Angelina Jolie is on the cover of ELLE magazine’s June issue, and in the black-and-white shot, it’s crystal clear that she really has it all. We’re not just talking about a bone structure that most girls would give anything for (no amount of makeup magic and contouring could ever compare to her cheekbones). She has seven people whom she’d go the distance for, whom she takes with her everywhere she goes in her heart – and in the ink of the tattoo on her arm. Seven people whom she says she never believed she’d ever have in her life.

Her bicep tattoo lists the geographical coordinates of those seven people’s birthplaces: her six children and husband, Brad Pitt. In a very rare interview, the actress is opening up about her family, telling ELLE‘s Maggie Bullock:

“I never thought I’d have children.” She adds, “I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person. Having come from a broken home—you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don’t look for them.”

Angie’s cover story is accompanied by several stunning images of the 38-year-old. In one, she’s eye-catching, staring straight into the lens, her hair pushed to one side of her head as she commands our attention with a hand on her hip. See some of her spread and excerpts from the interview below.


On her relationship with Brad:

“You get together and you’re two individuals and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy,” she tells the magazine. “After all these years, we have history—and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together.”


On her tumultuous 20s:

“[It was] misinterpreted as [me] wanting to be rebellious,” Jolie says. “And in fact it wasn’t a need to be destructive or rebellious—it’s that need to find a full voice, to push open the walls around you. You want to be free. And as you start to feel that you are being corralled into a certain life, you kind of push against it. It may come out very strange, it may be interpreted wrong, but you’re trying to find out who you are.”


On being true to herself:

“I realized that very young—that a life where you don’t live to your full potential, or you don’t experiment, or you’re afraid, or you hesitate, or there are things you know you should do but you just don’t get around to them, is a life that I’d be miserable living, and the only way to feel that I’m on the right path is just to be true to myself, whatever that may be, and that tends to come with stepping out of something that’s maybe safe or traditional.”

The issue hits the stands nationwide May 20.


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