Brad Pitt called Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy “heroic.” The comments from Pitt come the morning after Jolie published an op-ed in The New York Times, revealing the surgery.
The actress decided to have a double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that gives her a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Jolie alost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to ovarian cancer in 2007.
Brad Pitt, Jolie’s fiance, was quick to show his support for his partner’s choice, saying on Tuesday:
“Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus.”
Pitt added, “All I want for her is to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.”
In revealing her double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie explained her decision for the procedure, saying:
“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.”
Along with calling his life partner heroic, Brad Pitt was also there for Angelina Jolie every minute of the surgeries. And the actress had several. The first happened on February 2, when she underwent the “nipple delay” technique, aimed at increasing the chance of saving Jolie’s nipples.
Two weeks later, she underwent the major surgery, which was eight hours long. The procedure removed her breast tissue. Nine weeks later, she had reconstructive surgery. Jolie wrote of her relief after the double mastectomy was over, saying, “I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
Do you agree with Brad Pitt? Is Angelina Jolie heroic for undergoing a preventative double mastectomy?