Angelina Jolie contemplates leaving Hollywood for Cambodia

By Linh Le   December 7, 2023 | 05:32 pm PT
Actress Angelina Jolie has expressed her desire to leave Hollywood and move to Cambodia, citing the former as a “not healthy” and a “shallow” place.
Actress Angelina Jolie. Photo from Jolies Instagram

Actress Angelina Jolie. Photo from Jolie's Instagram

"I will move when I can," the movie star revealed in a recent interview with WSJ Magazine.

Growing up in Hollywood with her actor parents, Jolie explained that she had never found the place impressive.

"Of all the places in the world, Hollywood is not a healthy place," the actress told the publication. "So, you seek authenticity."

Her ongoing custody battle with ex-husband Brad Pitt following their 2016 split has since then further reinforced her boundaries. It has restricted her ability to live and travel freely, while her acting career has also slowed down, with only five movie appearances over the past seven years since her divorce, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The exposure to publicity that her personal life is suffering even makes the actress believe she would not start her acting career if she were given the chance to choose again.

While waiting until the day she can escape it by relocating to the Asian country, Jolie’s plans also include focusing on her newly established sustainable fashion brand, Atelier Jolie, which her children Zahara and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt had been assisting her in establishing.

She is working on opening a store in New York City, which will feature a café run by refugee and immigrant chefs and host educational events, she revealed.

Jolie, 48, started dating her ex-husband film star Brad Pitt, 60, in 2005. Getting married in 2014, the couple split two years later following Jolie’s initial divorce filing.

They have been embroiled in a legal battle over the custody of their six children since then. The children include Maddox, Pax Thien, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox Jolie-Pitt.

Maddox, Pax Thien, and Zahara were adopted from orphanages in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Ethiopia respectively. Meanwhile, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox are the couple’s biological children.

Jolie was granted physical custody of the children, while Pitt was given joint custody in 2021. However, it is reported that the tug-of-war is still not completely settled.

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