Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Open Up About Her Double Mastectomy: My Husband Wasn’t Going to Let Me Feel Like Less of a Woman

by Alex Ungerman 10:49 AM PDT, October 30, 2015
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in this together.

The two sat down for a rare joint interview with Tom Brokaw, which will Monday on the  on the Today show, where they opened up about Angelina's decision to undergo multiple surgeries, a double mastectomy in 2013 and an ovary removal two years later, to reduce her risk of cancer.

"I knew through the surgeries that he was on my side and that this wasn't something where I was going to feel less of a woman," Angelina said. "Because my husband wasn't going to let that happen."

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The 40-year-old actress has a family history of cancer, and has lost her mother, and her aunt to the disease. So it almost goes without saying that when it came to protecting herself, 51-year-old Brad was behind her the entire way.

"Whatever's got to be done to keep the family together, and keep the family together as long as possible is going to be done," said Brad, adding that he has played a supportive role in this process. "This was her charge, no question. It's a scary decision. There's many things that can go wrong and go many different directions."

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"You have to just make the choices you make in life," Jolie said. "I made the choices I made because I believed they were right for me."

The couple, who have been together for ten years, and married last August, teamed up again for their new film, By the Sea, opening Nov. 13. Brad opened up this week about loving taking direction from his wife.

"It's surprising how much I enjoy the direction of my wife," he told V Magazine. "She's decisive, incredibly intuitive, and might I say sexy at her post. I trust her with my life."

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Angelina wrote the script, about a troubled couple, but insisted earlier this month that the film is in no way autobiographical.

"Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters were even remotely close to our problems we couldn't have made the film," she told Vogue, where the entire family posed together.