Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie’s relationship has been complicated. The father-daughter combo has had its ups and downs, from getting along to not communicating for years, and they are the first to confess it. “Jon and I have gotten to know each other—through grandchildren now,” the “Maleficent” actor told The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast. We’re looking for a fresh partnership…We’ve encountered some issues…” Their complicated relationship can be ascribed to a variety of factors, but one reason the performers struggled to create a solid relationship was Voight’s marriage to Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand.

The “Midnight Cowboy” actor and Bertrand had tied the knot back in 1971, per Fan Bolt. Similar to Voight, Bertrand had her own career in acting but took a step back when she got married. After two years of struggling to get pregnant, Jon Voight and Bertrand welcomed their son, James Haven, in 1973. The couple then completed their little family when they welcomed Jolie in 1975. The “Girl, Interrupted” actor was close to her mother. Jolie opened up about their relationship to The Sun, saying, “My mom was my heroine. She was a generous, warm individual, who led a very private life but walked through it with kindness and grace.”

For a brief while, they appeared to be a perfect family — but Voight’s lie irreparably damaged the marriage and caused a schism between him and his children.

Jon Voight had an affair after Angelina Jolie was born.

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Jon Voight destroyed his family with one lousy decision. The “Deliverance” star and Marcheline Bertrand divorced just a year after Angelina Jolie was born. During their divorce, there were rumors that Jon Voight had cheated on Bertrand. According to Express, Jon Voight admitted to the affair years later, adding, “I had an affair, and there was a divorce.” There was a lot of anguish and rage.” According to The New York Post, when the marriage split in 1980, Jolie and her brother grew up virtually in a single mother’s home because her father was missing from their life.

Bertrand put on a brave face for the kids, but dealing with such betrayal was difficult for her. Even as a child, Jolie could see how the affair affected her mother. “When my father had an affair, it changed her life,” Jolie wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times about Bertrand. It sparked her desire for a family life. But she adored being a mother.” Jolie discussed Bertrand’s tremendous changes after becoming a mother and how Voight’s infidelity contributed to this. “Her dreams of becoming an actor faded as she found herself, at the age of 26, raising two children with a famous ex who would cast a long shadow on her life,” she explained. ” While Bertrand, herself, never said anything about the affair, it evidently broke her heart.

Marcheline Bertrand didn’t let Voight’s affair ruin her relationship with her kids.

Marcheline Bertrand was an excellent mother despite going through a painful divorce from Jon Voight. It’s clear from how her children, Angelina Jolie and James Haven, talk about her. “My mum always made it clear that I was her friend,” Jolie once told The Sun, “and that is a lesson on how to raise my own children.” When we talked, I got the impression she was interested in what I had to say. She liked me…” Jolie even compared her relationship with her mother to that of “girlfriends.” Jolie’s admiration for her mother has grown over time, especially after hearing that the “Maleficent” star is similar to Bertrand. “If anybody ever tells me that I am a mother to them like my mom was to me, it will be a great compliment,” Jolie said.

According to People, Bertrand died in 2007 following a fight with ovarian and breast cancer. Even after her death, her children held a high regard for Mom. According to TMZ, Haven once discussed his mother’s death and made a bold comment about his and Jolie’s connection with Jon Voight. “Now that our mother has died, Angie and I are two orphans,” he explained. Haven, like Jolie, did not have a nice relationship with their father, but it is apparent that the brother-sister combo adores their mother.