Angelina Jolie: Brad Pitt says it was important to share story
Brad Pitt, the partner of Angelina Jolie, has said it was important for her to “share the story” after she underwent a double mastectomy.
Pitt told USA Today it had been ‘an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months’ Photo: AP
By Nick Allen, Los Angeles6:04PM BST 15 May 20132 Comments
Doctors discovered that Jolie carried a “faulty” BRCA1 gene that sharply increased her risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died from ovarian cancer aged 56 in 2007.
She wrote an article for the New York Times in which she went public about having the surgery.
Pitt told USA Today it had been “an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months,” adding: “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.
He added: “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.”