Jane Pitt has paid tribute to her soon to be daughter-in-law Angelina Jolie for her brave decision of having a preventive double mastectomy, even though there have long been rumors that relations between herself and Angelina are strained.
In a touching statement, Jane Pitt said she is “proud” of Angelina Jolie, 37, for having the surgery in order to ensure she is alive to watch her children grow up.
Angelina Jolie with her fiancé Brad Pitt and his mother Jane and father William at the Oscars in 2012
“We’re so very proud of Angie, this means so much to out family especially our grandchildren,” said Brad Pitt’s mother in a statement to People magazine.
“We love her dearly.”
Between early February and late April Angelina Jolie completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts after being advised she was at a high risk of developing breast cancer.
Having watched her mother die at the age of 56 from ovarian cancer, ten years after developing the disease, Angelina Jolie was determined to ensure she had the best chance of avoiding the same fate.
Her brother James Haven also made a statement paying tribute to Angelina Jolie.
“My sister like our mother always put her children first,” he said.
“I am so grateful to be her brother.”
Actress Angelina Jolie has reportedly been left furious after her boyfriend Brad Pitt’s mother Jane insisted on buying girly clothes for her notoriously tomboyish granddaughter Shiloh.
Despite Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and her five siblings being allowed to choose their own clothes by their famous parents, Jane Pitt is said to have purchased a series of feminine outfits for the six-year-old.
According to the Evening Standard, Angelina Jolie found Jane Pitt’s move “disrespectful” for her to buy such clothes for Shiloh, considering it is well known that she likes to dress in similar style to her brothers.
A source told the newspaper: “It’s well documented that Shiloh likes to dress like a boy.
“But Jane still insists on buying her fairy costumes and princess dresses, which Angelina finds very disrespectful.”
Angelina Jolie found Jane Pitt's move “disrespectful” for her to buy girly clothes for Shiloh
It is the second time this year that Angelina Jolie has been left angry by Jane Pitt, after Brad’s mother wrote a letter to a local newspaper in the United States urging Americans to vote against President Barack Obama in the upcoming elections because of his support for gay marriage.
In a letter to the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri urging support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, Jane Pitt wrote: “Any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are prominent supporters of gay marriage and President Barack Obama, were said to be appalled by the letter.
They once said they would not marry until same-sex marriage was legalized in the US, but became engaged after pressure from their six children.
The source said: “Brad and Angelina were devastated by Jane’s actions. They have worked hard campaigning for equality, working closely with Barack Obama.
“Angelina called Jane and told her she believes she’s setting a bad example for the kids.”
A source told Star magazine at the time of the letter: “Jane has never wanted to talk politics with Angelina.
“She knew it would cause greater issues for them, and she wanted to try to have a relationship with the mother of her grandkids. She never thought her letter would be such a big deal.”
Brad Pitt once said of his mother’s outspoken views: “She’s very loving, very open, genuine, and it’s hilarious because she always gets painted as a she-devil.”
There were once rumors that Jane Pitt and husband Bill did not get along with their son’s long-term partner, favoring his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston instead.
But such myths were dispelled when they stepped out together in December last year to support Angelina Jolie at the premiere of her first venture in the director’s chair, In the Land of Blood and Honey.