Angelina Jolie: Champion of the Struggling Mom
Angelina Jolie could be forgiven if she were one of those completely out-of-touch-with-the-real world celebrities. After all, she's an Academy Award-winning glamazon megastar who happens to be partners with Brad Pitt. But in fact, she's proven that she knows just exactly how good she's got it, and how hard life can be for other working moms.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, she was asked about that always-provocative topic of mom-guilt, and responded, "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 health care and food."
She continued, "When I feel I'm doing too much, I do less, if I can. And that's why I'm in a rare position where I don't have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it."
Angie's not the only celeb who gets it, either: Second-time new mama Drew Barrymore had her own refreshing no-mom-guilt-here approach to movie promotion, telling People magazine: "Listen, it's two to three weeks of work, and I'm going to be back in sweatpants until November! I am literally never without my family. My kids go with me everywhere, I'm a stay-at-home mom, I'm a work-from-home mom a lot of the time, so to get out for a couple of weeks is actually kind of okay!"
I don't know about you, but after the whole Gwyneth Paltrow it's-much-harder-for-me PR debacle, it's beyond refreshing to hear celebrity moms acknowledge some of the perks in their lives—especially perks that can make parenting easier.
As Angelina continued in the Daily News interview, "I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn't complain," she added. "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."
Well said, Angelina.
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