Angelina Jolie

Survey Finds That 7-in-10 Women Would Follow Angelina Jolie’s Lead

Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she has undergone a preventative double mastectomy has inspired other women to take control.

A survey by market research company YouGov reveals seven out of 10 British women would have the procedure if tests showed they had a high chance of developing breast cancer.

On Tuesday, the Tomb Raider beauty announced in a New York Times piece that she had undergone a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against breast cancer.

Jolie said that doctors estimated that she “had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer” due to a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which increases cancer risk.

Now 68 percent of women say they would have all natural breast tissue removed and replaced with implants if tests indicated a high probability of developing breast cancer.

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Brad Pitt: Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Journey Was “Emotional And Beautifully Inspiring”

Although Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a preventative double mastectomy wasn’t easy, her partner Brad Pitt says the journey was “beautifully inspiring” for their entire family.

“I’m quite emotional about it, of course,” Pitt told USA Today on Tuesday.

“It’s been an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months,” he continued. “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. This isn’t going to get that.”

Jolie, 37, made the decision to have the operation after discovering she is a carrier of BRCA1, a “faulty” gene that increases her risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer. Jolie’s mom, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in January 2007.

“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,” Pitt said.

The couple even included their 6 children in Jolie’s recovery. “We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun,” added Pitt. “You make an adventure out of it.”

In her op-ed article for the New York Times, Jolie said the children were the driving force behind her decision. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” she wrote.

“On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity,” the actress added.

Angelina Jolie Cried During Brad Pitt’s Proposal

Angelina Jolie cried when Brad Pitt proposed to her in front of their six children, an insider tells Us Weekly magazine. Pitt popped the question with a custom designed ring estimated to be at least 16 carats. It took jeweler Robert Procop a year to complete the ring.

“Everyone hugged once she put [the ring] on. She went around and showed it to each of the kids,” the source tells Us.

Jolie, 36, debuted her ring on April 11 during a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Pitt and son Pax, 8.

Meanwhile, Pitt’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston is said to be happy about his engagement. A source said the actress is “trying to just focus on her own happiness” with boyfriend Justin Theroux. “Jen is not a bitter person and she has always wanted Brad to be happy,” the source added.

Aniston and Pitt divorced in 2005 after 5 years of marriage. Pitt and Jolie confirmed their romance in January 2006 by announcing they were expecting their first child together.

Brad Pitt Says He Wants to Marry Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt admitted he wants to marry longterm girlfriend Angelina Jolie soon, despite once declaring the couple would not wed until gay marriage is legalized in the US.

“We’d actually like to and it seems to mean more and more to our kids,” the actor told The Hollywood Reporter. “We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out.”

The 48-year-old movie star, who is up for Best Actor in this year’s Oscars, said his change of heart was partly down to the couple’s six children.

“It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot,” he said. “And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”

The actor did not disclose whether he had proposed to Jolie, 36, adding, “I’m not going to go any further.”
But he reiterated his support for gay marriage, saying, “… to be in love with someone and be raising a family with someone and want to make that commitment and not be able to is ludicrous, just ludicrous.”
Pitt also did not rule out having more kids with his partner of seven years.
“We haven’t closed the book on it,” he told the magazine. “There’s a really nice balance in the house right now, but if we see the need and get that lightning bolt that says, ‘We can help this person; we could do something here,’ then absolutely.” Read more>>

Brad Pitt Under Pressure To Marry

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s children are “putting on the heat” for them to get married.

The Hollywood couple have been together since 2005 and raise six children – Maddox, 10, Pax, seven, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five, and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – who Brad admits are keen for them to tie the knot.
In an interview with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres which is due to air tomorrow (22.09.11), he said: “The kids are putting on the heat. They really are.”
However, Brad, 47, and Angelina, 36, have always maintained they would not wed until gay marriage is made legal throughout the U.S.
He said: “We live in this great country that is about freedom. It is defined by our freedom and equality and yet we allow this discrimination to go on every day and that’s not what we’re about.”
When asked by Ellen if gay marriage was legal, they would marry immediately, Brad replied: “It seems.”
The ‘Moneyball’ star has also addressed comments he made about his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, in which he is quoted saying he “pretended the marriage was something it wasn’t,” saying he feels his statement was taken out of context.
He said: “I don’t know what was pieced together or put together. It has no reference to the past. And I think it’s a shame that I can’t say something nice about Angie without Jen being dragged in. You know, she doesn’t deserve it.”

Brad Pitt Talks Religion, Gay Marriage

Not only does Brad Pitt dish about Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie in the new issue of Parade magazine, he also shares his opinions on religion and gay marriage. Although Pitt grew up in a devout Christian family, the actor admits religion no longer “feels right” for him.

“I grew up Baptist, and then the family switched over to more of an evangelical movement, probably right around the time I was in late high school. There’s a point where you’re un-tethered from the beliefs of your childhood. That point came for me when it was finally clear my religion didn’t work for me,” the Moneyball star reveals.

“I had questions about Christianity that I could not get answered to my satisfaction, questions that I’d been asking since I was in kindergarten. I realized it didn’t feel right to me, that one question just led to another,” he explains. “It was like going down a rabbit hole, each answer provoking another question. There were things I didn’t agree with.”

Despite his new beliefs, Pitt says he and his family still get along. “We don’t see eye to eye on this one, yet at the end of the day we love each other, we’re still family,” he tells Parade.

As for gay marriage, Pitt says he feels “sadness” for those who try to keep it from becoming legal in all states. “I don’t mind a world with religion in it. There are some beautiful tenets within all religions. What I get hot about is when they start dictating how other people must live,” he says. “You grow up in a religion like that and you try to pray the gay away. I feel sadness for people like that.”

Katy Perry: "Russell and I Won’t be The New Beckhams"

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Katy Perry has vowed not to follow in the footsteps of David  and Victoria  Beckham by going into business with her new husband Russell Brand – because they’re too focused on their own projects.
The singer wed the Get Him To The Greek star last month (Oct10), but has been busy promoting her latest album, Teenage Dream, and new fragrance, Purr, while Brand has been preparing for a new movie role.
She’s dismissed rumours the pair is planning to go into business together like the Beckhams, but has praised the soccer ace and his wife for their high-profile ventures.
Perry tells Britain’s News of the World tabloid, “I have no criticism for them at all, they’re the f**king Beckhams. They’re as big as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
“Our map is different. Me and Russell have different goals. He’s really intensely into his book right now. He’s also editing and is about to star in another film. I’m halfway through the record and about to launch my perfume, Purr. There’s a lot going on.”
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