Jolie eats bugs, talks divorce

Angelina Jolie and Maddox Jolie-Pitt in Siem Reap on Saturday.
Angelina Jolie and Maddox Jolie-Pitt in Siem Reap on Saturday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SIEM REAP • In an interview with the BBC in Cambodia, actress Angelina Jolie spoke about her ongoing divorce with actor Brad Pitt, but she also enjoyed a local activity, eating and cooking tarantulas and scorpions with her children.

"You start with crickets and a beer, and then you kind of move up to tarantulas," the 41-year-old said in a segment that was released online on Monday.

With her eight-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, at her side, she removed fangs from the spiders and fried them with scorpions and other bugs. "How do you flip a scorpion?" Jolie quipped.

The actress, who filmed Tomb Raider in Cambodia in 2000, said she first ate bugs on her maiden trip to the country.

Eating the fried bugs for the interview, she said: "It's actually really good, the flavour," before adding: "It's hard to chew, the scorpion."

Knox said they tasted like "dry chips, yeah, like flavourless chips".

Jolie unveiled her new film, First They Killed My Father, last Saturday in Cambodia.

She directed the Netflix movie, which is based on author and activist Loung Ung's memoirs of being a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s.

Jolie adopted her first child, Maddox, from an orphanage in Cambodia in 2002 and has been given Cambodian citizenship.

Her arrival in the country with her six children marked a rare public appearance since her high- profile divorce filing last year.

When asked if she would like to comment on the probe into allegations that Pitt lost his temper in front of one or more of their children on a private plane, Jolie answered: "I don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time. And we are a family. And we will always be a family. And we will get through this time and, hopefully, be a stronger family for it."

When asked how she was coping with the divorce, she said that "many people find themselves in these situations".

"My focus is my children, our children, and my focus is finding this way through," she added. "And as I said, we are and forever will be a family, and so that is how I'm coping. I'm coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer."

Pitt, 53, has been cleared of child abuse allegations and has applied for shared custody of the children.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2017, with the headline 'Jolie eats bugs, talks divorce'. Print Edition | Subscribe