Pregnant actress ANGELINA JOLIE has asked the media to leave her alone while she waits to give birth to twins.
The Tomb Raider star is currently at a maternity clinic in Nice, France, and is due to go into labor within days.
Following intense press speculation and a high paparazzi presence outside the hospital, her obstetrician called a press conference on Wednesday (02Jul08) to urge the media to back off.
He also dismissed gossip the actress had already given birth, or was in labor – although he did admit Jolie’s longterm partner Brad Pitt is keeping the star company.
Dr. Michel Sussmann said, “She will give birth in the next two weeks. I can’t really say more than that.
“It really isn’t an emergency. She was booked in well in advance. We are not talking about premature birth.
“We have reserved four rooms for her and her husband (sic) and also for her protection teams.
“We believe the security concerns they have raised are legitimate. She is a pregnant woman.
“She is perfectly entitled to protect her privacy. We should let her breathe.
“She will stay in the hospital as long as it takes for her to give birth to her babies and have sufficient rest and then she will be allowed to go home.
“This clinic was probably chosen because it has a particularly high standard where paediatrics are concerned, and a high level of comfort, which you don’t always find.
“Angelina Jolie is very much a patient like any other. I have very high respect for both her and her husband.”