Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Brad Pitt: Angelina is heroic

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt wishes a "long and healthy life" for his fiancée Angelina Jolie.

The Hollywood actress made the decision after genetic tests revealed she had an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 per cent chance of ovarian cancer.

Brad, 49, today hailed Angelina for showing such bravery during the process.

"Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic," he told British newspaper The London Evening Standard. "I thank our medical team for their care and focus. All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family."

In a piece published in the New York Times this morning, Angelina opened up about learning she has the BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Angelina, whose mother Marcheline Bertrand died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56, said she made the difficult decision so she could tell her children “they don’t need to fear they will lose me”.

Brad and Angelina raise six children together and are widely expected to wed this year.

During her op-ed piece, 37-year-old Angelina paid tribute to Brad for the support he has shown her during the three-month process of medical procedures which included reconstructive surgery after both of her breasts were removed.

"I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive," Angelina wrote. "So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center [in Beverly Hills], where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has."

Angelina completed the process in April.

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