Brangelina were one of the most famous couples of all time. After all, there was so much controversy around them getting together after meeting on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith. Let's not forget the fact that he was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time.

They spent 12 long years together as one of the most powerful couples in Hollywood, until they announced a shock split in September last year. Although the break-up received global coverage, the pair both kept pretty tight-lipped about the situation. Despite intense speculation, none of us really know what happened to lead to their separation.

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For the first time since their split, Angelina has spoken out and given some insight into the reasoning behind their split, and what it boils down to is pretty sad. According to Angelina, it was largely down to her cancer scares. How awful.

The actress turned director made no secret of the fact that she underwent a double mastectomy after finding out that she had an 87 per cent risk of developing breast cancer because of a defective gene she inherited. Two years later, Angelina underwent a oophorectomy, which was the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tube, after tests showed possible signs of ovarian cancer.

Angelina's mum also had breast cancer, and died of ovarian cancer, so it's no wonder that she wanted to take the brave steps to protect herself.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Angelina revealed the pressures that her health scares had put on her relationship.

She said: "My life has been... I've had many, many extraordinary very fortunate things happen and it's also been many things over the years that had been challenging. So that wasn't a particular time when I wrote it... I had my mastectomy right before I had Unbroken.

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"Over the span of that decade, I did lose my mother, I did have my mastectomy, and I did then have an ovarian cancer scare and had that surgery as well, and other things of course that happened in life that you go through.

"We had met working together and we worked together well... I wanted us to do some serious work together... I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate.

"In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on and it wasn't because of the film.

"A piece of art can be something that's healing or something that's difficult. I don't know.

"I'm glad we did that film because we did explore something together. Whatever it was maybe it didn't solve certain things, but we did communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other."

How sad. However, Angelina continues to be an inspiration to women all over the world, by raising awareness and encouraging us to take good care of our health.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on

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