At 26, after starring in the titular role for 'Gia', Jolie was struggling with her mental health and came close to dying by suicide.
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Angelina Jolie may be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but the actress did not have an easy life growing up. According to Nicki Swift, her Oscar-winning dad Jon Voight left when she was just a year old and Jolie had later gotten into acting to help her mom pay the bills. "I never thought I'd have children, I never thought I'd be in love, I never thought I'd meet the right person," Jolie told Elle in 2014. "Having come from a broken home — you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don't look for them."
Angelina Jolie with her father Jon Voight pic.twitter.com/DthpwX0ex6— Cristian Milla (@CristiMilla1) June 20, 2021
Jolie has reportedly struggled with her mental health throughout her life. The actress played supermodel Gia Carangi in HBO's 1998 film Gia. The model was a heroin addict who became known for her erratic behavior at fashion shoots. Tragically she was blackballed from the modeling industry and in 1986 she died of AIDS. "Gia has enough similarities to me that I figured this would either be a purge of all my demons or it was really going to mess with me," Jolie told Entertainment Weekly at the time (via AP). Sadly, the actor was seriously considering taking action when it came to her life.
According to The Herald, when the Maleficent actress was 26 years old she told Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) that during a ''rather bleak'' time in her life she had come close to suicide. Instead of taking her own life, she hired somebody to do it for her. "This is going to sound insane but there was a time I was going to hire somebody to kill me,'' she said. Remarkably, it wasn’t Jolie who changed her mind, but the hitman, who persuaded her to carry on living. ''The person spoke very sweetly to me, he made me think about it for a month. And after a month other things changed in my life and I was surviving again.'' Jolie claimed that it would be easier for her family and friends to deal with her murder rather than suicide. ''With suicide comes all the guilt of people around you thinking they could have done something,'' she said. ''With somebody being murdered, nobody takes some kind of guilty responsibility.''
Far Out Magazine reports that The Face spoke at more length with the actress about the incident. “I was very aware that so many people around me, like my mother, would feel as though they didn’t give enough or do enough, if I’d taken my own life,” Jolie continued. “So my solution to that was if someone else had taken my life – like in a ‘robbery’ – then it would be murder and it wouldn’t be that anyone would feel they’d let me down.” She planned to “take out cash over a certain amount of time, so there wasn’t a big chunk in my bank account” to the killer. But fortunately, the person she tried to hire helped her think things through. “He was a decent enough person and asked if I could think about it and call him again in two months,” she explained. “Something changed in my life and I figured I’d stick it out.” Jolie went on to become an award-winning actress starring in multiple blockbusters, and a mom to six children.
"And when they grow up, knowing that you never abandoned them, or left them in an unsafe situation, or ever stopped fighting for them, will be what counts." - #AngelinaJolie— Angelina Jolie 🥺 (@AngelTresJolie) July 11, 2021
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