Angelina Jolie wanted to remain 'normal'

2013-05-16 22:04
Los Angeles - Angelina Jolie was determined to keep her family's lives as normal as possible during her recovery.

The 37-year-old actress - who revealed on Tuesday that she had a double mastectomy and reconstruction in February after learning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer because she was identified as having the BRCA1 gene mutation - managed to keep her surgeries a secret by refusing to make any changes to her or her six children's busy schedules.

A source told People.com: "Things appeared normal. The kids were in school during the day and attending after-school activities as they always do."

Public appearances

The Salt star continued to make public appearances at events while undergoing treatment, including at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards presentation in Los Angeles on 10 February.

She was also spotted taking her four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne to the National History Museum in LA with her fiancé Brad Pitt just two days before she had major surgery to remove breast tissue and had fillers inserted on 16 February.

The Oscar-winning actress also travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo in March to speak to rape survivors.

She didn't reveal her suffering


Journalist Cathy Newman, who joined Angelina on the trip, wrote on Channel 4's website: "I had not the slightest inkling of what she was going through. We travelled for hours to various camps for people displaced by war, along horrendously bumpy, volcanic tracks. For a woman recovering from major surgery, I can only imagine how difficult it must have been."

Brad, who shares four other children, Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, and Shiloh, six, with the actress previously revealed that they treated the experience like an "adventure".

He said: "We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun. You make an adventure out of it.

"[It was] an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months."

Comments

  • Moss Kop - 2013-05-16 23:35

    great role model.

      Beckie Knight - 2013-05-17 07:37

      (NaturalNews) Angelina Jolie's announcement of undergoing a double mastectomy (surgically removing both breasts) even though she had no breast cancer is not the innocent, spontaneous, "heroic choice" that has been portrayed in the mainstream media. Natural News has learned it all coincides with a well-timed for-profit corporate P.R. campaign that has been planned for months and just happens to coincide with the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the viability of the BRCA1 patent. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040365_Angelina_Jolie_gene_patents_Supreme_Court_decision.html#ixzz2TWdEJNYd

  • Moss Kop - 2013-05-17 00:54

    great role model.

  • Delene Labuschagne - 2013-05-17 03:25

    geeezzz News24 we've had enough of Angelina Jolie,,,,,,pleeeez she is not a heroine playing God with her own life,,,,,,im sure u have other stories that needs attention,,,,,

      Beckie Knight - 2013-05-17 07:38

      I'm with you here, Delene. (NaturalNews) Angelina Jolie's announcement of undergoing a double mastectomy (surgically removing both breasts) even though she had no breast cancer is not the innocent, spontaneous, "heroic choice" that has been portrayed in the mainstream media. Natural News has learned it all coincides with a well-timed for-profit corporate P.R. campaign that has been planned for months and just happens to coincide with the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the viability of the BRCA1 patent. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040365_Angelina_Jolie_gene_patents_Supreme_Court_decision.html#ixzz2TWdEJNYd

  • Mulisa Makhalimela - 2013-05-17 04:06

    i love this woman she can act,my prayer 2 her is 2 get quick recovery as indusry is waiting 4 her

      Beckie Knight - 2013-05-17 07:38

      (NaturalNews) Angelina Jolie's announcement of undergoing a double mastectomy (surgically removing both breasts) even though she had no breast cancer is not the innocent, spontaneous, "heroic choice" that has been portrayed in the mainstream media. Natural News has learned it all coincides with a well-timed for-profit corporate P.R. campaign that has been planned for months and just happens to coincide with the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the viability of the BRCA1 patent. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040365_Angelina_Jolie_gene_patents_Supreme_Court_decision.html#ixzz2TWdEJNYd

  • ReapWhatUsow - 2013-05-17 05:29

    Normal......hypocrite that is what she is.....attention seeker also comes to mind

      Beckie Knight - 2013-05-17 07:38

      (NaturalNews) Angelina Jolie's announcement of undergoing a double mastectomy (surgically removing both breasts) even though she had no breast cancer is not the innocent, spontaneous, "heroic choice" that has been portrayed in the mainstream media. Natural News has learned it all coincides with a well-timed for-profit corporate P.R. campaign that has been planned for months and just happens to coincide with the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the viability of the BRCA1 patent. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040365_Angelina_Jolie_gene_patents_Supreme_Court_decision.html#ixzz2TWdEJNYd

      Liz Rudy - 2013-05-17 13:16

      Your name says it all

  • Lee-ann Carstens - 2013-05-17 05:49

    So true....

  • gerry.klos - 2013-05-17 06:03

    Welcome to the Californian Whackee Woowoo showw

  • Ann Padoa - 2013-05-17 09:20

    Angelina Jolie has never been normal.

  • Liz Rudy - 2013-05-17 13:15

    @ Beckie - are you seriously trying to insinuate that she had her breasts removed as a PR stunt? How truly pathetic! You really should try get out more

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