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Angelina Jolie: PARADE’s Cover Girl

[picappgallerysingle id=”5857631″]Angelina Jolie, PARADE interview

A beautiful yet simple photo of Angelina Jolies face graces the cover of this weeks’ PARADE, which features yet another new interview…. and it is hard to take your eyes off of her. I think “breathtaking” is an accurate word to describe Jolie in the photo, not that it is all that surprising.

The headline,”How I’ve Changed”, pretty much says it all- Jolie discusses her journey from her rebellious younger days to her  current life with Brad and the kids. And what should be almost sickeningly sweet talk about life and love translates as genuine and endearing.

When asked whether or not her children are the reason she and Brad stay together, Jolie is quick to point out that while the kids do connect them in ways they otherwise wouldn’t be, she and Brad love each other and love spending time together.

Brad and I love being together. We enjoy it. We need it, and we always find that special time. We stay connected. We talk about it. It’s very important. If Brad and I are strong and happy, then our kids have happy parents, and that’s the best thing we can give them.

As for love, Jolie says:

I feel sad for someone who has never known love. Love elevates. You know, Brad would joke about me having this conversation about love. Love? It’s such a funny word. Brad can find certain phrases of poetry for it. I’m terrible at it. But I know it means wanting the best for the people you love, putting their interests above your own, always. Love does that. Love is what you live for.

Jolie speaks candidly of her rebellious past describing what she was going through in words that most can relate to, regardless of how they were expressed:

I used to cut myself or jump out of airplanes, trying to find something new to push up against because sometimes everything else felt too easy. I was searching for something deeper, something more. I tried everything. I always felt caged, closed in, like I was punching at things that weren’t there. I always had too much energy for the room I was in.”

Later in the interview she adds, “I unlocked my cage years ago. I want my children to have that freedom. I want that for other people, too.”

As for home life with Brad and the kids?

“There’s never a period when Brad and I are pulled apart. We are not separated for more than three days, ever. We stay really connected. We actually don’t go out much. It’s funny. We’re very homebound. We’re very much Mommy and Daddy in our pajamas.”

Jolie also speaks about her mom, Marcheline Bertrand, who died in 2007 of ovarian cancer, describing her as someone who always put others before herself… and before tearing up said:

At the end, she said her greatest success was being a mother. I remember Mother singing in church. How pretty she was! I lit candles with her. She said she had missed nothing in life except getting to know her grandchildren. When she passed away, I brought my son to church to light a candle for her.

The full interview will be available in the Sunday, July 11 issue of PARADE, which of course can be found in your Sunday newspaper… Um, is it Sunday yet?

Stella is a self proclaimed domestic goddess, a small town girl with a love of fashion and gossip. No, seriously. Oh, and caffeine. She loves caffeine.

Stella Bella – who has written 1140 posts on Celebrity VIP Lounge.

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