>> The world of celebrity this week totally revolved around Angelina Jolie and the shock news that she had a double mastectomy on April 27, after three months of lead-up procedures.
In an exclusive op-ed for the New York Times, titled “My Medical Choice”, Ange revealed she decided to undergo the procedure earlier this year after doctors estimated she had an 87 per cent risk of breast cancer, and a 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer.
Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer aged 56. Jolie revealed she carries a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which increases her risk of developing the two cancers.
It was kept so quiet that even Ange’s father, Jon Voight, confessed he knew nothing about it, despite having seen his daughter the day before her article was published.
Speaking to the New York Daily News, he said: “I was as surprised as anyone and deeply moved by the way she’s handled this. She’s a very extraordinary person, the way she examined it and what she shared,” he said.
Brad Pitt gave an awesome interview to USA TODAY about Ange’s decision.
“I’m quite emotional about it, course,” he confessed. “She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger.”
He noted that Angelina kept important commitments during her treatment, including a trip to the Congo, an appearance in London for a G-8 Foreign Ministers Conference, and a visit to New York to honor a young Pakistani hero.
“This was during Stage 2 [when the double mastectomy was performed],” he revealed. “Literally it was just weeks after she’d had truly major surgery.
It’s since been revealed by People magazine that the mum of six is also planning to have her ovaries removed.
PS from Lainey Gossip: “Also worth mentioning — this story was posted on the NYT website … at around midnight. Monday night is the usual cut-off point for the weekly magazines. If they wanted to, they could have given the supermarket publications a full day or more to make their changes. That’s how they did it when they confirmed their engagement. It was April 13, 2012, a Friday. This time they decided not to coordinate the coverage of her news with the weeklies, choosing instead to exclusively make a statement in a Newspaper of Record. It’s another example of what a sophisticated media strategist she is. Which is partly how she’s become such a powerful symbol — perhaps the most powerful symbol — for issues not related to Hollywood at all.”
>> In other news, David Beckham announced he was retiring from soccer after a 20 years career. He said in a statement that: “If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times, and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.” Ah, well, at least we’ll still have his H&M underwear ads.
>> P.Diddy filmed a parody of himself appearing on Downton Abbey, and it’s kinda funny. Take a look by clicking here.
>> Tori Spelling‘s husband got her the most bizarre ring for their wedding anniversary. I’m calling it: WTF? Check it out here.
>> There were 5 clues Beyonce might be pregnant again. Check ’em out here.
>> Michael Douglas was photographed for this freaky cover. It’s to publicise his role as Liberace in the biopic Behind the Candelabra, in which Matt Damon plays his lover. Discussing their love scenes, he said: “Once you get that first kiss in, you are comfortable. Matt and I didn’t rehearse the love scenes. We said, ‘Well, we’ve read the script, haven’t we?'”
And that’s it. Well, there was heaps more, but these are my favourites. Check out iGossip over at iVillage for the rest. I’ll blog the weekend’s gossip on Monday. In the meantime, have a fab weekend.