Kelly Osbourne Reveals She Too Has BRCA1 Gene, Discusses Angelina Jolie's Surgery Decision

by Antoinette Bueno 3:49 PM PDT, March 24, 2015
Playing Kelly Osbourne Reveals She Too Has BRCA1 Gene, Discusses Angelina Jolie's Surgery Decision

Kelly Osbourne is getting candid about her health with ET.

Following Angelina Jolie's op-ed published in The New York Times on Tuesday, in which she revealed that she elected to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against cancer, Kelly revealed that she also has the BRCA1 gene. Like Angelina, this also puts her at a higher risk than the general population for breast and ovarian cancers.

"I have gotten tested, and I do have the gene, but I'm still young enough to -- I mean, you can have the gene and never ever get it," Kelly, 30, told ET's Nischelle Turner on Tuesday after a taping of The Talk. "It's just keeping up with the doctor, going and getting checked all the time, and being responsible to yourself."

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Kelly's own mother, The Talk host Sharon Osbourne, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, and underwent a double mastectomy in 2012 when she learned she carried a gene for breast cancer. Given this difficult experience, she wholeheartedly agreed with Angelina's choice.

"Being a daughter of a cancer survivor, my mom went and had the double mastectomy when she found out she had both genes [BRCA1 and BRCA2] because she didn't want to have to go through it again," she explained. "I think that it's not just a good move, but a responsible move, so that she can be the mother that she deserves to be to her children."

The former Fashion Police host also shared that Sharon has always been open about her health issues with her children, which besides Kelly, includes 31-year-old Aimee and 29-year-old Jack.

"My mom's always been vocal about that kind of stuff because she never wants us to worry so that we are as informed as we could possibly be, but naturally, we always still worry," Kelly said. "But we all just agree that it was the smarter thing to do, because just as much as it is the hardest thing in the world to watch somebody you love suffer and not be able to help them, to be the child of someone is an equal amount of suffering in a different way."

As for whether or not she would consider having similar procedures as Angelina, she remains open to it. 

"And now that you can prevent it, it's the responsible thing to do," she added. "I would do it."

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