'I'm trying not to cry': Angelina Jolie drops eldest son Maddox at university

Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the screening of "First They Killed My Father" at the Toronto ...
Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the screening of "First They Killed My Father" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 11, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) 

In news bound to make you feel old, Angelina Jolie has dropped her eldest son at college - and it's left her feeling emotional.

The actress was filmed speaking to students of Yonsei University in South Korea, with Maddox by her side. The 18-year-old, whom she shares with ex-husband Brad Pitt, is reportedly set to study biochemistry.

In a video posted to Instagram, students ask Jolie how long she is staying in Seoul.

"I leave today; today is the day I drop him off," the 44-year-old says. "I'm trying not to cry."

Noting that it seems like a "great school," Jolie adds, "I hope you're all going to like it."


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Maddox, who is the eldest of the Jolie-Pitt clan, was adopted by Jolie from Cambodia in 2002. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie shared the moment she saw him at an orphanage in Battambang. After meeting several children, she admitted: "I didn't feel a connection with any of them".


​"They said, 'There's one more baby," Jolie recalled, adding that Maddox was lying in a box that was suspended from the ceiling. They looked at one another. 

"I cried and cried." she said.


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Maddox was formally adopted by Pitt in 2006. 

The couple split in 2016 after two years of marriage and a 12-year relationship. At the time, it was reported that the separation was due to Pitt's alleged physical and verbal altercation with Maddox on a private plane in September 2016. It lead to the actor being investigated - and subsequently cleared - by the F.B.I. and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. 

"I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called," Pitt told GQ in 2017. "And you know, after that, we've been able to work together to sort this out," he said. "We're both doing our best ... It's just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart."