What Did Tabloids Think Angelina Jolie Was Up to During Her Double Mastectomy?

One of the most remarkable things about Angeline Jolie’s awareness-raising New York Times op-ed was that the actress, who is under seemingly constant paparazzi surveillance, was able to keep the months-long medical procedures involved in her preventative double mastectomy private until now. But that doesn’t mean that celebrity weeklies weren’t simultaneously guessing at the comings and goings of the actress, whose photogenic philanthropy, Sexiest Man Alive fiancé, Benetton-ad brood and meme-worthy limbs make her a magazine cover cash cow. Collectively, their headlines describe an alternate reality, in which Jolie’s fashion sense went to seed as she planned a wedding — secret or otherwise — to top that of her nemesis, Jennifer Aniston.

February 11, Daily Mail: “Skipping all the big ones: Angelina Jolie makes her return to the red carpet at the ASC Awards in a dull grey dress.”

“Making her return at a low key red carpet event which was held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Centre, Angelina failed to put on a glamorous offering … With her cleavage concealed, the mother-of-six attempted to add a little excitement to her ensemble by putting her slender legs on show.”

February 14, Us: “Angelina Jolie, Kids Zahara and Pax Resurface in Los Angeles”

“Guess the Jolie-Pitts are coming out of hibernation! Angelina Jolie and fiancé Brad Pitt and their six kids have been unusually scarce over the past several months. But Jolie, 37, made her second L.A. appearance this week — stepping out casually clad with son Pax, 8, and daughter Zahara, 7, on Tuesday.”

February 15, People: “Caught in the Act! Angelina Looks Totally Peaceful in Hollywood”

February 24, Life & Style: “EXCLUSIVE: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Romantic Night Away from the Kids”

“Life & Style has learned that Brad and his fiancée put an A-list spin on a tried-and-true date — dinner and a movie — earlier this month. After the credits rolled, Brad, 49, whisked Angie, 37, to Mr. Chow, where the couple got flirty over a feast of high-end Chinese fare. ‘He pulled out her chair for her,” recalls a fellow diner, “and they held hands at the table.'”

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