Brad Pitt’s family are “very proud” of Angelina Jolie for opening up about her double mastectomy. The 49-year-old World War Z star’s mother Jane Pitt admits she loves the 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress “dearly” and is happy that she made the drastic decision to have both her breasts removed after she was identified as carrying the BRCA1 cancer gene, which gave her an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer, so she can see her six children grow up. Jane said in a statement to People.com: “We’re so very proud of Angie, this means so much to our family especially our grandchildren. We love her dearly.”
Angelina’s brother James Haven also voiced his support about her decision to undergo the procedure largely because of the death of their 56-year-old mother Marcheline Bertrand from ovarian cancer in 2007. He said: “My sister like our mother always put her children first. I am so grateful to be her brother.”
Jolie went public with her big reveal in an article in Tuesday’s New York Times, revealing she underwent the preventative surgery in February in a bid to keep breast cancer at bay. Pitt issued a statement on Tuesday morning, calling his partner’s actions “heroic” and then sat down for interviews to promote his new movie World War Z but few people wanted to chat about the film.
Asked about Jolie’s double mastectomy shocker, the movie star told USA Today, “I’m quite emotional about it, of course. 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.” Continue…
On Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actress revealed to the world that she had both of her breasts removed in February as a preventative measure after doctors warned her she carries the “faulty” gene Brca1. Before the operation Jolie had an 87 per cent risk of contracting breast cancer, and in her article for the New York Times she revealed Pitt’s support had been integral in getting their family through such a tough time.
Now the Fight Club star himself has released a statement thanking his partner for going ahead with surgery for the sake of their six children. He tells the London Evening Standard, “Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus. All I want… is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.”
The actress underwent the preventative surgery earlier this year after doctors informed her she had an 87 per cent risk of contracting breast cancer because she carried the “faulty” gene Brca1. Jolie opened up about her decision in Tuesday’s edition of the New York Times, and several of her acting peers took to their Twitter.com page to heap praise on the star for speaking publicly about the surgery.
Elizabeth Banks writes, “Much respect & for sharing in classy way”, Kristen Bell declares, “An admirable op ed (opinion/editorial) by Angelina Jolie”, and Nia Vardalos tells her followers, “A moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie’s candor (sic) and all women’s bravery in facing this choice”.
Marlee Matlin adds, “Brave, honest, strong. Angelina Jolie gets a double mastectomy. Agree with Nia Vardalos – quiet respect for her”, while director Adam Shankman applauds, “Beautiful and brave article by angelina jolie”. Continue…
Angelina Jolie has bravely opened up about going through a double mastectomy. “I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex,” the 37-year-old actress wrote in the New York Times.
She added, “I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
“I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. 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, 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,” Angie said.
James Haven, the older brother of Angelina Jolie, has written a piece for the Huffington Post adapted from his “We the People” speech, in which he speaks out against child abuse. The 40-year-old actor is the honorary Senior Advisor on Global Issues at Harvard and founder of the CoreCause Foundation, which “seeks to attack the world’s causes from a preventative rather than recovery stand point.” “So I say on behalf of those children who cannot speak anymore and for the countless children and adults who are afraid to speak… Justice is coming,” James says in the piece.
Entertainers-businesswomen Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson are among the 10 “Most Powerful Moms of 2013″ as ranked by Working Mother magazine. Other media celebrities in the publication’s alphabetical list of its top 50 include actresses Tina Fey, Angelina Jolie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Melissa McCarthy and Gwyneth Paltrow; singers Mariah Carey and Gwen Stefani; newswoman Katie Couric; and model Gisele Bündchen.
The magazine says it selected women who “have exhibited the strength to overcome tremendous obstacles, the insight to innovate and inspire, and the passion and courage to go against the grain to change the lives of others for the better.”