Full of smiles and looking the picture of health, Angelina Jolie made her first red carpet appearance since her double mastectomy tonight (2 June) in London’s Leicester Square.
Accompanying fiancé Brad Pitt for the premiere of his new film, World War Z, Jolie was greeted by applause and cheers from the waiting crowd. Wearing a stunning floor-length black gown, Jolie greeted the crowd and publicly thanked Pitt for his support.
Last month, Jolie revealed the shocking news that she had had both breasts removed as a preventative action against developing cancer. The decision came upon her discovery that she had inherited a genetic mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Speaking to Sky News on tonight’s red carpet, she said: “I feel great, I feel wonderful and I am very, very grateful for all the support. It has meant a lot to me”.
When discussing Pitt’s support through the ordeal, she describes him as having “been extraordinary” and that “he’s just such a wonderful man and a wonderful father, and I am very, very lucky”.
One positive outcome from her experience is that people are talking about women’s health and what can be done. Jolie added, “I have been very happy just to see the discussion about women’s health expanded and that means the world to me. After losing my mom to these issues, I’m very grateful for it, and I’ve been very moved by the kind support from people”.
Commenting on his relief at Jolie’s decision and recovery, Pitt said “I’m very proud and I’m just relived that that’s not going to be the thing that takes her out”. He described her as “heroic” for what she did and admitted that talking about it makes him a “little teary-eyed”.
See the video of the interviews with Jolie and Pitt below: