Angelina Jolie has revealed she underwent a double mastectomy after genetic tests showed she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. The 37-year-old actress had the surgery in February and completed the last of the follow-up procedures in April, she says in a New York Times piece called "My Medical Choice." "I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy," says Jolie in the column appearing Tuesday. "But it is one I am very happy that I made. 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." Brad Pitt who has 2 children with Jolie stayed by her side the whole way. "I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive," she writes. "So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition."
Pitt was with her "for every minute of the surgeries," and even during the difficult times, "We managed to find moments to laugh together." "We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has," she writes. Jolie, whose mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, died at age 56 in 2007 after a long battle with cancer, says tests found she had a "faulty gene." Doctors gave her an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, she says. Jolie describes in detail her surgery and follow-up procedures, including receiving implants, and that now her children "see nothing that makes them uncomfortable." "They can see my small scars and that's it," she writes. "Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can.
"On a personal note," she continues, "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."
It sucks to be Justin Bieber this week. First off, all the cash earnings from his concert in South Africa were stolen. Thieves reportedly tunneled into the safe room at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and made off with $330,000. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez confirmed to Boston's Kiss 108 that she is single and would like it if someone asked her on an ice cream date. Lastly, Justin's given up on retrieving his pet monkey that was seized by customs officials in Germany. The pop star's lawyers told the center housing the monkey that they are willing to let him go.
Jimmy Fallon will take over the Tonight Show on Monday, February 24th. Carrie Underwood's 'Sound of Music' will air live on NBC on December 5th.
Don't put them in direct sunlight! Don't let them get wet! And whatever you do, DON'T feed them after midnight! Well, it looks like someone got the original 1984 horror comedy Gremlins wet, because it has spawned another one! This is not going to be part 3, this is going to be a remake! There is no word yet on who will write the film.