By PATRICIA TOWLE
A heartbreaking family secret has marred the happiness of Brad and Angelina. As the Tomb Raider beauty should have been enjoying the lead-up to becoming Mrs. Pitt, she has been tormented by her mother’s battle with cancer, say insiders.
Mom Marcheline Bertrand has been hospitalized with the disease — and Angelina flew to hold a bedside vigil for her, says a family friend.
“Angelina is worried sick about her mom,” said the friend. “Everything else in Angie’s life is perfect. She’s excited about being married and raising a family with Brad. But her mom’s cancer hangs like a dark cloud over everything.”
The National Enquirer can reveal Marcheline has privately been battling cancer for years. But the friend says the 55-year-old former actress’s health recently took a turn for the worse and she underwent an operation at a Los Angeles hospital.
An insider there said the latest procedure is the second time in two years Marcheline — who was married to Angelina’s estranged dad actor Jon Voight from 1971 to 1978 — has had to undergo surgery for cancer.
Pick up this week’s issue of The National Enquirer to read more.