Angelina Jolie says she is passing down her knife obsession to her seven-year-old son Maddox.
“My mom took me to buy my first daggers when I was 11 or 12,” Angelina shared in the new issue of W magazine. “And I’ve already bought Maddox some.”
Angelina has long been obsessed with knives and shared that collecting knives is a unique rite of passage in her family.
“My mom took me to buy my first daggers when I was 11 or 12,” she recalled. “And I’ve already bought Maddox some things. We take him to a special shop.” She emphasized that the knife blades are dulled so they’re not dangerous, and that the purchases are accompanied by discussions about violence. But, she said, “we also talk about samurais and about the idea of defending someone as good. We talk about everything.”
In a 2003 interview with 20/20, she admitted that, as a teen, she once had a relationship that involved ritual self-mutilation.
“I got knives out and had a night where we attacked each other… it felt so primitive and it felt so honest… and then I had to deal with, you know, not telling my mother, hiding things, wearing gauze bandages to high school,” she said.
She said she no longer engages in such activities now that she’s a mother.