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Brangelina enjoy romantic Paris date

Brad Pitt decided to kick off celebrations for Angelina Jolie's birthday with a romantic meal in Paris last night.

Angelina turns 38 today, but Brad decided to kick the celebrations off early by taking her out in Paris on Monday evening. The pair had earlier attended the premiere for Brad's new movie World War Z in the French capital and after the screening, Brad whisked Angelina away to Il Vino's Italian restaurant.

They were clearly in a mood to celebrate and didn't even return to their hotel to change before their evening out together. Angelina looked stunning in a black Yves Saint Laurent slim-fitting trouser suit, while her handsome fiancé also opted for an all-black suit.

After dining together, the Hollywood stars moved on to Silencioso's nightclub.

Angelina made her first public appearance since announcing her preventative double mastectomy in London on Sunday. She has been accompanying Brad around Europe as he promotes his new zombie film World War Z.

The beauty made the decision to undergo the operation after discovering she had the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer.

It was revealed last week that Angelina's aunt Debbie Martin had lost her fight with the disease aged 61.

Angelina was very close to her and Debbie has been described as the 'unsung hero' behind the star's health decisions.

"Debbie urged Angie to have the BRCA1 gene test. It gave Debbie a great sense of peace in her last days, knowing that Angelina had saved herself, and that's a small bit of relief from this heartbreaking situation," a source told British magazine Grazia. "She's naturally devastated over this loss and grieving the loss of an aunt, who, in many ways, was a second mother to her. They talked all the time.

"Now Angelina just wants to do whatever it takes to stick around as long as possible for her own children. She also wants to raise awareness for other men and women."

Angelina's cousin, photographer Francis Bertrand, has spoken out about how the actress and her family have been coping with losing Debbie.

"It's horrible timing as she's just had surgery. It's been hard for her but she has a wonderful family too and they are with her. We are a very close family. We are in constant contact with Angie. She's been upset by this, as we all have. She loved her and they were close," he told the publication.

"Angie had preventative surgery and my aunt would have had it too, had she had the opportunity. Unfortunately, it was too late for her when she discovered it.

"She had her ovaries removed. However, she didn't have the opportunity Angie had to have the breast operation first. We are very aware of taking action towards preventing it. It has devastated our family, so we support what Angie has done, of course."

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