Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since she revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy, as she and Brad Pitt walked the red carpet together.
The couple looked happy and relaxed as they stopped to meet fans and pose for photos before the premiere of Pitt’s new film, World War Z, in London yesterday evening.
Jolie, who made the announcement last month, stopped at one point to hold the face of one fan overcome with tears, and took a photo with her.
Speaking about the reaction to her double mastectomy, she said: “I’ve been very happy just to see the discussion about women’s health expanded and that means the world to me.”
Brad said of his fiancée: “She is doing great, it’s business as usual, it’s the next stage for us.”
Asked how important it was to have her support at the premiere he said: “I’ve never not had support from her. I love her, it just brings you closer and makes you stronger.”
World War Z stars Pitt as Gerry Lane, a UN employee in a frantic race across the globe to battle a zombie pandemic that is taking over the world.
The couple were joined on the red carpet in Leicester Square by Pitt’s co-stars Mereille Enos, Daniella Kertesz and Ludi Boeken, director Marc Foster and producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.
Jolie, 37, opted to have the double mastectomy after finding out she carried a faulty gene, BRCA1, which made her likelihood of developing breast cancer 87 per cent. The operation cut that risk to just 5 per cent.
Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died from ovarian cancer at 56, and the actress’s aunt died of breast cancer last month.
Jolie revealed that, beginning in February, she underwent three operations – which she succeeded in keeping secret from the public – in which her breasts were removed and replaced by implants.
Pitt said Jolie’s mastectomy and the subsequent revelation had been “a very moving experience” for the couple, who have six children.
“What it means to others has really surprised me,” he said. “The beautiful thing is that for us, life will go on. It certainly brought our family tighter together.”