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Brad Pitt in awe of Angelina’s maturity

Published 02/11/2015

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie’s late mother asked her surgeon to remove her daughter’s ovaries if she ever faced a cancer threat.

Brad Pitt has praised his wife Angelina Jolie’s “no vanity” approach to her health problems.

The Maleficent star had a double mastectomy in 2013, when she discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which placed her at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. She took further preventative measures in March this year (15) to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes after her doctor detected what could be early signs of ovarian cancer. Brad was overwhelmed by Angelina’s bravery and composure in the face of such adversity.

"I just remember, there was no vanity to my wife's approach (to handling the health crisis)," Brad told US broadcaster Tom Brokaw in a joint interview with Angelina on the Today show. "It was mature. 'This is our life and we're gonna make the best of it.' There was a strength in that. It was just another one of those things in life that makes you tighter, and she was doing it for the kids, and she was doing it for her family so... we could be together, which trumped everything and anything."

The couple wed last year (14) and they raise six children together. Angelina has also undergone hormonal replacement therapy and is battling the early onset menopause at the age of 40 as a result of her ovary removal surgery.

"Every woman is different when they go through menopause and... I didn't know emotionally how it would feel," she said. "I knew the breasts would be a bigger surgery and physically changing. The ovaries is more your hormones changing and your emotions changing, but it's different; you feel different."

Angelina’s mother Marcheline Bertrand had battled ovarian cancer for eight years before her death in 2007. The Oscar-winning actress says her mother made a secret pact with her surgeon to make sure she would do everything he could to save the star’s life if necessary.

“We had some of the same nurses, some of the same doctors,” Angelina explained. “So, the doctor that did my ovary surgery was my mother's doctor. And apparently my mother had said to her, ‘Promise me you will take Angie's ovaries out.’ So when we kind of got together, we both had a big cry, and she said, ‘I promised your mother, and I gotta do this.’”

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