Angelina Jolie ‘lucky I didn’t die young’
Angelina Jolie has revealed she is lucky she didn’t die young after going through “heavy darker times.” She also confesses that her “bad girl” side now “belongs to Brad.”
In an upcoming interview with “60 Minutes,” Jolie says that the wild child part of her persona — the one that wore a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood when they were married and who shared a strangely intimate kiss with her brother at the 2000 Academy Awards — isn’t completely gone.
“I’m still a bad girl,” Jolie defends. “I still have that side of me. It’s just in its place now. It belongs to Brad.”
Jolie’s words conjured up images of heated bedroom play, but she quickly clarified, “To our adventures.”
Jolie may be a mother of six and a film director now (her movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey” opens Dec. 23), but the actress still feels deeply connected to her troubled past.
“I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young,” Jolie says. “So I am very lucky. There are other artists and people that didn’t survive certain things.”
When prodded by interviewer Bob Simon on what she meant, Jolie says, “I was hoping you missed that. Nothing I want to go into a lot detail about, but I think people can imagine that I did the most dangerous, and I did the worse and admit for many reasons, I shouldn’t be here. You just think there were too many times where you came too close to too many dangerous things, too many chances taken too, too far.”
Jolie has confessed to experimenting with drugs when she was in her teens and early 20s. She has also talked about suffering bouts of depression, during which she would contemplate suicide and cut herself with knives. She told CNN earlier this year, “It was somehow therapeutic to me.”
Last year, a man claiming to be Jolie’s dealer in the late ’90s talked to Life Style about the star’s alleged drug habits. Franklin Meyer claimed that he met Jolie in 1997 — three years before she won her Academy Award for “Girl, Interrupted” — at New York’s Chelsea Hotel and that she become a regular customer, buying cocaine and heroine twice a week. He alleged Jolie regularly snorted the illegal drugs in front of him. Jolie never responded to his charges.
Jolie’s interview on “60 Minutes” airs Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. on CBS.
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