Angelina Jolie reveals her children are her 'best friends'

She's been surrounded by her six children amid her messy divorce from Brad Pitt. 

And Angelina Jolie has revealed that her brood are the best friends she could ever ask for in a candid interview with the New York Times.

The 42-year-old single mother reflected on the the hardships that she has faced on the course of her career, but explained that criticism and public perception had no bearing on her as she only cares about the opinion of her kids. 

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Family: Angelina Jolie has revealed that her brood are the best friends she could ever ask for in a candid interview with the New York Times

Family: Angelina Jolie has revealed that her brood are the best friends she could ever ask for in a candid interview with the New York Times

Angelina - who split from husband Brad in September - has children Maddox, 16, and Pax, 13, Shiloh, 11, Zahara, 12, as well as twins Knox and Vivienne, both nine.

Speaking about the strength she found in her children, she explained that they have 'helped' and 'stood by her' in times of crisis.

She reasoned:'They’re the best friends I’ve ever had.'

The Oscar-winning actress admitted that they had been rallying around each other now more than ever in the wake of her separation. 

Support: The 42-year-old single mother reflected on the the hardships that she has faced on the course of her career, but explained that criticism and public perception had no bearing on her as she only cares about the opinion of her kids (Pictured with children L-R Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt)

Support: The 42-year-old single mother reflected on the the hardships that she has faced on the course of her career, but explained that criticism and public perception had no bearing on her as she only cares about the opinion of her kids (Pictured with children L-R Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt)

Candid: Angelina split from husband Brad Pitt in September (Pictured in 2015)

Candid: Angelina split from husband Brad Pitt in September (Pictured in 2015)

She explained: 'None of it’s easy. It’s very, very difficult, a very painful situation, and I just want my family healthy.'

With her family on her mind, she has no time to entertain the thoughts of others, as she reasoned that she never expected to be popular. 

Defiantly, she explained: 'I never expect to be the one that everybody understands or likes and that’s O.K., because I know who I am, and the kids know who I am.'

Her candid confession comes a month after she addressed the split in a in-depth interview for the September issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands August 4.

The director revealed that 'things got bad' between the two by summer of 2016, adding that 'It's just been the hardest time, and we're just kind of coming up for air.'

After the filing, she took the kids and stayed in a rental until purchasing a $25 million mansion in Los Feliz, California; she moved in just four days before the Vanity Fair interview. 

The Lara Croft: Tomb Raider star said the new house is 'a big jump forward for us, and we're all trying to do our best to heal as a family.'

On the time with her kids after the split, Angelina says she's been trying to 'be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories.'

The Oscar winner said she's gotten better at the tasks. She bought the massive home because she need a private place with a lot of space for her and her kids.

The mansion, which was at one time owned by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, is 11,000 square feet with six bedrooms and ten bathrooms.

She said things between her and Brad got 'bad' last summer, however she 'didn't want to use that word' and noted that 'things became difficult.'

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