With fans cheering their love and support, Angelina Jolie accompanied her partner Brad Pitt along the red carpet yesterday (June 2) for the London premiere of his new film, "World War Z."
As expected, anything to do with the post-apocalyptic zombie flick took a back seat to questions regarding the actress's health and recovery from a double mastectomy earlier in the year. In a widely praised op-ed for the NY Times, Jolie revealed she underwent the surgery to reduce her breast cancer risk after discovering she carried the inherited (and notorious) gene mutation known as BRCA1.
Yesterday, she was nothing but smiles and gratitude — expressing her thanks to the masses and proud that she could spark a dialog on women's health.
“I’ve been very happy to see the discussion of women’s health expanded and that means the world to me," the 37-year-old told reporters. “I am so grateful to have my health. And after losing my mom to these issues, I’m very grateful for it. I’ve been very moved by the support from people."
In a separate interview, Pitt expressed amazement for his partner's bravery and decision — adding that he did not expect how much it would mean to others to hear her story.
“I think the world of her. She is an amazing woman,” Pitt said. “She wasn’t really nervous about coming to support me tonight; she was so moved — we were all so moved — by how much it meant to others. We didn’t realize, or certainly I didn’t realize, how many people were in limbo over this, deliberating, and unsure of what their options were," he said.
While Jolie reduced her risk of breast cancer from 89 percent to less than 5 percent, she still has a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer — the same disease her mother passed away from in 2007 and another cancer connected to the BRCA1 gene.. It's widely expected that she'll undergo an oophorectomy to remove her ovaries, a much less-intensive surgery.
"For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options," Jolie wrote in her article. "I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices."
Check out the red carpet video of Jolie and Pitt expressing their gratitude for all the support they've received below.
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