Angelina Jolie has suffered facial paralysis

Famed star Angelina Jolie has revealed that she has facial paralysis and half of her face is numb.

Angelina Jolie has been recently interviewed when becoming the face of Vanity Fair cover page. In the interview, the 41-year-old actress shared her life after breaking up with Brad Pitt.

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In particular, Angelina Jolie confided in her Bell's Palsy and hypertension.

Bell's palsy is a form of temporary facial paralysis, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS). This paralysis usually affects only one side of a person's face, and so it can make the affected side of the face look like it is drooping. About 40,000 Americans get Bell's palsy each year, the NINDS says.

The condition is caused by damage to a facial nerve, according to the NINDS. There are two facial nerves, each of which controls the muscles on one side of the face. Which side of the face is affected depends on which nerve is affected.

Scientists don't know for sure what causes this nerve damage, but they generally think that it's caused by a viral infection, according to the National Library of Medicine.

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The actress and UN goodwill ambassador said she did not take medication but acupuncture helped her recover fully.

Angelina Jolie said, "I do not know where my illness comes from, maybe because I've been through a lot of ups and downs.”

“Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she told Vanity Fair in a new interview, speaking about her diagnosis, “until it manifests itself in their own health.”

Before suffering facial paralysis, Angelina Jolie had also been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. But luckily, she just had to undergo a surgery to prevent the disease.

“[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative. That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children," she said. "They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them.”

“They’ve been very brave. They were very brave,” she later added, without offering further detail.

“We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some... from life, from things in life.”

Jolie said she doesn’t have any plans to embark on any more film projects. “I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion,” she said. “At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?”

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The actress of Maleficiant also said that 9 months after her divorce from Brad Pitt was her hardest time.

“I struggled to find peace in my home, and our family, including Brad Pitt, has been trying hard to heal."

By: Christina Baker

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