Jolie, 42, has been a near-constant companion to the Cambodian writer and activist, whose book First They Killed My Father was turned into a film by the same name.
Though Ung is married to her college boyfriend, Mike Priemer, and the two share a home near Cleveland, sources said she has been a frequent guest at Jolie’s Los Feliz home in L.A. “Angie has grown to love and rely on Loung,” one source told Radar. “She says she gets her like no man ever did — even Brad. It’s like they’re joined at the hip!”
Jolie and Ung, 47, met when the star first visited Cambodia more than 16 years ago. “We clicked right away — she was really, really authentic,” Ung said.
Jolie picked up Ung’s book from a street vendor and was immediately inspired by it — later producing, directing and co-writing the film version. “I didn’t realize how much my education was lacking and how much I needed to learn,” Jolie said. “This book was an education for me...I wanted to find Loung.”
Once she did, their friendship blossomed — and insiders report it has grown much, much deeper over the years! “She’s become part of Angie’s family,” the source said. “The kids call her Auntie Loung. It’s as if she’s taken Brad’s place!”
Ung’s arrival couldn’t have come at a better time. As Radar reported, the Maleficent star was suffering and after her brutal 2016 split from Brad. “It’s been difficult,” Jolie said. “I don’t enjoy being single. It’s not something I wanted.”
“Loung’s been a godsend,” the source said. “Angie’s looking better and feeling better and Loung’s the reason. She’s saved her life!”
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