Angelina Jolie discusses menopause, grief, cancer & her mother with ‘Today’


As we discussed on Sunday, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt sat down for a pre-taped joint interview with Tom Brokaw for Today. There’s actually an interesting history for Angelina in particular with the Today Show – she used to give her exclusives away to her friend Ann Curry, but since Curry’s departure, Angelina has ended up befriending Brokaw. Jolie and Brokaw did a handful of interviews and special programming for the Unbroken promotion.

Anyway, the first quotes released from Today were about their film, By the Sea, and how the dysfunctional on-screen couple is not Brad and Angelina in real life. They also discussed Angelina’s medical choice to undergo a double mastectomy and have her ovaries removed. Today has released more quotes:

Angelina used some of her mother’s doctors: “We had some of the same nurses, some of the same doctors. So, the doctor that did my ovary surgery was my mother’s doctor. And apparently my mother had said to her, ‘Promise me you will take Angie’s ovaries out.’ So when we kind of got together, we both had a big cry, and she said, ‘I promised your mother, and I gotta do this.”’

Bereavement is central to the story of ‘By the Sea’: “We can’t say what the whole film is about, but a lot of the film was when I went to visit my mom in the hospital, when she found out she had cancer the first time, she was gonna have her ovaries removed, (and) she was very upset, feeling like…they’re taking out her parts that were female, and there was a woman down the hall who was wailing. I later found out it was a young woman who had not had children yet, and that put everything into perspective.”

When Angelina got a bad blood test back this year, Brad says: “I was out in France, and Angie called me and I got straight on a plane to return. Seeing my wife have to be her strongest and knowing that it’s the scariest news is terribly moving. And not being there is a horrible feeling.”

Early onset menopause: “Every woman is different when they go through menopause, and…I didn’t know emotionally how I would feel. I knew the breast would be a bigger surgery and physically changing. The ovaries is more, your hormones changing and your emotions changing, but it’s different. You feel different.”

Brad on Angelina’s lack of vanity: “There was no vanity to my wife’s approach. It was mature. ‘This is our life and we’re gonna make the best of it.’ There was a strength in that. It was just another one of those things in life that makes you tighter, and she was doing it for the kids, and she was doing it for her family so we could be together.”

[From Today]

One of Marcheline Bertrand’s dying wishes was that Angelina have her ovaries removed? Damn, that got me teary. And Brad flying home immediately? Yep. This is a real marriage. They just happen to be two of the most famous people in the world.

I’m including the video below. Around the 7-minute mark is when I really started crying, when Brad talks about her strength in dealing with the surgeries, and then Angelina talks about what his support meant and still means. If you stay to the end of the video, even Brokaw seems sort of enamored of them, especially Angelina.

Screencaps courtesy of Today, additional photos by WENN.

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  1. harlequin says:

    The way he looks at her… sigh. And the way they held hands while talking about the surgeries. ❤️ They really love each other. What a nice interview.

    • Andrea 1* says:

      The love between them is so real…. The part where she talked about her mother’s wish got me teary….

    • doofus says:

      yeah, they’re the real deal.

      like ’em or not (and really…how can you not? well, I’m sure someone will let me know…), you can’t deny that they’re in this together for the long haul. very sweet.

    • Caro_ says:


      Swoon. 💜💖💋

      Hands down: Greatest and BEST Hollywood Love story of all time.

      • Tara says:

        Well there are Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Bogie and Bacall, and Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

      • lola says:

        Paul Newman was married with children when he fell in love with Joanne Woodward. Humphrey Bogart was married when he met and started an affair with Lauren Bacall. Lauren Bacall had an affair with Frank Sinatra while Bogart was dying, and bedridden.

        This makes Brad Pitt look even more like a good guy.

  2. PunkyMomma says:

    That love is real. I wish them well.

    • Jaxx says:

      Yes, that love is very real. Real love brings out the best in you, and they have definitely done that with each other. Both are better people in every way.

  3. tifzlan says:

    *waves Brangeloonie flag high and fast*

  4. Toot says:

    Loved the way Brad talked about Angelina and her deciding factors for her surgeries. The way they are with each other is beautiful.

  5. minx says:

    Love, love this couple.

  6. aims says:

    Angelina has handled herself with grace and dignity. She took her power back after given grim news. She clearly has an amazingly supportive husband, which is so important to have a solid support system when dealing with a health crisis.

    On a side note; you can tell how much and in love Brad and Angelina are by their body language. It’s nice to see and I’m also impressed by Brad’s love for their children. This is a loving,solid family. It’s lovely.

  7. Lilacflowers says:

    The clips of the film during the interview show much more than the trailer does.

  8. Luna says:

    I didn’t watch the video because i can’t with watching people talking about private and emotional things, however i don’t mind reading it. I love Her and wish Her well

    • Gen says:

      I’m the same way, Luna. It hits too close to home for me right now. I agree, though, I wish them both well–continued love and health!

  9. Dee Kay says:

    Wow what a great interview. One of the best either of them has ever given. AJP’s interviews about refugees are always her strongest imo b/c she displays so much passion and knowledge and heartbreak over those life-or-death situations. But in this interview with Brokaw, both AJP and BP revealed a lot of their deep thoughts and feelings, especially about AJP’s own life-or-death situation.

    • Toot says:

      Agree. People always say Brad is just stupid or seems slow,I never believed that, but Brad here showed to me his depth and intelligence.

      • Maya says:

        People don’t say Brad is dumb – the few haters do.

        It their new narrative – that the only reason Brad would ever stay with Angelina for is that he is dumb and submissive man.

      • Carmen says:

        As if Angelina would ever put up for a minute with a dumb and submissive man…

  10. meme says:

    she seems lovely and I’m glad she’s well, but her experience is different than the average woman’s. Angelina has access to the best possible medical care, doesn’t have to worry about money or supporting her family, etc. BTS intrigues me but she really should have rethought that wig.

    • V4Real says:

      @meme you always crack me up but you know that is not a wig.

      • Susan says:

        She might mean the wig in themovie clips 🙃Agree its not her best look ever. But the interview is amazing

      • lola says:

        If you look at women’s hair in the seventies, it was not the best era for hairstyles.

    • I think meme is talking about the movie wig?

      • V4Real says:

        Oh, I see, than I have to agree and apologize to meme.

        A lot of movie wigs doesn’t look that great. Why don’t the actresses just go the Beyoncé route and use lace front wigs which can look awesome if done correctly.

      • @V4REal
        You can’t even talk to me about it, lol. I am the worst black person around. I grew up around my mom having her natural hair (I don’t even remember her without dreadlocks, although I’ve seen pictures with her hair permed), and my aunts perming their hair. That’s it. Wigs, extensions, weaves… idea. Unless they’re super ratty…..

        I only knew Angelina’s hair in the movie was a wig because it looks “dry”/worse than her actual hair….like I know her real hair doesn’t look like that. But It looks better/more real when it’s UP. IMO, of course.

    • Caro_ says:


      I don’t get the point of your comment.

      Is it just to say something negative per usual?

      What’s your main thrust? That she should have kept her mouth shut and not shared anything?

      Whether you like it or not, her coming forward and discussing her experience was invaluable to many people. They appreciate it. I’ve even read many women have since gotten tested and have perhaps saved their own lives as well.

      This tired trope of: do nothing because you can’t possibly get a private room at Sinai like Angelina can is stupid and dangerous in my opinion.

      Sure, i dont get 20 million per film. But i have a great healthcare plan thaf I can and do use for preventative care and any subsequent needed surgeries like Angelina.

      So who exactly are you addressing? Wgat do you want to see happen?

      Your commments are especially frustrating given that it was Angelina who in her op ed said gene testing must be made more affordable, she even discussed the price. She also brought up the then upcoming supreme court case on corporations owning genes that could have made them even more expensive that subsequently was ruled down after her piece, thankfully. Did she affect the outcome? Who knows? But trillions of eyes worldwide on something because a world famous movie star writes an earth shattering oped may have.

      Yet you’d rather she said nothing? I dont get this. There are celebs i dont like, we all know..but I’d never disagree with common sense just because they were the ones discussing it.

      • Adding sums says:

        @ Caro_

        I think you do unfairly attack meme. Jolie can afford the best health care and many people in the USA can’t do that or don’t even have any health care at all.

        It is kind of cynic when Jolie discusses the price of gene testing while some people in her own country can’t even have a simple blood test because they have no health care. That is certainly some rich-people-problem and she is certainly out-of-touch with how millions of US citizens live.

        Apart from that: yes, I like these survivor-stories because they do give hope.
        But otherwise I don’t like Jolie’s habit of never seeing the bigger picture: health care in the US is overpriced and very inequally distributed. If one parent dies of cancer then the whole family is often thrown off the rails financially and emotionally because there is no institutionalised support (risk insurance money, institutions, laws etc.).
        Jolie never mentions such stuff when telling her cancer survivor stories. Same with her humanitarian work. While she dares to give a stern talk to the UN about humanitarian issues she doesn’t mention the roots of these humanitarian issues (which are often found in the wars started by the West and the USA in particular). But without adressing the root of the problem it won’t be solved. Currently there are millions of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other middle eastern countries coming to Europe because the USA / the West started too many wars down there. Jolie never mentions that.
        I don’t like that. She never sees the bigger picture.

    • Nymeria says:

      I agree, meme. The test itself is expensive and not often covered by insurance. Then the surgeries themselves… well, the average woman, despite Angelina Jolie’s “advocating” for her (um… sure), is not going to have access to that kind of medical care. A lot of women would choose to have those surgeries done if they could afford it, so basically we’re calling Angelina Jolie heroic because she has money.

      • Caro_ says:


        Again, you are absolutely WRONG.

        The state of healthcare in the United States is absolutely abysmal. Better since the AHA (more than 20 mil of the formerly uninsured will be insured by 2016)…

        ..but for insured people, many of them ‘average,’ with ‘average,’ jobs, and ‘average,’ salaries – these procedures are ABSOLUTELY routine and accessible.

        PLEASE do NOT spread these dangerous falsehoods!!

        Do you think this is a joke?

        Have you not read the many posts from women right here on CB, who have had these very same procedures, and/or have struggled through the hell that is cancer?!

        Why would anyone, especially a woman, deliberately regurgitate dangerous falsehoods and this defeatist trope of: that’s all well and good miss movie star, but shut up because you have money?

        I’m glad you can sleep at night.

        Sadly, maybe some impressionable at-risk person believes you – perhaps they WERE going to look into getting tested or checked out because of devastating family history and you have successfully deterred them because they’re not a movie star and everyone knows working people can’t get hysterectomies and mastectomies! #LIES


      • harlequin says:

        She IS heroic. For Brad, for their six children. For raising awareness and for women who opted to be tested after reading her articles.

        But I guess that’s not enough for some people. She has money therefor everything she went through are negated by that fact?? Geez, what a ridiculous statement. Talk about grasping at straws just to throw something at her. SMH

      • Caro_ says:


        Just to clarify and correct the falsehoods.

        1) Her family is allowed to think she’s “heroic,” for saving her life and for being a wife and mother who wants to be around for them as long as possible.

        2) She educated more lay people on the BRCA1 gene it’s consequences, choices that exist and are available, and need for the testing itself to be more affordable. You sound as if you are denigrating all of that? Why? I didn’t know jackshite about it before her piece. I presume I’m not alone.

        3) The only people who snarkily insist on saying words like ‘saint,’ and ‘heroic,’ are very obviously her irrational haters who think any praise/accolades/admiration Angelina Jolie gets is ALWAYS going to be a direct slight to them personally and especiallly affects that certain rivalry that exists in their own minds and in tabloids. Which is laughable and yet sad.

        I’m still floored that the resentment is still so deep seated after almost 11 years, that they’d actually throw all women, including ones knowingly and unknowingly with cancer….UNDER THE BUS.

      • KB says:

        I know a full time retail manager that’s paid hourly, but has health insurance and it was all covered. She makes like $16 an hour and works 40 hours a week, so…not movie star wealthy.

      • Maya says:

        I will never ever understand people like you who critize rich people who are going through traumas.

        Aren’t rich people humans? Don’t they have a pulse? Don’t they have the feelings like sadness, fear, courage, bravery, insecurity etc?

      • Nymeria says:

        You guys are TOTALLY right. Anyone, with any insurance, can easily afford to have done the test & surgeries.

        Oh. Wait.

      • @Nymeria
        Isn’t that the reason to talk about it? She’s starting a conversation–about women being proactive and taking the steps to secure their futures. Is she not supposed to talk about it at all?

        And you clearly didn’t watch the interview, because when he asks her why she did it the way she did, she said that it was the right choice for HER. Not that it was the right choice, period. But that it was what SHE felt was right for HER family and HER body.

      • PoliteTeaSipper says:

        It depends on what insurance you have. None of the surgeries would be covered under the one I have currently–it would all have to be out of pocket.

      • vauvert says:

        While I know that many readers here are from the US so cost is definitely am issue and should be art of the discussion, there are done of us here who are NOT US residents and our coverage is very different. Should we not hear these things because we have better, more inclusive coverage than yours?

      • lola says:

        If you live in the US, most ALL insurances pay for testing and preventive surgery.

  11. lower-case deb says:

    sometimes sentences like
    “And apparently my mother had said to her, ‘Promise me you will take Angie’s ovaries out.’”
    shows me how much more english nuances are lost to me and that i have to learn more 🙁

    i read it many times,
    does it mean like Kaiser wrote
    “One of Marcheline Bertrand’s dying wishes was that Angelina have her ovaries removed?”
    despite whether she’s continue to be healthy or not.

    or that if ever the time comes for Angie to do so, i’d like you to be the one to do it?

    maybe the video gives more nuance? but i’m STILL waiting for it to load.
    english is hard 😀

    • lucy2 says:

      I took it as her mother knew she had the brca gene and wanted to make sure Angelina and the doctor would take action in the future.

      • Agree–plus they had so many relatives that died of ovarian and/or breast cancer…….and ovarian is NASTY. I can imagine why she’d say that.

        Plus–it doesn’t have to be literal. She’s telling her doctor to take care of her daughter when the time comes, because she knows she’s not going to be there.

      • lower-case deb says:

        @Lisa @Virgilia and @Lamabean, thank you for your explanation!
        i finally is able to watch it! and saw the context also framed by narrator Tom Brokaw about her family members who died of cancer. and how scared her mother was.
        seeing such patterns if i was scared i would probably think that for sure my daughter would have it too.

        thank you to the nurses and doctors also. oncology and pediatric oncology are some of the saddest places on earth. i praise their strength of dedication.

    • carol says:

      Brad Pitt is worse. I don’t think he knows how to talk. It’s like nails on a chalkboard.

      • SusanneToo says:

        I didn’t get that impression at all.

      • Caro_ says:


        I see this sonetimes on women/gossipy/celebrity message boards that have a lot of haters. Weird thing is, I started seeing it mostly after 2005.

        Some were more tolerant of what they now say are shortcomings when Brad was with their favorite friend. They were so happy. After all, she made them believe they could hook up with someone much more attractive than they were as well! Precious.

        That said.

        Brad got thru high school, got into a great university, was a journalism major and is one of the more successful actor producers in H’wood – he knows how to acquire the best literary works/novels and turn them into Oscar winning films, gives performances that get the highest of recognition from his industry (3 Oscar nods) and runs successful businesses and philanthropic efforts outside of ‘showbiz,’ as well (see Make it Right, JP foundation, JP/Perrin Vineyards, etc).

        So yeah…I think he can ‘read.’

      • Caro_ says:

        ..and “talk.”

      • TC says:

        I think Brad conveyed his feelings for Angie and their family just fine in the interview. But I do think it must be difficult to talk about these issues on a national stage because they are deeply personal and affect love ones.

      • lola says:

        I think he has a wonderful speaking voice, and most people would agree.

        Even Brad has said he is not near as articulate as his “wife”. Which by the way, Brad does love saying the words, “my wife”, when talking about Angie.

      • Gwen_pens says:

        He does seem to struggle.Like he has a need to come of educated.
        He should just be himself and not try so hard.
        He would come across genuine.
        College is not for everyone

      • Adding sums says:

        @ caro_ i took the liberty to improve your statement. Changes are marked [!!!]

        I see this sonetimes on women/gossipy/celebrity message boards that have a lot of crazy as**is*ing fans.[!!!] Weird thing is, I started seeing it mostly after 2005. And weird thing is that they defend their idols by defying reason and rationality and manners. [!!!]

        Some were more tolerant of what they now say are shortcomings when Brad was with their favorite friend. They were so happy. After all, Jolie can’t [!!!] make them believe they could hook up with someone much more attractive than they were as well! Precious.

        But the thing is that it is merely a thesis that you can only land a partner who is only as attractive as you. It is one of these bullshit theories that are promoted without any evidence in science. Science clearly states that it is not attractivity that matters but the right background. Most people marry somebody who has a similar background as they do. [!!!!]

        That said.

        Brad got thru high school, got into a great university, was a journalism major and is one of the more successful actor producers in H’wood – he knows how to acquire the best literary works/novels and turn them into Oscar winning films, gives performances that get the highest of recognition from his industry (3 Oscar nods) and runs successful businesses and philanthropic efforts outside of ‘showbiz,’ as well (see Make it Right, JP foundation, JP/Perrin Vineyards, etc).

        There are many many actors and actresses in hollywood who simply “got lucky” and then made the best of that. Pitt ain’t no good actor but he looks and seems likeably. He got lucky in several movies and is a favorite with the audience. Sure, I believe he works his load but he ain’t great. There are many actors and actresses as good as him who never got lucky.[!!!]

        So yeah…I think he can ‘read.’ unlike some of his crazy fans who just can’t be bothered [!!!]

  12. Lama Bean says:

    I gathered that her mother asked the doctor to make HE/SHE was the one to do the surgery if it had to be done.

  13. Noway says:

    I love the way they both talk about her health issues. When she first had her mastectomy, I worried that it would be too preachy and people would run to have unnecessary surgery just to prevent something that they might not have a big enough risk for, but listening to them you really do get that she made an informed decision for her and not advocating for others. She just thinks people should be informed. Not always the biggest fans, but they both did a health care service by informing people about this. Good for them.

  14. Jayna says:

    Great interview. She always tears up when mentioning her mom.

    A great partner is really crucial when undergoing these types of decisions. My co-worker had breast cancer and underwent several surgeries and some obstacles along the way. She is in her late thirties and vibrant . She and her husband were always tight, always doing everything together, loved music and travel. But witnessing her husband’s love and dedication to her during all of this was a beautiful thing.

    • Andrea 1* says:

      Your co-worker is very fortunate.. Husbands like that are rare these days.

    • Jaded says:

      My ex went away golfing with the boys the entire first week after I had my hysterectomy. No wonder he’s my ex – some men are just missing the compassion gene, clearly Brad has it in spades!

  15. BNA. FN says:

    I love their body language. They are so connected to each other, this is true love. I also love this interview, good luck to both in everything they do. I want to see BTS now.

  16. Luca76 says:

    Wow that was so special and they are so inspiring in their devotion to each other.

  17. Isabelle says:

    What they’re going through can bind a couple for life or end the marriage. Looks like the have the bound for life relationship.

  18. Greenieweenie says:

    I think travel and life experience (gleaned from observing a diversity of life experiences) are so important for putting your own trials in perspective. I feel like you can really sense this appreciation in their approach to and understanding of her circumstances.

  19. neer says:

    They really, really love each other!!!

    I cried even just by reading the article & looking at the pics (before I watched the video).

    Their eyes looking at each other, their holding hands….. the care, support & love.

    My ideal couple.

    May God bless them always.

  20. lisa2 says:

    Wow that was so heart felt. It is very clear to me that they love each other very much. Their body language; the way they look at each other.. I don’t see how anyone can say this is not a real relationship.

    Brad is a good man. I like what she said about his having her back. I have seen so many women talk about how their husbands have not touched them since the surgery; or how he looks at her in a different way. So many relationship end after these kinds of surgeries. I have seen it and read it.
    This is a great way to get the message out to everyone even men. The woman in your life needs to know she is still wanted and desired. Brad has clearly made her feel that way.

    that is very sexy to me.

  21. neer says:

    This couple gives Hollywood union a good name by their manifestation of true love and right values. They are very, very rare. They are one of a kind. Hence, I say they are the best. They never claim to be perfect. They face some issues as well but they are giving us a very good example on how to deal them in a MATURE, GRACEFUL, RESPONSIBLE, SUPPORTIVE & LOVING way.

  22. Lili says:

    I LOVE Angelina, but after seeing this, my respect for Brad Pitt reached new levels. Having had histerectomy myself because of cancer and I will never be able to get pregnant, this interview touched my heart. You can feel her honesty and emotions and how important it was having him by her side through this difficult time and she is very fortunate to have a decent men with her. In the end, really love is all that matters and I just happen to see in this interview that true love exist and hopefully one day I will find mine. Seeing this makes me believe there is hope out there. I wish them all the best and I will watch the movie for sure!

  23. Itsnotthatserious says:

    Journalists should take a note on how to conduct an interview. If you ask substantive questions, you get substantive answers and you don’t have to be all gotcha all the time.

    This was a really great interview. I usually can’t watch Brad’s interview, but in this interview he came across as a smart, loving husband who is clued up about what is important in a partner. Angelina gets me teary eye every time she talks about her mom.
    My heart sings for her that she has so much love in her life while she was going through all these. I have a lot of respect for her.

    • lower-case deb says:

      is it because most younger journalists are not old-school trained (whatever that means). i see most of the entertainment journalists ask either the most ostentatious question or questions that can give laughs. much like click bait in speech form.

      but if what Tom said is true, he’s not entertainment journalist. was he serious journalist?
      also was he a retired journalist? the way the other journalists greeted him “welcome back” etc and their very deference “you’re a great people interviewer” sounds like their talking to a retiree.

      • TC says:

        Tom Brokaw is a news journalist and not an entertainment reporter. He was anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982-2004, before news became tabloid-y and tied to advertising sales. He was also co-anchor, along with Jane Pauley, on NBC’s Today Show before Bryant Gumbel (from 1976-1981). He was diagnosed with myeloma cancer a few years ago. But he’s rallied through and he’s still in the game. He will always be considered one of the greats when it comes to journalism news. I grew up on Tom Brokaw and the NBC Nightly News (every evening at 7pm on NBC) and miss him tremendously. But it’s good to know he pops up every one and again to give us a great interview.

    • SusanneToo says:

      He began his journalism career in 1962 in his native South Dakota, moving to NBC in 1966, where he remained until retirement. He wrote the book The Greatest Generation, which brought a renewed appreciation of the men and women of WWII, both on the battlefront and the homefront. Definitely not a lightweight entertainment talking head.

  24. smcollins says:

    Their obvious love & support of each other can’t be denied. They really are a lovely couple and in it for the long haul. Love them.

  25. neer says:

    Angelina Jolie Pitt :

    “He made it very very clear to me that what he loved and what was a woman to him was somebody who was smart and capable and cared about her family and that it wasn’t about your physical body.”

    The above statement should serve as a very good lesson for everyone especially among celebrities that at the end of the day, what keeps family intact is what matters most, NOT the superficial reasons. If faced with trials that may involved or affect your family, one should know what’s important or what’s worth saving. Learn to prioritize and SUPPORT system really helps lighten a burden.

  26. Minxx says:

    I know how hard it must have been for her since I also had my uterus and ovaries removed due to last stage endometriosis (btw. hysterectomy is nothing – it’s the removal of ovaries that’s hell) – the onset of sudden menopause crushed me like a ton of bricks, especially since I can’t do HRT (blood disorder). Everything suddenly changes: not only the psychological (I couldn’t stop crying for 24 hrs) but physical changes, pains, insomnia, headaches, joint pain, hot flashes – within 72 hrs of surgery -without the hormones you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck and beaten with a baseball bat on the top of it.. all of that is horrible and the only thing that makes it better is love and support of your family. At then you have to remind youself that on the bed next to yours in a hospital was a girl who was 28 and had one of her ovaries removed, the other partly.. hoping that somehow she’ll still have a kid. So you realize that you should not feel sorry for youself, you had your kids, life is not that bad. I cannot imagine, on the top of that, having the breasts removed. What a brave woman she is! Brad is a darling – you can tell how much he loves her, they’re the real deal. God bless them!

    • Itsnotthatserious says:

      Minx please do not make such uninformed comment about hysterectomy being the removal of ovaries only. You can have a hysterectomy and choose to leave your ovaries, You actually get your womb removed.

      • minx says:

        I know it’s easy to get confused, but I’m minx, and you are responding to minxx. 😉

      • Larelyn says:

        @Itsnotthatserious – I think that’s what Minxx was saying. That the after effects of hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) is nothing compared to the after effects of removal of the ovaries. That the removal of ovaries is so much worse than removal of the uterus because of the volume of hormones that are produced and managed by the ovaries is so much greater than those produced by the uterus. I think you are both saying the same thing; I don’t think Minxx’s comment was uninformed at all <3

      • Minxx says:

        Itsnotthatserious: I wish you read my comment carefully and understood it before you made yours.

        Larelyn: thank you, that’s exactly what I said.

  27. Maya says:

    It so amazing to see genuine love, respect and admiration these two have for each other – especially since they live in Hollywood where people go through relationships like it is a hobby.

    Always said that Brad seems to be a wonderful man with an inner strength – he clearly loves Angelina and knows that he has to be strong for her to help her through this.

    I especially loved the loving and moving way Brad looked at Angelina when she got emotional about how he supported her.

    May this couple always be this loving and happy together…

  28. sandy says:

    I do not believe any of it – they are actors acting – this interview should get them their oscar which their crappy films are never going to!

    • Caro_ says:


      I’m really not sorry to have to disappoint such hateful, nasty bitter sentiment but…

      …they BOTH already have OSCARS. 😂

      The family has been given 3 Oscars in total if you count Angelina’s Herscholt Oscar, and many more nominations between them.

      For those haters keeping score:

      The 90s hairdo’ is at goose eggs.

    • KB says:

      She’s already got an Oscar.

  29. sandy says:

    Yes and this is why they trot out this tired old stuff about her surgeries and how she sacrificed her breasts – oh wait a minute didn’t they get even larger ? – just when she has a new movie to promote along with magazine spreads of their poor children !The way she acts like the bravest person ever you would think she had to go through surgery and chemotherapy and radiation – real people who go through chemo would be so grateful they could eat without nausea and would never starve themselves to skeletal proportions as she does – and that my friend is why I cannot stand her.

    • Yepisaidit says:

      Huh? I don’t think she’s acting like the bravest person ever. She’s just sharing her experience and as a big star( yes she is a big star no matter how you feel about her) it’s even crazier that she’s willing to share it. She could just go to her mansion and stay quiet but she’s doing a good thing for women. Even if they are lying and acting, they are still putting a good message out there. It’s a lot better than Kimberly Kardashian west message that you have to wear makeup 24/7 for your husband. I like what theyre selling and I am buying it because it is a good positive message.

    • Leonie says:

      Her breasts were removed but the space left was reconstructed into new breasts, that is why they look larger. Also she had the surgeries when she had no movies to promote – years ago. Angelina never acts like she is the bravest person ever, if that is what you take from her simply talking about it to spread awareness, that is on you. And saying she should be grateful because she didn’t have chemo or nausea is petty and childish. Many people who have had breast cancer have spoken out and they all support her. They don’t knock her. And those who had the surgery are so grateful she is speaking out. Heads of breast cancer organizations are praising her for raising awareness. The ONLY one who has a problem, is you. So, maybe that should tell you something? No one else sees what you do. It seems that the reasons you can’t stand her are all based on untruths, misinformation, your childish prejudices, bitterness, jealousy, and your own petty reasons that exist only in your head.

      • Camille says:

        I think her chest appearing larger was due to post-op swelling, they didn’t look as big in that interview video ^. And hey if she did want them bigger, she can do what she likes, its her body and it’s no one elses business.

        People dislike her over the stupidest of things.

      • sandy says:

        I think people like you are weird – how can you care so much about someone you don’t even know? I really don’t care about Jolie or think about her – but the people who fawn over celebs are strange – must have very empty lives of their own!

    • Ennie says:

      @sandy you contradict yourself.

      First you cannot stand her, then you do not care about her.
      You know a lot of her medical situation, if she is skinny or not, and then you say you don’t think about her. It seems the opposite, but thanks for posting!

    • lola says:

      @ Sandy:
      I see compassion and empathy are, “not your thing”.

  30. Hannah says:

    Now all she has to do is give up smoking and she’s all set.

    • Caro_ says:

      Hi @Hannah

      Do you really believe she’s a regular smoker?

      I don’t think she smokes at all. Maybe a joint with Brad every blue moon or shares a drag if she’s highly upset, or rehearsing a film scene.

      Because let’s get it straight, you’re basing it on a one-time long lens papz balcony shot from a couple years ago – one pic in 10-15 years?

      Really girl?

      Or, was this an ignorant snarky jab because you don’t like her, and because of that you choose to believe she’s a smoker who really doesn’t care about the whole ‘cancer,’ thing and is lying to us all?

      Just curious.

      I have my own theories. I actually think her haters wish she would die. Preferably a slow invasive disease, or a plane crash (see FF) Maybe the whole family along with her. We all know they hate ‘seeing’ the kids – I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if they never had to see them again ever.

      That’s why they make comments like these. There’s zero concern there. It’s just anger. If they hadn’t seen that one pap pic in 15 years they’d still be spewing other ugliness to infer she’s a bad person.

      Seriously you want to see the worst female traits realized, visit an Angelina hater community.

      • maggie says:

        Why do you feel the need to defend her? People have a right to like or dislike a person for whatever reason. I don’t read any nastiness regarding her or her husband. Some don’t buy into their brand. That’s their prerogative. It’s celebitchy after all! Right??

      • eva says:


        You’re right, this is celebitchy and this is a comment board where people interact with each other and talk about things which have peaked their interest. If Caro_ wishes to ask a question she can and will, Hannah is within her right to ignore or reply, that’s what this place is for. Or are you saying that people should be allowed to make any statement about any celebrity and not be questioned as to the truth or validity of what they have typed, or does that apply to just the JP’s? As for your not reading nastiness regarding her or her husband, you must have blinkers on and amnesia

  31. Ennie says:

    (side eyeing mean commenters)

  32. HoustonGrl says:

    It must be something to have a love like that.

  33. Pmnichols says:

    Great interview. Honest and real. Plus Tom Brokaw had his own personal issues with sickness and also handled it privately, gracefully, with dignity and intelligence. All three of them made me happy. I enjoyed watching this. Bless them all.

  34. Camille says:

    Such a great interview, love them both.

  35. Tara says:

    Not a fan of using your private pain and family to sell your movie, and when other celebrities do this they get ripped apart, but it is sweet the way he says “my wife”.

  36. WILZ says:

    they both look great ! one thing I don’t get is how a movie about a troubled marriage was inspired by her mother finding out she has cancer ? I like that she’s not revealing the whole story of the movie though.

  37. CatScratchFever says:

    I think what makes Tom Brokaw such a good interview is his willingness to listen. He gives the interviewee time to respond to his very intelligent questions. So understated and humble, love him.

  38. Kath says:

    That top photo is bizarre. It looks like Brad Pitt’s head has been photoshopped onto someone else’s body!

  39. H says:

    On another post about Angie many months ago, we were talking about the genetic testing she had. I’m a veteran and only have the VA hospitals for insurance – which will not test me because I’m adopted and do not know my biological family’s health history. The friendly commenters here on CB pointed me to a lab in Utah that offers free testing to qualified applicants. I met all the criteria…and I found this out because of the awareness Angie has brought to this issue and the kind people here.

    To all the people hating on her, I don’t get it. She made a decision that impacts HER and her family alone. No one should judge.

  40. Larelyn says:

    I feel I can tell a lot about my fellow CBers by reading their interpretations of the interview/video. That everyone views the interview through whatever-colored glasses their life has painted for them. Loving, manipulative, journalistic: it’s fascinating to see all the different ways to interpret a simple interview.

    • Naddie says:

      Excelent comment. I don’t keep them on track (Jolie and Pitt) but I admire her as a person and him as an actor, so I can say I get confused about my perception on this interview. I read a comment, and I see one thing, then another one comes and I end up seeing with other eyes. It’s funny because I’m usually sure about my point of view of things.

  41. Naddie says:

    She looks so much like Madeleine Stowe. Both are very beautiful, classy women.