Angelina Jolie has revealed how she was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy following her split from Brad Pitt last year.
The pair split in September last year after 12 years together, going through a number of legal hurdles since with child protection services becoming involved after an alleged row on a private jet between Brad and eldest son Maddox.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair however, Angelina has now revealed how she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Bell’s palsy – a type of facial paralysis which restricts control of facial muscles – following the split. ‘I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and health,’ Angelina said.
‘I think that’s what makes a woman complete… Sometimes women in families put themselves last until it manifests itself in their own health.’
Bell’s Palsy is a condition which causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in one side of the face, and in rare cases, both sides.
Causes include a stroke, injury to the facial nerve, and injuries from surgery.
The condition can also affect the eyelid and mouth, making it difficult to open and close them.
It affects around one in 5,000 people a year, and is most commonly found in people aged 15-60.
Following the release of her Netflix movie First They Killed My Father, Jolie also stated how she’ll be backing away from film work to focus on her health for the time being. I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house,’ she said. ‘That’s my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, “Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?