Angelina Jolie Blasted by Brad Pitt's Former Friend
Singer and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge has reignited her feud with Angelina Jolie, saying she objects to people calling the actress ‘brave’ for opting for a preventive double mastectomy last year, claiming it was actually “fearful” to cut healthy tissue out. But insiders are speculating that the real reason Melissa, who sang at Jennifer Aniston’s wedding to Brad Pitt, is taking aim at Ange is out of loyalty to Jen. Melissa’s made no secret of the fact she isn’t a fan of Ange, admitting she hasn’t spoken to Brad since he left Jen for the actress 10 years ago.
Dame Ange isn’t Brave!
It should have been a week of celebration for Angelina after the Queen of England made her an honorary dame, but the beautiful brunette has found herself under attack. Melissa first took a swipe at Ange last year, when the Maleficent actress went public with her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy in an article for The New York Times. Jolie claimed the decision was a proactive choice made after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene, which increases the likelihood of developing breast cancer, and was influenced by watching her own mother battle ovarian cancer for years. But Melissa, who underwent chemotherapy and a lumpectomy, took exception to Angelina framing the move – which prompted thousands of women carrying the breast cancer gene to follow suit – as “brave”. In an interview at the time, Melissa stated: “I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer.”
Melissa is Team Aniston
Melissa appeared on US TV show Watch What Happens Live last week to reiterate her stance. “I just felt that calling it ‘brave’ was not something I would do. To cut healthy tissue off is fearful because you’re fearful of getting something. Brave, to me, would be different, and that’s all.” Melissa’s comments come after she blamed Ange for causing a rift between herself and former pal Brad, claiming: “I haven’t spoken to him since he married Angelina, but we were very close before that. I have reached out.” In her recent TV appearance, the 53-year-old Grammy winner fanned the flames by confirming she was estranged from him, admitting: “I haven’t spoken to Brad Pitt in 10 years. I’ve never ever spoken to Angelina.” The comments have been taken by some as an indication that Melissa is vehemently on Team Aniston and could even be lashing out with Jen’s blessing. In a last-ditch attempt to dilute her comments, she added: “People can do whatever they want. It’s their body, their health.”
When asked about Melissa’s comments last year, Brad seemed perplexed at the dig, telling Extratv.com: “Oh, I didn’t know. I haven’t seen her. Melissa is an old friend of mine, so I’ll have to give her a call.” But now Melissa has intensified her assault on Angelina, it seems unlikely Brad will be picking up the phone any time soon.