Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Open Up About Their Marriage in an Honest Joint Interview
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been through a lot together, but that doesn't mean that they're not a normal couple. "Every three months I'll say, 'Honey, I think I should learn how to cook,''' Jolie told Tom Brokaw in an interview for the Today show. "I just humor it,'' Pitt joked. "But really, she has no business in the kitchen."
The busy actress, who worked with Pitt on her upcoming film By the Sea, has become an advocate for women's health after struggling with her own personal issues. In 2013, Jolie underwent a voluntary double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, which predisposed her to developing breast cancer, and earlier this year, she opted to have her ovaries removed after her doctor found early signs of cancer.
"I was out in France, and Angie called me and I got straight on a plane to return. Seeing my wife have to be her strongest and knowing that it's the scariest news is terribly moving," Pitt said about finding out about the scare in March. "And not being there is a horrible feeling."
The difficult decision to remove her ovaries came down in part to her mother Marcheline Bertrand's eight-year fight with cancer. She said in the interview that undergoing the physical changes both two years ago and in March were daunting, especially since the removal of her ovaries resulted in her undergoing an early menopause. However, thankfully she had Pitt by her side.
"I knew through the surgeries that he was on my side and that this wasn't something where I was gonna feel less of a woman because my husband wasn't gonna let that happen,'' Jolie said. "To face these issues together and speak about them and talk about what it is to be human, I think can be a beautiful thing. I think for as much as it speaks about my strength, he made it very, very clear to me that what he loved, and what was a woman to him, was someone who was smart, and capable and loved her family."
Pitt also spoke about her decision. "There was no vanity to my wife's approach," Brad said. "It was mature. 'This is our life and we're gonna make the best of it.' There was a strength in that. It was just another one of those things in life that makes you tighter, and she was doing it for the kids, and she was doing it for her family so we could be together."
Watch the video below to see the full interview.