Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split in 2016 Reuters

Angelina Jolie is leaning onto her children after her split from Brad Pitt. Brangelina fans around the world were shocked when the 41-year-old actress filed for divorce from him on 19 September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences.

A source told Hollywood Life: "Angie has been leaning heavily on the kids since the split, and they've been a real rock for her. The kids are her pride and joy, her reason for life, they are her crowning achievement and they are fiercely protective and supportive of her—especially Maddox, 15."

"He's really stepped up as the man of the house—Madd is Angie's cheerleader and chief protector, and he rallies the troops whenever she's feeling down or blue. The bond between Madd and Angie is amazing, so strong and unbreakable...he would literally do anything for his mom," the insider added.

"Everyone in the family is happy that Angelina has decided to buy a place a mile away from Brad's house. Angelina chose her new home because it is close to Brad's, the only home her children know. Angie's new place is in the same ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood about a mile and a half away from Brad, in Los Feliz, where the kids have grown up," the source shared.

During an interview with the Associated Press, Pitt assured he is fine though the couple are not together anymore. He said: "I'm not suicidal or something. There's still much beauty in the world and a lot of love. And a lot of love to be given. It's all right. It's just life."

Pitt admitted that he misses his children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Vivienne and Knox. He shared: "Kids are everything. Kids are your life. They're taking all the focus, as they should anyway."