Angelina Jolie was smiling today in her first public appearance since revealing that she underwent a double mastectomy four months ago. The 37-year-old was on the red carpet in London at the premiere of Brad Pitt’s new film World War Z, and the couple were joined inside the cinema by two of their kids – Maddox, 11, and Pax, 8.
Wearing a custom Saint Laurent gown, the mom of six smiled as she waved, signed autographs and told fans that she was “feeling great.”
Angelina revealed in a New York Times article on May 14 that she had decided to get preventative surgery after learning that she carried the BRCA1 gene, which made her highly susceptible to contracting breast cancer. Angelina underwent the first of three surgeries in February to remove her breasts and reconstruct them with implants.
"I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made," Angelina wrote. "My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
Angelina said on the red carpet that she was “proud” of the positive response of her decision to go public about her surgery. “If it did some good then I’m pleased,” she said.