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Mommy wars: Angelina Jolie tells it like it is

Do Hollywood moms have "mommy guilt"? Angelina Jolie tells it like it is.

Photo: FameFlynetUK/FameFlynet

Photo: FameFlynetUK/FameFlynet

The Maleficent star and mom of six knows that her life isn’t like most moms since she and Brad Pitt have the support and flexibility to work and play with their kids as much as she wants.

A reporter recently tried to pull Angelina Jolie into the usual discussion over “mommy guilt” and Angelina showed her up by supporting “Bad Mom” Chirlane McCray and taking a little dig at Gwyneth Paltrow all in one quote.

Read more: Mommy wars: The Gwyneth Paltrow controversy >

When asked if she suffered from mom guilt, Angelina said to the New York Daily News:

“I’m not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day,” she says. “I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food.”

Jolie is publicizing the movie Maleficent (I’m so going to that!) in which her youngest daughter Vivienne makes her acting debut. Jolie acknowledges that she can make choices of how much she works, and can choose to take the time when her family needs her.

“When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. And that’s why I’m in a rare position where I don’t have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it.”

Angelina and Brad’s family life is often on full display as they travel with their six kids to different luxury hotels and exotic locales. The couple work their film life around family time, and Jolie says that she likes to direct so she can choose the daily schedule and edit after the kids are in bed. It’s a privileged life, and you won’t hear her complaining about it (at least not publicly—what she says to Brad during private time is their business).

“I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain,” she told the Daily News. “Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”

Her comments were in response to the backlash the New York mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, received when she admitted that she had mom guilt over her child’s first year.

Read more: No, Chirlane McCray is not a bad mom >

But I hear more: I hear a subtle dig at Gwyneth’s comments that working on a movie set is more difficult than a 9-to-5 job. Gwyneth came off as pretentious and out-of-touch; Angelina comes off as grounded and warm.

Hollywood moms are not just like us, and it’s surprisingly refreshing when they admit it.

#teamAngelina forever.

Emma Waverman is a writer, blogger and mom to three kids. She has many opinions, some of them are fit to print. Read more of her articles here and follow her on Twitter @emmawaverman.