Fathers and daughters tend to butt heads at times, and it can be difficult for them to get along. Angelina Jolie and her father, Jon Voight, know this all too well as they were embroiled in a feud that spanned years.
Any young woman will know that a relationship with a father can be complicated even in the most ideal of circumstances. So when your relationship with your father is being influenced by fame, fortune, divorce, and health issues, it will undoubtedly be even more trying.
Jon Voight and his daughter Angelina Jolie have not always seen eye to eye, and they were estranged for a period because of this.
Angelina was only two years old when her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, and her father separated. Her mother then raised Jolie and her brother on her own with some financial support from Voight.
Despite the separation, the family remained close. When Bertrand died of cancer in 2007, Jolie credited her parenting style to her mother, saying she taught her many things about parenting her children.
Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, LA at the Publicist's Guild Awards, 1976 | Photo: Getty Images
Voight has quite a career of his own in Hollywood, being one of the busiest actors over the last 60 years with starring roles in many movies and television shows, which is where Jolie’s love of acting came from.
While being such a prolific actor’s daughter had its perks in terms of managing to land starring roles a little easier, it also meant that she would be in her father’s shadow for much of her career and decided to drop her father’s last name because of it.
Marcheline Bertrand at the "Original Sin" premiere in LA, 2001 | Photo: Getty Images
As Jolie became more popular in her own right, she began to gain the reputation of the “wild child.” She was drinking and smoking in excess and was wild because of her whirlwind marriages and seemingly dark interests.
Jolie addressed these rumors saying that she is fascinated that people thought she was obsessed with death and said that she might speak about death more often than the average person, but only because she loved life more than those people.
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight at the Henry Fonda theatre in Hollywood, 1991 | Photo: Getty Images
However, Jolie later admitted that she had used self-harming to relieve her thoughts and feelings of depression. This further contributed to people's perception that she was troublesome, which was not helped by her father's allegations against her.
Jolie and Voight remained close until 2002 when Voight began saying things about Jolie that she did not agree with. Voight told the media that he was worried about his daughter because she had “mental problems.”
Angelina Jolie and then-husband Billy Bob Thornton at the premiere of "Gone In 60 Seconds", California, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images
The same day that he told the media that his daughter had mental problems, he told others that Jolie’s representatives had stopped Voight from hugging his daughter at a party because they knew that Voight had been trying to reach Jolie to give her help.
Jolie was angered by this and said that she and her father had never had a healthy relationship because of her father’s infidelity when he was married to her mother. The father and daughter had a lot to say but ultimately stopped speaking.
Angelina Jolie at the UK premiere of "Salt", London, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images
At the time of the allegations made by Voight, Jolie was in the process of adopting her son, Maddox. However, Voight could never meet any of his grandchildren because of the estrangement between the two.
James Haven, Jolie’s brother, shared in her lament against their father. Voight believed that his children could not bear to be around him because of his “programmed anger” towards their mother.
Angelina Jolie at the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards, Beverly Hills, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images
Both Jolie and her brother had said that they were severely affected by how their father treated their mother and found it difficult to be around him. They said that it was not mentally or emotionally healthy for them to be around their father.
Jolie’s relationship with her father has influenced her relationships with everyone else in her life. Jolie was self-destructive and rambunctious when she was younger has been attributed to her father’s absence.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at a press conference in Namibia, 2006 | Photo: Getty Images
It has been said that her relationships with each of her failed marriages have largely resulted from her relationship with her father. Even when she and her father were on good terms, their relationship was strained.
The fact that Jolie harbored resentment toward her father contributed to the fact that she found it difficult to be in healthy romantic relationships and had issues with trust and being a good partner.
Angelina Jolie at the "Kung Fu Panda" photo call in Cannes, 2008 | Photo: Getty Images
The mother of one of Jolie’s childhood friends, Susan Margaret, said that Voight mentally and emotionally abused Jolie’s mother, which resulted in both children having a huge amount of hostility toward her father.
The hostility Jolie had toward her father carried through into her family relationships with her husbands and children. Her first two marriages failed, with her third to Brad Pitt being incredibly strained at times.
Jolie and her father did not talk for many years, and it seemed that the father and daughter wanted nothing to do with one another. However, a series of unfortunate events has led to the two reconciling.
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight at the premiere of "In The Land Of Blood And Honey" , LA, 2011 | Photo: Getty Images
After Jolie’s mother died in 2008, Brad Pitt suggested to Jolie that she should get into contact with her father so that their children could at least have their grandfather in their lives. Jolie was not keen to reconcile with her father, though.
However, two years later, in 2010, Jolie decided to try to reconcile with her father. Voight had been keen to reconcile for a while and said that he was excited at the prospect of speaking to his daughter again.
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, LA, 2001 | Photo: Getty Images
Voight and Jolie did not reconcile overnight, and they even had some periods in which they did not talk even after deciding to reconcile, but they have come a long way since 2002 and have found ways to keep their conversations light breezy.
The two made every effort to reconcile, and it took a long time before they were on good terms. After Jolie’s divorce from Pitt, Voight was extremely supportive, and the two have been speaking, and Voight has met all of his grandchildren.
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