In June 2001 Rolling Stone Angelina said that during
her very early teens she started "thinking about not wanting to be around. It was when the reality of life set in, the reality
of surviving." Also, Angelina used to hurt herself during her early teens but stopped around the age of sixteen. She explained
in a 2000 Maxim article, "You're young, you're crazy, you're in bed and you've got knives. So shit happens." But in 1999 Access
Hollywood interview she explained it more in-depth, "I was..trying to feel something....I was looking at different things..thinking
romantically about...about blood. I really hurt myself," and also said, "I was just....a kid. I was like 13, And, I was saying
that it is not something that is cool. Its not cool. And I understand that it is a cry for help..."
In a 2000 Jane interview she said, "This person asked
me about cutting myself when they saw a scar. I'm very open, but because of that, people think that they know everything about
me, and, actually, they don't know anything. I say things that other people might go through. That's what artists should do
- throw things out there and not be perfect and not have answers for anything and see if people understand. But this person
made the cutting sound interesting, like it was something I do now. [For the record, she did, but doesn't now, and doesn't
endorse it.] And then I met somebody who said they'd seen movies of mine and then showed me where they had cut themselves.
I had to explain, first off, not to do that. But it made me really fucking angry at the people who represent me in a way that
would get that person to do that and show me. I don't understand why people would want to use something so damaging. It's
like, let's make me look 'cool' and worry a lot of people in my family." Angelina has the Japanese symbol for "death" tattooed
on her shoulder, and the Latin words, 'Quod me nutrit me destruit,' on her stomach, meaning "What nourishes me also destroys
Angelina Jolie no longer hurts herself
as a way of coping but she freely admits to using knives during sex play. Article and interviews indicate that she is a much
happier and more content individual than she was earlier in her life.