Angelina Jolie's dad Jon Voight discovered from the news she had undergone double mastectomy
Angelina Jolie’s dad the actor John Voight, who had seen his daughter at the weekend, learned for the first time yesterday about her surgery.
The 37-year-old actress announced to the world in an article she penned in the New York Times yesterday that she had underwent a preventative double mastectomy in recent months.
According to friends, the actor had spent the weekend with Angelina, Brad and the family, but at no stage did she reveal to him the grueling operations she had undergone.
In a statement the actor said: “I found out on Tuesday morning. I was as surprised as anyone and deeply moved by the way she’s handled this. She’s a very extraordinary person, the way she examined it and what she shared.”
Voight was divorced from Angelina's mother Marcheline Bertrand who died of breast cancer when she was 56. He had been estranged from his daughter for ten years, but they reconciled two years ago and the former 1970s film star is now said to be in regular contact with his daughter.
“My love and admiration for my daughter can't be explained in words,' the actor told the New York Daily News. 'I saw her two days ago with my son Jamie. We all got together for his birthday.”
Her father said he totally respects her decision not to have told him what she was going through.
“I completely understand,” he explained. “I want the focus to be on the inspiration.” They spoke yesterday and she talked him through what she had been through.
Angelina underwent three operations starting in February this year when she had her breasts removed. She made the decision after learning she is a carrier of the BRCA1 gene and had an 87 per cent chance of contracting breast cancer and a 50 per cent risk of getting ovarian cancer.
“We're so very proud of Angie, this means so much to our family especially our grandchildren” Jane Pitt said.