Angelina Jolie has repeatedly demonstrated that she isn’t hesitant to reveal incredibly personal health problems in order to educate people and start up debates about vital subjects that aren’t frequently publicly acknowledged.
Lately, the actress disclosed in an article for Time on Sunday for International Women’s Day that 2 of her 6 children with former husband Brad Pitt underwent surgery. While Jolie did not specify any actual names in the essay, simply referring to Zahara as her elder sister, ET has learned that the two children who had surgery were 15-year-old Zahara and 13-year-old Shiloh.
Jolie, who has struggled with her own major health issues. Jolie startled fans and others in April 2013, when she revealed that she had undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy in an op-ed for The NY Times. She made the choice after learning that she had a “faulty gene” that increased her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
In yet another op-ed for The NY Times in March 2015, she stated that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as yet another cancer-prevention procedure, which would force her to enter menopause.
Jolie stated that her marriage with Pitt “got problematic” last summer, while she was busy in post-production on her next film, “First They Killed My Father,” that she helmed. When pressed more, she didn’t elucidate but appeared to dismiss the idea that its family’s travel-heavy, frantic way of life was a source of friction with both her and Pitt. Pitt and Jolie divorced shortly after their separation in September 2016. Jolie was seeking exclusive full custody of the kids. The divorce between Jolie and Pitt is still being handled. The difficult year apparently took its impact on Jolie, who speaks up in the article about getting hypertension and Bell’s palsy, which involves muscular paralysis.
In a frank conversation with Vanity Fair in July 2017, Jolie stated her children were “brave” in coping with her and Brad Pitt’s divorce and were yet “recuperating.” She then opened up about her health again, revealing that, on top of hypertension, she had Bell’s palsy, a disorder wherein the muscles solely on a single side of the face weaken and droop. She attributed her complete recovery to acupuncture.
Angelina Jolie is currently going with her legal separation from Brad Pitt and resolving legal matters, and she has lately confessed that it is hurting other elements of her life, including her profession. In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, the star finally talked about it. Even though the ‘Maleficent’ star did not define her familial status, it is safe to infer she is alluding to her and Pitt’s separation. Directing a film is not the same as performing in one, and it takes considerably more time, thus Jolie has stated that she does not have the time to focus on a directorial job at present.
Even with all of these, Jolie and Pitt appear to be on cordial terms. As per BuzzFeed, Jolie stated that she opted to buy a property in California since it was just 5 minutes away from her former husband just for the sake of their children.