Jane Fonda has said she has ‘had a lot of cancer’ and her battle is a ‘ongoing process’.
The Hollywood icon, 81, candidly spoke about her diagnosis, why she is eternally done with dating and her racy past in an interview with British Vogue.
Jane cut a glamorous figure in a plunging white dress as she appeared in the striking cover shoot, while discussing what her life is like with skin cancer.
‘I’ve had a lot of cancer’ The Klute star said. ‘I was a sun-worshipper. When I have a day off, I frequently go to my skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.’
Recalling the 2016 Golden Globes, where she was nominated for best supporting actress in Youth, she said: ‘I get out of the car and I have the strange white dress with all the ruffles? That’s because I’d just had a mastectomy and I had to cover my bandages.’
The two-time Academy Award winner, who underwent a lumpectomy for breast cancer in 2010, added her battle is a ‘ongoing process’.
Jane has been open about the health implications of getting older, admitting her ‘whole body hurts’ because of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break.
‘The fact that I hurt a lot – my body hurts – is a surprise to me, and it’s not because of all that working out,’ she said.
‘It’s genetic. My father Henry had it, my brother Peter had it. Your cartilage disappears and then it’s bone on bone, and then “ow”. But we live in a time where you can just get a new one.’
Jane, who is about to have her second knee done, also made a very racy revelation about her love life when she got her first replacement knee a few years ago.
‘I was just starting a new relationship and I had to be able to kneel,’ she cheekily revealed.
The three-times married Barbarella star also told the publication how she has sworn off relationships for life because she ‘gives up herself’.
Jane was previously married to CNN founder Ted Turner for 10 years, until 2001.
The Grace And Frankie star also wed politician Tom Hayden in 1973, one year after divorcing film director Roger Vadim who cast her in the sci fi film Barbarella.
Her children are Vanessa Vadim (from her first marriage), Troy Garity (with her second husband) and Mary Luana Williams (who was unofficially adopted).
‘I cannot be in a relationship with a man’, Jane said. ‘I had several serious relationships after Ted, but I can’t…’
‘That is my failing. I realise I can never overcome it. That when I’m with a man, I give up myself.’
And at the age of 81, Jane feels like she has become the best version of herself after spending up to her seventies living life like a ‘double image’.
‘I had a gender prejudice, my mother killed herself, so I saw women as kind of being on the losing side,’ she confessed.
‘I was so conditioned to identify with men in every possible way.
‘When I was married to Roger Vadim, one day one of his friends said, “God, Jane, you’re just like us” – and I took it as a compliment.
‘For the bulk of my life, I would say up until my seventies, I spent my life like a double image, like a double exposure. As an adolescent, in order to fit in, I made sure no one – especially boys or men – could see who I really was; that I could get really angry, that I could not be pretty, that I could be tough
‘I went through life not whole. And when I left Ted, I could feel myself moving back into myself. That is the main thing about the third act as I’m living it. I am no longer a double image.
‘I am both things now together.’