We have been focused on the hints she has given about the current status of her family life in her VF interview and it is of course the big topic. But more mainstream media professionals (as opposed to tabloid writers) have looked at other parts of her interview and her message. Whenever Angelina talks about how she has dealt with personal problems she said it is with the intention of helping others facing similar struggles. There have perhaps been as much if not more headlines about her mention of Bell's Palsy than about Brad. And then there is her message to other women.
i assume the key diff is angie does her own strategy and brad has like a team of advisors giving him ideas— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) July 26, 2017
Angelina is going for relatability and a discussion of aging as a woman in a really fascinating way.— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) July 26, 2017
Revisiting those portions:
Last year, in addition to hypertension, Jolie developed Bell’s palsy, a result of damage to facial nerves, causing one side of her face to droop. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she says, “until it manifests itself in their own health.” Jolie credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the condition.Lately, her skin has become drier, she reports, and she has extra gray hairs. She quips, “I can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had.” The idea that she could still be anyone’s idea of a sex symbol is laughable to her. But she says, “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 my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete.”
Brad used GQ to offer a mea culpa to make it clear that he was responsible for putting the family in this situation -- that it was "self-inflicted." He had a checklist of his problems and failings to his family that he wanted to reveal to the public, and in so doing to defend Angelina from earlier accusations that she was smearing him. Angelina has no such need or agenda so her answers about the family were cryptic. She is not yet ready to talk about the problems they faced and how she dealt with them because they are not out of this yet. But she wanted to use the interview to send a more helpful message, stirring discussion about Bell's Palsy and about women's issues.