Angelina Jolie: Rich Women Shouldn’t Whine About Parenting

Angelina Jolie and her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, in "Maleficent."

Angelina Jolie and her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, in “Maleficent.”

Hollywood icon and soon to be Disney villainess Angelina Jolie may wear many hats, but the award-winning actress spoke candidly about being a mother to the New York Daily News, and had a clear message to parents who are well-off financially: stop complaining.

“I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain,” said Jolie. “Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”

Jolie’s comments served as sharp criticism towards Chirlane McCray, New York City’s first lady; in a recent interview, McCray discussed her initial lack of enthusiasm towards mothering after she gave birth to her first child.

Jolie acknowledged her own personal success and status, saying, “I’m not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day. I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and heath care and food.”

Brangelina’s six children are all home schooled and travel with the Hollywood power couple around the world from set to set. Their daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, stars in the upcoming Maleficent with her mother; however, both Jolie and Pitt made it clear: they do not want their clan to jump on the Hollywood bandwagon.

“When they get older, if they decide to be actors, I would just ask that that’s not the center of their lives,” said Jolie.

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