Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian work in the Middle East on top of ambitions to rise in the ranks of the United Nations drove a wedge between her and husband Brad Pitt, sources close to the couple told TMZ.
Pitt apparently became particularly upset at Jolie’s efforts to involve their children in her work, not wanting her to take them to “war-torn” countries. In June of last year, Jolie took the couple’s 9-year-old daughter Shiloh to visit a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon.
The sources also told TMZ that Jolie aims to one day take the reins of the UN and these “political ambitions” upset Pitt.
During a visit to refugees in Jordan earlier this month, Jolie said: “Over half of all the refugees in Jordan are under 18. My own children are of that age. And like any other parent, it is impossible for me to imagine what it would be like for my own children in this situation. And it breaks my heart,”according to International Business Times.
Jolie said her daughter had wanted to come with her mother on these kind of trips for some time, especially to meet a particular Syrian girl named Hala.
“Shiloh is very aware that I hold refugee families in high regard and has been asking to come on missions and meet them for many years,” Jolie told PEOPLE. “She had heard about Hala since my last visit to Lebanon, and has been wanting to meet her and her brothers and sisters.”
“It was wonderful that they were able to meet, play together, and make friends. So many refugees are children. I’ve often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends.”