BRAD CALLS ANGELINA HEROIC
Brad Pitt is opening up about fiancée Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy after finding out she carried the BRCA-1 cancer gene. "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic," Pitt said in a statement to London's Evening Standard. "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." Angelina revealed her decision to undergo surgery in an op-ed piece for the New York Times. She said the three-month process began February 2nd and was completed April 27th, and included reconstructive surgery of both breasts. Although she was able to keep her procedure private, Angie eventually decided it was important to go public with her decision. “I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience," she wrote. "Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action." Now that she’s undergone the surgery, her chances of developing breast cancer have dropped to less than five percent. "I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer," she wrote. "It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was.”
STARS REACT TO JOLIE’S ANNOUNCEMENT
Needless to say, Hollywood was shocked by Angelina Jolie’s revelation that she had undergone a double mastectomy, and several stars, some who survived breast cancer, immediately offered their support on Twitter. “I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!” Sheryl Crow, who suffered from breast cancer, tweeted. Fellow survivor Giuliana Rancic also chimed in, tweeting, “Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women.” Other reactions included: Elizabeth Banks – “Much respect & for sharing in classy way;” Nia Vardalos – “A moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie‘s candor and all women’s bravery in facing this choice;” and Mindy Kaling, who called the article, “a must-read for women!”
NO MORE ACTOR BOYFRIENDS FOR SALDANA
Zoe Saldana has sworn off dating fellow actors. “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt,” Bradley Cooper’s ex tells Allure. In fact, it sounds like Zoe may be done with men all together. “(I might) end up with a woman raising my children,” she says. “That’s how androgynous I am.” Regardless of who she ends up with, the Star Trek star insists she’s a very loyal person. “If I have something good in front of me, it doesn’t matter if it’s a person or a pair of shoes, I’m not going to test something else,” she says. “It’s insecure and it’s immature.”
ABC MAKES SOME FALL CHANGES
ABC announced their fall schedule yesterday and they are making some interesting changes. First, Dancing with the Stars will now be one night, airing Mondays only, with no results show, (the network didn’t go into detail on how exactly that’s going to work). That gives ABC a new opportunity on Tuesdays, which will feature a schedule of all-new shows, including the much-anticipated action series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will go head-to-head with CBS’s powerhouse NCIS. On Wednesdays, Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night will get the coveted post-Modern Family timeslot, with Suburgatory not on the schedule as of yet. In addition, the network announced that some of their serialized dramas, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon A Time, and possibly Revenge, will air in two parts, each getting 12-episode uninterrupted runs in the fall and spring. Click here for the complete schedule and descriptions of new shows.
KIM SAYS PAPARAZZI ALMOST CAUSED CAR ACCIDENT
Kim Kardashian doesn’t have a problem with baby daddy Kanye West’s recent tirade [NOTE CONTENT] against paparazzi. The rapper went off on photographers after he was snapped walking into a pole in Hollywood over the weekend. But TMZ reports that Kim is telling friends she’s had it with photographers who have gotten more aggressive since she announced her pregnancy. In fact, she says she almost got into a car accident trying to get away from one who was following her.
DOUGLAS’ CANCER WENT UNDIAGNOSED FOR NINE MONTHS
In a new interview with New York Magazine, Michael Douglas reveals it took doctors nine months to diagnose his throat cancer. “I knew something was wrong,” he said. “My tooth was really sore, and I thought I had an infection.” After going to two specialists who simply prescribed antibiotics, a friend’s doctor in Montreal looked at his throat and immediately said, “we need a biopsy.’” “Two days later, after the biopsy, the doctor called and said I had to come in,” said Douglas. “He told me it was stage-four cancer. I said, ‘Stage four. Jesus.’ And that was that. After complaining for nine months and them not finding anything, and then they told me I was stage four? That was a big day.” Douglas says he felt cancer was payback for his successful career. “That’s life,” he said. “Things had been going good for me for a long time. I was ready for some karmic retribution.”
BILL HADER SAYING GOODBYE TO SNL
Bill Hader has announced he is leaving Saturday Night Live. "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," Hader, known for his impersonations of James Carville and Al Pacino, as well as hot spot connoisseur Stefon, tells the New York Times. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go.'" Saturday’s season finale, with host Ben Affleck, will be Hader’s last episode.
BEYONCE CANCELS CONCERT
Beyonce isn’t doing much to stop those pregnancy rumors. Yesterday the singer cancelled a concert in Belgium blaming it on dehydration and exhaustion. The cancellation, of course, added to the speculation that she and Jay-Z may be expecting their second child. As for whether any of her other shows will be affected, her rep said Bey is “awaiting word from her doctors before making a decision.”
BROOKE MUELLER DID DRUGS WHILE PREGNANT
Just how bad is Brooke Mueller’s drug addiction? A new report claims Brooke was treated twice for crystal meth addiction while she was pregnant with twins Bob and Max. “She went to rehab twice because she was using drugs,” a source told Radar. “It just shows how far gone Brooke is with her battle of using crystal meth. The fact that she couldn’t stay sober while carrying Bob and Max caused Charlie (Sheen) great anguish.” Brooke is currently enrolled at the Betty Ford Center for what is said to be her twentieth attempt at getting clean.
SMITH DENIES SON WANTS TO GET EMANCIPATED
Reps for Will Smith are denying a report in The Sun that claimed he was okay with his 14-year-old son Jaden getting a home of his own. According to the paper, Will said Jaden asked if he could become an emancipated minor, “because he really wants to have his own place.” While Will allegedly understood there’d be “backlash” he added, “on the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand.” But apparently parents just don’t understand because Will’s publicist told Gossip Cop the story “isn’t real.”
MADISON’S FIANCÉ FACES JAIL TIME
Holly Madison’s fiancé Pasquale Rotella was in a Los Angeles court Monday facing charges of bribery, embezzlement, conspiracy and conflict of interest. The event planner was indicted last year alongside five other men for allegedly using more than $2.5 million from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to bribe city officials. His trial is set to begin July 29th, a little over two weeks before he and Holly’s August 15th wedding. But Rotella is reportedly confident he will be exonerated. His attorney says any accusations of wrongdoing “are completely baseless and flat-out wrong, both on the law and on the facts.” If he’s convicted, he faces up to 14 years and 8 months in prison.
STEWART’S MOM TAKES OUT RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST NEIGHBOR
Kristen Stewart’s mother Jules has taken out a restraining order against a neighbor. In legal documents, Jules claims that last month, her 61-year-old neighbor Sue Bemi trespassed on her property, screaming accusations that Jules’ dogs were actually wolves. She then began regularly harassing the animals, making “howling sounds, growls, chirps and other weird noises.” Yesterday a judge granted Jules a one-year protection order which requires Bemi to stay 100 yards away at all times.
TRUE GRIT STAR BATTLES BULLIES
True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld reveals in Glamour magazine that she was once the target of bullies. “Bullying is something I went through from third to sixth grade when I got pulled out (of school),” she tells the magazine. “I still go through it.” Hailee is a big supporter of the Trevor Project, which seeks to empower gay and lesbian teens and protect them from bullying. Explains the 16-year-old, “If I can be the person who says, ‘trust me when I tell you it will be okay,’ then I will be that person.” Asked what she would say to bullies, Hailee said, “often bullies are taking something (personal) out on others. If they use that energy to make someone smile, we can save so many people in the long run.”