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Why Angelina Jolie, 40, Loves Being In Menopause

"I don’t want to be young again."

In March, Angelina Jolie wrote about her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent breast cancer. This week, in an interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph to promote her new film with husband Brad Pitt, "By the Sea," the actor-director talked about her life after the procedure that forced her into menopause -- a change the 40-year-old would have otherwise not felt for several more years.

"I actually love being in menopause," she told the Telegraph. "I haven’t had a terrible reaction to it, so I’m very fortunate. I feel older, and I feel settled being older."

"I feel happy that I’ve grown up. I don’t want to be young again," she added, surely echoing the sentiments of many grown adult women. 

Jolie's preventative breast cancer measures have been well-publicized. After a blood test revealed she had an 87 percent chance of developing the disease, she opted for a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery in 2013. This year, following the abnormal results of another blood test, she chose additional surgery. Several of Jolie's family members -- including her mother -- died of cancer. 

Shortly following her second major surgery, Jolie wrote that she felt "at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life." 

 

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