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Angelina Jolie makes first public appearance with Brad Pitt after double mastectomy

by Francesca Menato ,
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Angelina Jolie shocked the world last month when she announced she had gone through months of gruelling surgery as a preventative cancer measure. She made her first appearance since the procedure at the premiere for Brad Pitt's latest movie World War Z.

Angelina Jolie made her first public outing since her double mastectomy, at last night's London premiere for Brad Pitt's latest movie World War Z.

The movie star opted to miss her aunt’s funeral in order to support her soon-to-be husband on the red (black) carpet.

The 37-year-old was a knock out in classic black Yves St Laurent.

She spoke to reporters about how she was feeling after going through such intense surgery.

She said: "I've been very happy just to see the discussion of women’s' health expanded and that means the world to me and after losing my mother to these issues. I'm very grateful for it.

"I've been very moved by the kindness and support from people, I'm really very grateful for it."

When asked about being back on the red carpet she told people how happy she was to be able to support Brad after he had been there for her during such a difficult time.

She said: "I'm very excited for Brad. He's been extraordinary, he's such a wonderful man and a wonderful father and I'm very, very lucky."

Her 44-year-old fiancé also spoke to the press about her "heroic" decision.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt © Getty
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He described the whole ordeal as a "very moving experience."

"It brought our family tighter together. It's the bravest thing to me; I get a little emotional about it...

"The selflessness for our family and what it's meant for others."

"She's very special to me."

Speaking about the decision to go public with the news, Brad explained how strongly Angelina had felt about bringing the issues to light.

She wanted to highlight the fact that there are options, but "this is not available for everyone and it should be."

Despite the obvious difficulties they faced as a family and a couple, the Money Ball actor told people that they took it on together and treated it as "another adventure".

In mid-May Angelina explained her choice to undergo serious invasive surgery after learning she had an 87 percent chance of contracting breast cancer.

In an article entitled My Medical Choice, Angelina wrote: "My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56.

"She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms.

"But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was."

Angelina Jolie with her children © Getty
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She added: "I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.

"Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of."

Since taking a break from work Angelina is now set to star in a biopic about her mother Marcheline Bertrand.

She, like Angelina, dedicated much of her life to charity work and has been described by her daughter as “grace incarnate”.

Brad Pitt’s production company is reportedly funding the project.

Francesca Menato
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