It was the year 2013 when Angelina Jolie steeled herself to raise her voice and confess to the entire world that she had undergone the most important operation of her life: the preventative double mastectomy breast cancer. The actress had an 87% chance of suffering from this disease and a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer. She did not hesitate and she entered the operating room.
The first rumors of this intervention appeared in the life of Angelina in the month of February. This is how the magazine pointed it out Peopleoften well informed about international celebrities, despite the fact that the actress did not make it public until May of that year.
The story of a brave woman
The Californian kept in mind at all times the mirror of her mother, who had also suffered from this disease: «My mother battled cancer for nearly a decade and died at 56.. She lived long enough to see the first of her grandchildren and hold him in her arms. But my other children will never have the opportunity to meet her and the experience of knowing how loving and kind she was,” she said.
These previous lines took the form of sincere reflection by Angelina Jolie. She did them in an article called my medical choicewhich he published in the New York Timesin 2013, and which helped him to express himself openly about this process, which has become a vital turning point.
the interpreter of tomb Raider he never turned his back on reality, not even in front of his children: «I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is that I carry a defective gene, BRCA1, which increases drastically my risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer».
A decision had to be made: «Once I knew what my reality was, I made the decision to have a double mastectomy. I started with my breasts, since the risk of suffering from this cancer was higher than that of having ovarian cancer and the surgery is more complex.».
The secondary objective that Angelina Jolie pursued was to become an example for other women who are going through the same situation. And she remembered it that way in her column in the American press: «My chances of developing breast cancer have been reduced from 87% to less than 5%. Now I can tell my children that they do not have to fear because they are going to lose me to cancer, “he concluded.
The other fight of Angelina Jolie
This 2023 marks a decade of the aforementioned surgical intervention, but during it, Angelina has had to fight another parallel battle. We talked about her and almost endless cold war with Brad Pitt.
On September 19, 2016, the breakup of one of the most famous couples in Hollywood transcended. The differences when requesting custody of their six children and managing their juicy common estate were irreconcilable. Why did you break up? There were many theories exposed, from logical wear and tear to infidelities, but TMZ He went further by assuring that the trigger was Brad Pitt’s violent behavior with his children, which would have caused the divorce.
The marriage known as Brangelina He fought (and a lot) in court for the custody of his little ones, until they called a truce. Through an official statement they promised to “act as a united front to achieve family recovery.”
Good intentions that ended up being worthless paper. In the summer of 2018, Angelina Jolie denounced that Brad Pitt was not in charge of supporting the children. For his part, he claimed to have paid more than 1.3 million dollars since the breakup.
At what point are they currently?
A good question, no doubt. After the previous confrontation, the ex-marriage remained cordial for a long time. But in 2020 everything blew up again. Angelina asked the Superior Court of Justice to remove the judge in charge of the divorceJohn W. Ouderkir, for an alleged connection to the father of his children.
There was still more. In 2021, Angelina Jolie again attacked the actor, accusing him of gender violence and child abuse. The war was intensifying at times and the wear and tear was a toll that was too costly to pay, both for one and for the other. Finally, in May of that same year, the judge ruled in favor of Brad Pitt, indicating that custody should be divided equally.
The next episode was the complaint by the activist when she confessed to being the victim of mistreatment by her ex-partner. According to her account, the actor took her to the bathroom, where “He grabbed her by the head and shoulders and shook her violently., yelling things like: ‘You’re fucking this family’.”
He acknowledged having yelled at her, but always denied physical aggression that his ex-wife accused him of. At the moment, Brad Pitt has a very tense and distant relationship with his childrenwhom he rarely sees.
Has Angelina Jolie won the war? Who knows, but if time has shown us anything, it is that there is always one more episode in this battle.