Jon Voight abandoned his daughter Angelina Jolie – inside his troubled past

While Voight was absent for most of her childhood, the duo appeared together in the  2001 movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider together which surprised a lot of fans.

It seemed things had been going well because of their project together but then Voight said in an interview in 2002 that Jolie had “serious mental problems.”

This was after Jolie had publicly dropped ‘Voight’ as a last name.

In another interview her father talked about his relationship with her again, saying,  “I’ve had difficulty reaching her… She’s been staying away from me because she knows I’ve been trying to reach her to get help.”

He used the interview as an attempt to get through to her, saying, “I want to tell Angie that I love her and I want her to get the help she needs.”

Jolie was more subtle in her interviews, and in 2002 said,  “I don’t want to make public the reasons for my bad relationship with my father. I will only say that like every child, [James] and I would have loved to have had a warm and loving relationship with our dad. After all these years, I have determined that it is not healthy for me to be around my father, especially now that I am responsible for my own child.”

In 2008, an insider told the press that Voight was looking to reconnect with his children, the insider stated “As Jon grows older he’s realising the importance of family, and longs to be a part of his daughter and grandchildren’s lives. It breaks his heart to be kept away.”

“There’s nothing Jon wants more than to have his family back together again. It kills him to be shunned by his children. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to put this rift behind him,” another source added.

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