Angelina Jolie Breaks Down In First Interview Since Split: 'I'm Coping'

Feb. 20 2017, Updated 11:31 a.m. ET

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Angelina Jolie has spoken out about her sudden split from Brad Pitt for the very first time.

In an emotional interview with BBC World News' Yalda Hakim in Cambodia, released on Sunday, the 41-year-old nearly broke down as she discussed the "difficult" divorce.

"I don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and. . .and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it," she revealed.

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Jolie has been in Cambodia with her children to promote her latest directorial passion project, First They Killed My Father. According to the actress and activist, her big brood, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8, have been helping her cope.

"Many, many people find themselves in this situation," she said. "My whole, my family. . .we've all being through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children. . .and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer."

As Radar previously reported, Pitt and Jolie's split came after an alleged altercation took place in front of the children aboard the family's private plane.

Now, Jolie said she's been trying to find a new normal.

"It's been a difficult few months. Right now, I'm going through a moment when just everybody's in my room," she said with a laugh. "Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It's wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who's going to get the dog out, who's going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth."

Meanwhile, Pitt has been working towards a reconciliation but the actor's efforts could all be for nothing.

"Brad's jumped through all the hoops now, and he's gone for child therapy, he's been cleared by the authorities and the lowest statutory rights he has as a father would be overnight stays with the children," a source told Radar.

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