Angelina Jolie’s Surgeon: ‘She Calculated the Moment’ to Tell the World of Her Double Mastectomy

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Some three months after Angelina Jolie announced she had a preventative double mastectomy, her surgeon is speaking out about the star’s epic journey.

When someone who is arguably the most beautiful woman in the world removes the part of her body that is symbolic of femininity and sexuality, you have to say, ‘Why would she do that?’” Dr. Kristi Funk says in the September 2013 issue of Los Angeles magazine. [via PEOPLE]

Funk, who is one of the breast cancer surgeons at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, adds that her famous client waited for the right moment to share her story with the world.

“She is so intensely private, but she calculated the moment when she would be ready to reveal something so personal,” according to Funk.

In an op-ed piece published in The New York Times on May 14, Jolie, 38, stunned readers and fans by announcing that she had surgery after doctors revealed she was at a high risk of developing breast cancer.

I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have an mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” she wrote. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”

The September issue of Los Angeles magazine will be on newsstands on Aug. 20.