Angelina Jolie's father only found out she'd undergone a double mastectomy online.
The Salt actress opened up about her operation - which she decided to have after tests showed she carries the BRCA1 gene and had an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 per cent chance of contracting ovarian cancer - in a moving piece in the New York Times newspaper, and Jon Voight has admitted he has only just learned the shocking news, despite seeing his daughter and her fiance Brad Pitt just two days ago.
"My love and admiration for my daughter can't be explained in words. I saw her two days ago with my son Jamie. We all got together for his birthday, with her and Brad. But I didn't know. It wasn't obvious at all. I found out this morning. I was as surprised as anyone and deeply moved by the way she's handled this. She's a very extraordinary person, the way she examined it and what she shared," he told the New York Daily News newspaper.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are preparing to tie the knot following her double mastectomy.
The 37-year-old actress - who 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 - is planning to marry her 49-year-old fiance "sooner rather than later," after putting their wedding on hold so she could focus on recovering from the gruelling surgery and Brad could wrap up his latest movie.
"Angie is keen on a wedding and the kids are clamoring for a marriage and keep asking Brad and Angie when it's happening. Brad has been caught up in production turmoil with his new film World War Z, so there's been no wedding planning as a result, but Angie has said it will happen sooner rather than later. They are all for all intents and purposes married, but it's become clear that it's important to them to make it official," a source close to the couple said.
Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy.
The 37-year-old actress - whose mother Marcheline Bertrand died in 2007 after battling ovarian cancer - took the decision to have both of her breasts removed despite being healthy, as she has been found to have the BRCA1 cancer gene, giving her an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer.
Writing in the New York Times, Angelina said, "My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. Once I knew that this was my reality, 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. On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to get married in May.
The Moneyball star got a wedding license at the end of February which states he and the screen beauty must now tie the knot within 90 days, and if the pair do decide to get hitched in May the date could clash with his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston and her fianceJustin Theroux's big day.
"Brad and Angelina left themselves short of time to sort out their wedding because of the license deadline. A few months is nothing when you're planning a wedding - especially one as major as theirs. Everything points to them getting married in May just after the Cannes Film Festival ends, because they've got their hearts set on tying the knot in France," a source told The Sun.
Jennifer and Justin have been busy organizing their wedding for months and are also believed to be planning their special day in May.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have chosen their wedding rings.
The Hollywood couple have sparked rumors they are to tie the knot very soon after an assistant working for Angelina collected the marriage bands for them from top Los Angeles jewelers Neil Lane at the end of last month.
"On November 27, a stylist for the actress picked up wedding rings from Neil Lane jewelers for the couple," In Touch reports. Neil Lane has previously created jewelry pieces for Angelina and is renowned for his engagement and wedding rings which he has made for a host of stars including, Jessica Simpson and Ellen DeGeneres. In June, Liam Hemsworth proposed to Miley Cyrus with an engagement ring made by Lane.
Last month, Brad, 48, claimed he is in no rush to marry his fiancee and is happy to wait until the time is right for both him and Angelina, 37, even though he popped the question back in April and has been with her for seven years: "We don't have a date yet. I don't know what's going to happen in two weeks never mind the New Year. We're such migratory workers that it'll be a matter of convenience location wise."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are being pressured into marriage by their kids.
The Hollywood couple hope to set a date for their upcoming nuptials sooner rather than later because their six children Maddox, 11, Pax, eight, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne are clamoring for their parents to make their relationship official and tie the knot.
"We're getting a lot of pressure from the kids. We didn't realize how much it meant to them and then, in getting engaged, how much it also means to us," Brad told E! News.
The lovebirds - who met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith - have previously stated they won't wed until same-sex marriage is legalized in America and Moneyball actor Brad, 48, says proposing to 37-year-old Angelina in April made him believe more than ever that everyone should have the right to get married. "Everyone should have [the right]," he added.
Angelina Jolie was left in tears after visiting a Syrian refugee camp yesterday. The Salt actress - who is a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - paid a visit to the Zaatari camp, which houses 27,000 people in Jordan, and delivered a speech portraying her "concern" at the situation there.
"I am very concerned, the world is very concerned. What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them. What they described on the ground, hearing it from them is so horrific. When you meet so many innocent people and civilians, the people of Syria are asking who is on their side, 'Who is going to help us as the months go on?'" she said, speaking with tears in her eyes.
Brad Pitt "doesn't feel safe" without a gun.
The Killing Them Softly actor is protective of his fiancee Angelina Jolie, and the children they raise - Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - and feels owning a weapon is "in his DNA" as an American. "America is a country founded on guns. It's in our DNA. It's very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don't feel safe, I don't feel the house is completely safe, if I don't have one hidden somewhere. That's my thinking, right or wrong," he said.
Brad, 48, points out how he was exposed to guns from an early age but still turned out to be a responsible adult: "I got my first BB gun when I was in nursery school. I got my first shotgun by first grade [six years old], I had shot a handgun by third grade [eight] and I grew up in a pretty sane environment."
Brad Pitt admits looking after six children is tougher than starring in action movies.
The Hollywood heartthrob - who raises, Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, with fiancee Angelina Jolie - gets a lot more bruises being hands-on father than he ever did doing the stunts for new film Killing Them Softly.
"Does it ache? Sure. The knees have gone, the back is crunchy. Getting the kids ready for school is every bit as painful as anything I had to do in this film," he said.
Brad and Angelina are in the process of organizing their wedding, but he admits best friend George Clooney won't be his best man because "he doesn't believe in institutions." However, Brad has confessed they haven't set a date yet, even though the children are pressuring them to do it, and could tie the knot in the UK, after spending the summer in London: "We are going to do it. We haven't set a date yet, though. We are getting a lot of pressure from our kids. We could do it in the UK. It has been such an amazing summer here, with all your events - the Jubilee and the Olympics. I've watched everything."
Brad Pitt insists the only thing he and Angelina Jolie have planned for their wedding is that it is going to happen.
The actor was giving very little away about his impending nuptials at the London screening of his latest film on Thursday. The 48-year-old star and his 37-year-old partner are rumored to be readying their South of France estate for an intimate ceremony, but Brad was quick to shoot down claims.
"No plans yet. Other than, we're gonna do it," he said.
Despite his new motion picture being a crime thriller that's not suitable for children, the father of six said he was making movies now that he hoped his brood could watch in the future: "It was kind of the reason for the zombie film I've done [World War Z] - my boys are going to like that one. But I'm actually more interested in the films that they're going to enjoy when they're adults."
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