Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Pitt ‘quite emotional’ about Jolie’s mastectomy

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt reveals he is “quite emotional” about his fiancée Angelina Jolie having a mastectomy but believes the experience has ultimately been “empowering”.

The Hollywood actress underwent a double mastectomy in April.

Angelina decided to have the operation after genetic tests revealed she had an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 per cent chance of ovarian cancer.

Supportive Brad is amazed by how Angelina has coped with the medical procedure.

"I'm quite emotional about it, of course," he told USA Today.

"She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don't think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn't have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger."

Angelina visited the Congo, the G8 Summit in London and a charity event in New York in remembrance of Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai in the last two months.

Brad reveals she was fresh out of the operating room whilst appearing at these occasions.

"This was during Stage 2 [when the double mastectomy was performed]," he recalled. "Literally it was just weeks after she'd had truly major surgery."

The whole family comforted Angelina throughout the process.

Brad was profoundly moved by the ordeal.

"We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun. You make an adventure out of it,” Brad said.

"[It was] an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months. And I'll tell you, it's such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a spectre hanging over our heads. To know that that's not going to be something that's going to affect us. My most proudest thing is our family. This isn't going to get that."

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

Angelina’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56.

The actress said she made the difficult decision so she could tell her children “they don’t need to fear they will lose me”.

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