It’s very rare for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to discuss their personal lives with the press, and even less so for the couple to sit down and be interviewed together.
Angelina Jolie was very open earlier this year when she penned a piece in an American newspaper, revealing she had undergone a life changing operation in March 2015 to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes in a bid to reduce her risk of cancer. This followed her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy in 2013, when she was 37, after learning that she had an increased risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective gene.
In an interview with the Today Show, the couple sat down together and opened up about the reasons behind Angelina’s brave decision, the surgeries, and how they’ve supported each other throughout the whole process.
Following the death of her mother in 2007 from ovarian cancer, Angelina Jolie was aware there was a chance she had the same defective gene, so when she tested positive she couldn’t ignore the risk. Brad revealed of her decision to undergo the preventative double mastectomy, “she was doing it for the kids, and she was doing it for her family so we could be together.”
After a a blood test taken this year showed Angelina could have signs of early-stage ovarian cancer, she made the decision to undergo the next operation, and Brad rushed to be by her side.
“I was out in France, and Angie called me and I got straight on a plane to return,” Brad said. “Seeing my wife have to be her strongest and knowing that it’s the scariest news is terribly moving. And not being there is a horrible feeling.”
The mother-of-six went on to describe how she had some of the same doctors and nurses who treated her mother, adding to the emotional roller coaster, “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.'”, Angelina explained, “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.”’
At 40, the operation brought on the early onset of menopause for Jolie.
“Every woman is different when they go through menopause, and…I didn’t know emotionally how I would feel,” she said. “I knew the breast 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.”
The life changing procedures and difficult decisions seem to have only made the couple stronger and more united. After more than 10 years together, it is clear they couldn’t be more in love.
“There was no vanity to my wife’s approach,” Brad revealed proudly, “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.”
Angelina went on to say, “I knew through the surgeries that he was on my side and that this wasn’t something where I was gonna feel less of a woman because my husband wasn’t gonna let that happen. To face these issues together and speak about them and talk about what it is to be human, I think can be a beautiful thing.”
The couple’s new film, “By the Sea,” which they were promoting, was inspired by Angelina’s experience of losing her mother. The stars both act in the film, with Jolie also the writer, director and producer of the movie.
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