There’s no denying that Angelina Jolie likes to be a person that is always in control. After all, a lot of people know that her public image is very carefully curated. Each time she steps out with her family in front of the paparazzi, it’s no surprise and it’s definitely no mistake. She knows the difference between good publicity and bad publicity and uses the media well to her advantage. Now, Angelina Jolie makes sure that the public sees her a specific way, and it is always a good one.
With that being said, Angelina Jolie is no angel, and she certainly was not always this careful when it came to her image. Sure, she wants the world to think that she’s a celebrity humanitarian who would rather travel to war-torn countries to help those in need than spend endless hours on a set filming her latest box office movie, but is that really true? While this might be true to an extent, Angelina knows that no good deed can be done without a television camera in front of her. Simply put, Angelina knows what she’s doing. She’s been playing this game for so many years that she’s become an expert at controlling her public image as both a Hollywood celebrity and a humanitarian. But there are a lot of things about Angelina Jolie that you don’t know or that she doesn’t want you to know. These 15 photos will show us a side to Angelina Jolie that she wants us to forget about.
15 Did She Manipulate Brad Pitt?
By now everyone knows that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie began their love affair while Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston. This was back in 2004, when Angelina and Brad were filming their movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, together. A lot of people believe that Angelina might have done something to lure Brad into her arms, knowing very well that he was a married man. Of course, both have always denied the accusations, but Angelina did once mention that she would love to tell her children how their parents met on the set of the film (this was before Brad and Angelina filed for divorce).
Now, we are not saying that Angelina is the only person at fault here. Brad was an adult male at the time that knew what he was doing when he began getting up close and personal with Angelina while his wife Jennifer was waiting at home. Still, you can’t help but wonder who manipulated who here.
14 Her Pregnancy With Shiloh Jolie-Pitt
It didn’t take very long for Angelina Jolie to become pregnant with Brad Pitt’s first biological child. As a matter of fact, the couple “came out” as a couple in March 2005 only for Angelina to announce to the world that she was pregnant by October of that same year.
And for Brad’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, this had to hurt like hell. There were plenty of rumors floating around that Jennifer refused to get pregnant because she wanted to focus on her career. That’s when Angelina decided to take matters into her own hands and giving Brad what he wanted: a child and a family of his own. As we all know, Angelina’s plan worked and the couple later became parents to six different children, three of which are biological and three are adopted.
13 Let's Not Forget Laura Dern
Everyone can’t forget how Angelina Jolie did Jennifer Aniston wrong. For the longest time, Jennifer was subjected to a love triangle between her, Angelina and Brad Pitt that was totally made up by the public. Everyone wanted to see Brad leave Angelina to back to his one true love, Jennifer. But that never happened.
Of course, a lot of people tend to forget that this wasn’t the first relationship Angelina apparently destroyed. Before she managed to find herself in the arms of her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton, he was actually with actress Laura Dern! Now, we don’t want to point any fingers here but Angelina has a history of stealing men that don’t belong to her. Angelina won’t admit to this but she likes to take things that clearly don’t belong to her.
12 She Loved To Provoke Jennifer Aniston
Even though Angelina Jolie knew that she won her prize (Brad Pitt) for some reason or another, a lot of people believe that she was trying to provoke Jennifer Aniston through the media. It’s as if she wanted to say, “Ha! He’s mine now!” without really saying it.
A perfect example is when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie agreed to pose for a “happy family” photoshoot for W Magazine while they were promoting Mr. & Mr. Smith. By doing this, Angelina knew she was going to irk Jennifer Aniston and it worked. Jennifer later went on the record, though, to blame Brad Pitt, telling one magazine during an interview that he lacks a “sensitivity chip” in a lot of things he does. Still, you can’t help but wonder if Angelina was behind the photoshoot idea, too.
11 She Doesn’t Let Anyone Stand In Her Way
At this point, it’s safe to say that whatever Angelina Jolie wants, she gets. There’s no stopping her, especially if she has her eyes on the prize. Knowing all too well that the media would label her as the “husband and man stealer” if she took Brad Pitt away from Jennifer Aniston, she did it anyway. And she clearly didn’t think of the consequences, either.
As a matter of fact, Angelina has made it pretty clear that she’s not a remorseful person. If you stand in her way, that’s your problem, not hers. She once said in an interview, “I do believe in the old saying, 'What does not kill you makes you stronger.' Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity.” Is that right, Angie?
10 She Is Obsessed With Her Public Image
Angelina Jolie is by far one of the most beautiful women in the world. Honestly, there’s really no one else on this planet that looks anything like her. Sure, there are plenty of imitations, but Angelina has the kind of face that people will be talking about for years and years to come.
With that being said, Angelina is completely obsessed with her public image. She might not admit to it, but she does like to control what the media sees and what the media doesn’t see. She has enough power and enough security around her to make sure that the cameras aren’t around whenever she’s out and about. But when she’s in need of some good publicity, she makes sure to appear at the right moment, with all six of her kids in tow, especially if she has a new movie or project to promote.
9 She’s Into Self-Loathing
If you take a look at a lot of Angelina Jolie’s photos from the past, there’s no denying that she loves to show the world that she is “suffering” in one way or another. Whenever she is dealing with personal problems (like her divorce), it shows as she suddenly loses a lot of weight. Also, she’s really into self-loathing and she wants the world to know it, too.
For Angie though, she calls it all a choice. She once said, “We have a choice about how we take what happens to us in our life and whether or not we allow it to turn us. We can become consumed by hate and darkness, or we're able to regain our humanity somehow, or come to terms with things and learn something about ourselves.” What do you think?
8 She Has Very Few Female Friends
Angelina Jolie is not the kind of person who cherishes female friendships. As a matter of fact, many people (especially Chelsea Handler) have noticed that she has very few female friends in the entertainment industry. If she does have friends, it’s for business purposes. But she is rarely seen hanging out with her co-stars, chatting it up on the red carpet or maintaining friendships from her past.
Now, no one knows what kind of person Angelina Jolie is behind closed doors, but there has been plenty of speculation. Some people think she’s a cold ice queen while others believe that she doesn’t have many girlfriends for a different reason, and that’s because she doesn’t like competition. Knowing that she’s the most beautiful woman in the world, she likes to keep the spotlight on herself and only herself.
7 She Has A Different Side No One Sees
According to Angelina Jolie, she has a different side to her that no one sees. She might look like the tough, beautiful woman who always gets to play the Lara Croft role but apparently Angelina wants the world to know that there’s a softer side to her personality. While she doesn’t show it very often, she insists that she’s a feminine person who likes to do more than wear all-black ensembles with beige shoes everyday.
Sure, Angelina is a strong bada*s actress who does a great job of playing action film roles. But that’s not the only thing she wants to do. Angie once said, “I seem to be getting a lot of things pushed my way that are strong women. It's like people see Hackers and they send me offers to play tough women with guns, the kind who wear no bra and a little tank top. I'd like to play strong women who are also very feminine.”
6 She Doesn’t See Herself As Beautiful
This might be hard to believe but Angelina Jolie insists that she doesn’t see herself as a beautiful woman. Now, we don’t know how many mirrors the woman has at home but apparently she hasn’t been spending any time in front of them lately. Of course, as the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And apparently Angelina has a different perception of what beauty really is.
At least Angelina Jolie is realistic. She knows she’s got issues and she’s not one to shy away from admitting to them. As a matter of fact, she once went on the record to say, “I don't see myself as beautiful, because I can see a lot of flaws. People have really odd opinions. They tell me I'm skinny, as if that's supposed to make me happy.” I guess even a stunning woman can only focus on her own flaws.
5 She Likes It Dark
Angelina Jolie isn’t a woman of many colors. We know that. She’s the last Hollywood celebrity you would see wear a floral dress or a loud pink outfit on the red carpet. She’s got one go-to color and one color only, and that’s black. Let’s face it, she’s the Princess of Darkness. And there’s no denying that she loves it that way.
In fact, Angelina even once admitted that she loves to keep her hair dark. She’s been dying it brown for years. She once admitted, “Not many people know this about me, but I'm a natural blonde. My hair went from light blonde naturally to a darker kind of blonde. My mother dyed my hair dark when I was a child, as I loved the look then. So I'm basically a natural blonde.” Although, we have to say that we’d be intrigued to see her as a blonde.
4 She Can’t Let Go Of The Past
If you are someone who has done Angelina Jolie wrong in the past, you can forget about making amends. There’s a very slim chance that she’ll forgive you or move on from what you did, too. Just ask her father, Jon Voight. The daddy and daughter duo have had an on-again, off-again relationship for years. And unfortunately, it hasn’t gotten much better. One moment Jon is in the picture, the next moment he’s gone.
For Angelina, it’s just had for her to forgive and forget. That’s why she gets rid of the people who have hurt her. She wants nothing to do with them ever again. She’s said, “It's hard to be clear about who you are when you are carrying around a bunch of baggage from the past. I've learned to let go and move more quickly into the next place.”
3 Her Relationship With Her Brother
It’s great that Angelina Jolie has a loving relationship with her brother, James Haven. As a matter of fact, the two are so close that they’ve actually been photographed literally kissing on the red carpet before. And no, that is not a typo. It always seems like James is there when Angelina needs her the most. Not only do they share special moments together, but James also made himself available after Angelina filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. He helped take care of her six kids as their new nanny and uncle. But for Angelina, she really doesn’t care what anyone has to say about her relationship with her brother. In fact, she doesn’t even listen to her critics. She once explained, “I've never lived my life in the opinion of others. I believe I'm a good person. I believe I'm a good mom. But that's for my kids to decide, not for the world.”
2 Did She Throw Brad Pitt Under The Bus?
A lot of people believe there’s a strong possibility that Angelina Jolie might have thrown Brad Pitt under the bus after she pulled the plug on their marriage. In fact, Brad was subjected to a nasty public smear campaign after all of his dirty little secrets came to light, including his alleged substance and alcohol abuse problems.
And while Brad was being thrown in the mud, Angelina used the opportunity to remind people what kind of angel she thinks she is. All of a sudden we were seeing more photos of her and her kids while she was acting like a doting, angelic mother. During this time there was one leaked story after another about what kind of awful father and person Brad was. Yikes. You can only wonder who was behind all of the leaks to the media, right?
1 Her Quest To Change The World
For the longest time Angelina Jolie has tried to prove to the world that she is the ultimate celebrity humanitarian. She’ll go places that other Hollywood celebrities wouldn’t dare go to.
But let’s be realistic here: if it weren’t for the television cameras, the magazine interviews, the profiles, and all of the publicity, would she be doing everything that she does? Is she going to all of these different countries because she honestly wants to make a difference in the world or simply because it’s helping her boost her popularity and her public profile? Of course, we might never know what the true answer is. Only Angelina Jolie knows what is going on behind closed doors. But as many fans know, the truth will come out sooner or later. After all, Angie is an actress, right? She might have us fooled, for all we know!