The actor, 47, tells the New York Daily News that though he spent time with her at a birthday party for her brother, James Haven, on Sunday, he learned of her surgery the same way the rest of the world did— the internet.
“It wasn’t obvious at all. I found out [Tuesday] morning,” he reveals. “I was as surprised as anyone and deeply moved by the way she’s handled this.”
So was he upset that she didn’t tell him beforehand? Not at all. “I completely understand,” he said. “I want the focus to be on the inspiration.”
Angie, 37, and her dad famously feuded for seven years, before reconciling in 2010.
On Monday night, the Oscar winning-actress revealed she underwent the surgery to lower her risk of getting cancer — her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away from ovarian cancer in 2007. The mom of six revealed that after she found out she carried a faulty gene, BRCA1 — which increases her chances of getting cancer — she decided to go through with it.
And John isn’t the only family member to speak out about Angie’s courageous decision to share her touching story. Her brother James touched upon the subject, praising her, “My sister, like our mother, always put her children first. I am so grateful to be her brother.
Fiancé Brad Pitt’s mother also issued a statement, “We’re so very proud of Angie, this means so much to our family especially our grandchildren. We love her dearly.”
And Brad himself has also been vocal about the situation, calling his partner “heroic.”
"It's been an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months," he 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."