After announcing that she's undergone a double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie is getting some much-needed support from her man, Brad Pitt.
In a new interview with London’s Evening Standard, the Fight Club star, 49, praises his leading lady, 37.
“Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus.”
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He added, “All I want is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.”
Earlier today, the Oscar-winning actress wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times, where she revealed she underwent the preventative procedure in order to reduce her risk for cancer.
After finding out she carried a faulty gene, BRCA1 — which increases her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers — Angelina decided to go through with the surgery. She credited her future husband, with whom she has Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 6, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 4, for sticking by her side.
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In the NYT article, Angie wrote: “Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center [in California], where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has."
Her children and mother Marcheline Bertrand's tragic passing in 2007 — she battled ovarian cancer for nearly a decade — urged the actress to take the necessary means to reduce her chances of getting cancer. The process began on Feb. 2 and took three months of medical procedures to complete — including a “nipple delay,” which increases the chance of saving the nipple, and reconstructive surgery after removing both of her breasts.
"I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” she said, adding, "They know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."