At nineteen years old, Angelina Jolie was at a low point in her life. She was struggling with her mental health and facing serious depression. Depression, that would eventually bring her to attempt to take her own life. However, Jolie wanted her death to appear like a random occurrence to protect her family, saying,
“With suicide comes all the guilt of people around you thinking they could have done something. With somebody being murdered, nobody takes some kind of guilty responsibility.”
“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. 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.”
Jolie ended up hiring a hitman to end her life, but during their initial meeting, the hitman expressed reservations about the plan.
“He was a decent enough person and asked if I could think about it and call him again in two months,” she said. “Something changed in my life and I figured I’d stick it out.”
The rough part of Jolie’s life was not done, but she persevered to make a name for herself, and more importantly, a beautiful family.