Only Angelina Jolie could convince us to be excited for menopause.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said, "I actually love being in menopause," shocking women worldwide. The star said she’s "very fortunate" that her experience with menopause hasn’t been all that bad.
Jolie-Pitt had a double mastectomy in 2013 and then decided in March to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to decrease her chance of getting cancer, as she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation. Her most recent surgery is one that "puts women into a forced menopause," she wrote in a heartfelt New York Times op-ed publicly announcing her decision.
"I feel older, and I feel settled being older. I feel happy that I’ve grown up," she said. "I don’t want to be young again."
Her husband, Brad Pitt, has been helping her overcome the physical effects of the surgery.
"[Brad] 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, that it’s not about your physical body," she said.
“So I knew through the surgeries that this wasn’t going to be something that made me feel like less of a woman, because my husband wouldn’t let that happen.”
It's incredibly refreshing to see someone in Hollywood (finally!) so welcoming of aging. But her career is certainly not getting old. She just wrote and directed By the Sea, which comes out this week, and is the first film Brangelina starred in since the pair fell in love in 2005 on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
We can already feel their chemistry.
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