• Angelina Jolie admitted she feared for her children's rights and safety after split from Brad Pitt
  • Jolie insisted that her decision to file for divorce from Pitt in 2016 was not one she made "lightly"
  • The "Maleficent" star said she wanted her family to heal and move forward, including Pitt

Angelina Jolie has shared new details about her custody battle and divorce from ex-husband Brad Pitt.

In a new interview with The Guardian, the "Eternals" star spoke about fearing for the safety of her whole family while married to Pitt and ultimately wanting peace for all of them, including her ex.

"I’m not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly. It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children," Jolie said of her decision to file for divorce from the actor in September 2016.

At the time, Jolie alleged that Pitt was drunk and abusive toward their then-15-year-old son, Maddox, while on a private plane. Pitt denied the allegation but admitted he had an alcohol problem and attended AA meetings after their separation. The FBI cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2016.

The former couple — who also share Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13 — officially divorced in 2019, but the custody battle for the kids continues.

Jolie told The Guardian that her separation from Pitt left her feeling "broken" and that the last five years have taken a lot of out of her.

"I mean, in some ways it’s been the last decade. There’s a lot I can’t say,” she said. "I think at the end of the day, even if you and a few people you love are the only people who know the truth of your life, what you fight for, or what you sacrifice, or what you’ve suffered, you come to be at peace with that, regardless of everything going on around you."

When asked about whether or not she feared for her children’s safety at the time, the Oscar-winning actress admitted, "Yes, for my family. My whole family."

However, she declined to go into detail regarding what happened to make her fear for her children's rights, explaining, "I'm still in my own legal situation. I can't speak about that."

The "Maleficent" star also said that she's now hoping for her family to "heal," including Pitt.

"It’s not that I want to talk about anything really, because I just want my family to heal. And I want everyone to move forward – all of us, including their dad. I want us to heal and be peaceful. We’ll always be a family," she told the outlet.

In May, Pitt was granted joint custody of their children, except Maddox, by Judge John W. Ouderkirk, who previously officiated the former couple's 2014 wedding.

Jolie challenged the ruling, and a California appeals court approved her request to disqualify the judge in July. As a result, she retained full-time custody of the children, while Pitt was granted only visitation rights.

Last week, Pitt filed an appeal requesting the state's highest court to review the decision on Ouderkirk's disqualification. He argued that the court "created a conflict" and "incorrectly applied" a crucial requirement to remove the judge from the case.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Centre on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Dan MacMedan/WireImage