Angelina Jolie will proudly be by Brad Pitt“s side when his new film World War Z is unveiled in London on 2 June. The Oscar-winning actress will make her first public appearance since revealing she had a double mastectomy to support her fiancé at the world premiere of his new movie in the British capital.
Earlier this month, Angelina revealed she had undergone the operation after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene, which meant she had an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer.
“I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much as I could,” she explained in a powerful article titled My Medical Choice published in The New York Times on 14th May.
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Angelina, who lost her own mother Marcheline Bertrand to ovarian cancer in 2007 aged 56, said the decision was motivated by her own six children. The Hollywood beauty bravely endured months of medical procedures so that her family “don”t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer”.
Now preparing for more surgery to have her ovaries removed, Angelina suffered a huge blow at the weekend when her aunt passed away from breast cancer, just two weeks after she had revealed she had had the double mastectomy to avoid such a fate.
Debbie Marti, the sister of Marcheline, passed away at the Palomar Medical Centre in Escondido on Sunday at the age of 61. Her husband Ron Martin, said the sisters had both had the same mutated BRCA1 gene, which Angelina had inherited.
“Angelina has been in touch throughout the week and her brother Jamie has been with us, giving us his support day by day,” he told E! News.
“They both loved Debbie very much and although Angie is not able to come right now, she has sent her love and support, which was very nice.
Mr Martin also praised the star for electing to have a double mastectomy. “Had we known, we certainly would have done exactly what Angelina did,” he said.
Angelina”s decision to stand with Brad at the screening of World War Z is indicative of how strong the couple”s bond has become. Praising her “loving and supportive fiancé” in her article, she wrote, “…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.”