When Angelina Jolie confessed in her New York Times op-ed that she's had a prophylactic mastectomy, she felt it necessary to give a shout-out to partner Brad Pitt. And it might be the most romantic revelation we've heard from the intensely private but clearly passionate couple.
She writes ...
I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.
And Brad gushed right back about his love to London's Evening Standard:
Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus. All I want is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.
So sweet. And while it may initially seem crazy to feel like a deeply difficult personal health challenge like this could actually bolster your relationship, I completely get where Angelina's coming from. Going through something like this with your partner can be an incredibly eye-opening experience. It's a true test of love -- and you come out of it knowing exactly where you stand.
For example, look at someone like John Edwards and how he handled his wife's cancer ... by cheating on her and landing them in divorce court. Ugh! 180 degrees from that, I know a husband who donated his kidney, so that his wife, who suffers from a kidney disease and was on dialysis, could get a healthy one.
As my husband and I have faced several surgeries and health worries over the past six years together, I've felt reassured that he'll always be there for me, support me, and take care of me. And well before we said our vows, I pledged to be by his side to take care of him no matter what. As far as I know, there's almost no better illustration of commitment, devotion, adoration, love.
And no matter what tabloids would have us believe, that's obviously what Brangelina has for one another -- now more than ever.
Has a health crisis ever brought you closer or pulled you apart from your partner?
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