Angelina Jolie has opened up about her divorce from Brad Pitt, saying she split from the Hollywood star for her family's "wellbeing". 

The 45-year-old star shares three biological and three adopted children with the 56-year-old actor.

They met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005 and married in 2014 before Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016.

Speaking to Vogue Global Network, the actress, director and humanitarian said, "I separated for the wellbeing of my family.

"It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing."

"Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds.

"In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people."

The Maleficent actress was speaking ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June and detailed her experiences of raising children from different backgrounds. 

Jolie explained that she made sure that 'adoption' and ‘orphanage’ are "positive words in our home". 

"All adopted children come with a beautiful mystery of a world that is meeting yours," she said.

"When they are from another race and foreign land that mystery, that gift, is so full.

"For them, they must never lose touch with where they came from. They have roots that you do not. Honour them. Learn from them. It’s the most amazing journey to share. They are not entering your world, you are entering each other’s worlds." 

During the Covid-19 crisis, Jolie said homeschooling is more of a "challenge" for parents than for their children.