [her]self."
"It was a complicated moment, when I did not recognise myself anymore where I had become ... how to say ... smaller, as insignificant, even if it was not necessarily obvious," she told the publication, adding: "I felt a deep and real sadness, I was hurt."
However the Malificent star remarked that conversely, it was "interesting to reconnect with this humility" and even her feelings of insignificance.
"Finally, here is perhaps what is human ... In addition to all this, I had some health concerns. All these things settle in you and remind you of how lucky you are to be alive. This is yet another lesson to pass on to my children: the idea of ​​renewal, and above all, a possible return to the joy of living. I have to rediscover the joy ..."
"It was a complicated moment, when I did not recognise myself anymore." (Image: Getty Images)
Reports say Angelina filed for divorce from her husband of two years after Brad and their eldest son Maddox had a fight on a plane. The Girl, Interrupted star also requested full custody of their six children.
In September, 18 year-old Maddox, who is currently studying at Yonsei University in South Korea, was questioned by paparazzi about his family, with one asking if Brad was was going to visit him at university.
In the video obtained by In Touch Maddox simply replied, "Um, I don't know about that … what's happening."
He was then asked if his relationship with his father is over for good. And ever the diplomatic son, Maddox simply replied, "Whatever happens, happens."
WATCH: Angelina Jolie drops off Maddox at university. Post continues after video...
Angelina, however, remains a dedicated mum to her six children Maddox, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Speaking to PEOPLE at the Los Angeles premiere of her newest movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the award-winning actress and humanitarian was asked where she got her strength from, to which she simply replied: "My kids."
While Maddox remained in South Korea studying, her five youngest kids accompanied her on the red carpet. Talk about family goals!
Five out of six of Angelina's kids joined her at the world premiere of her newest movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. (Image: Getty Images)