It was the surprise announcement that shocked the world.
One day after Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times Op-Ed that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her chances of breast cancer, her fiancé Brad Pitt is discussing the impact it’s had on their family.
"I'm quite emotional about it, course," Brad said in a new interview with USA Today. "She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don't think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn't have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger."
Angelina Jolie's Shocking Confession: I Had a Double Mastectomy For My Kids
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.
The Maleficient actress claims her longtime love was nothing but supportive during her three-month ordeal— but he wasn’t the only one who was looking out for her best interest. The Jolie-Pitt kids were there for their mother every step of the way.
Brad Pitt Calls Angelina Jolie's Preventative Double Mastectomy "Heroic"
"We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun," Brad said of their children Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 6, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 4. "You make an adventure out of it."
And the World War Z star—who spoke out yesterday about Angelina’s decision, calling it “heroic”— was in awe of his partner for still sticking to her humanitarian commitments in Congo and New York City in the midst of her surgeries.
"This was during Stage 2 (when the double mastectomy was performed)," Brad revealed. "Literally it was just weeks after she'd had truly major surgery."
Brad Pitt's Mom "So Very Proud" of Angelina Jolie For Having Double Mastectomy
At the end of the day, the couple are both happy with Angie’s decision— and the fact that they can now tell their kids that their mom won’t die of breast cancer.
"It's been an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months," Brad confessed. "It's such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a spectre hanging over our heads. To know that that's not going to be something that's going to affect us. My most proudest thing is our family. This isn't going to get that."