Yesterday in an impassioned letter Angelina Jolie revealed that she had had a double mastectomy after finding out that she carries the BRCA1 gene and had an 87% risk of contracting breast cancer. Following her brave confession her family have spoken out about how proud they are of her.
Her husband-to-be lead the way when he said, ‘Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus,’ going on to add, ‘All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.’
Angelina’s actor father revealed that he had found out when Angelina revealed the news to the world, ‘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 [Pitt]. But I didn't know. It wasn't obvious at all. I found out [Tuesday] 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 said.
Brad’s Mother released her own statement in which she said, ‘We're so very proud of Angie, this means so much to our family especially our grandchildren. We love her dearly.’ Whilst her brother James Haven added, ‘My sister like our mother always put her children first. I am so grateful to be her brother.’