Monday evening, Angelina Jolie, 37, came forward in an op-ed piece in the New York Times about having a gene that increases her chances of developing breast cancer by 87 percent, and her choice to have a double mastectomy. Tuesday morning, her fiancé Brad Pitt gave her a very public round of applause.
"Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic," he told the London Evening Standard. "I thank our medical team for their care and focus."
Furthermore, the 49-year-old actor feels the decision is a positive one, especially given the impetus for it, which Jolie explained as so her six children "don't need to fear they will lose me."
"All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children," Pitt said. "This is a happy day for our family."
Thankfully, unlike Jolie, whose mother died of ovarian cancer at age 56, Pitt hasn't spoken out about any instances of cancer on his side of the family. However, he has been active in cancer-related charities.
The star, his lady, and his brother, Doug Pitt, donated $1 million to fund the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center at St. John's Hospital in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri.
Most recently, he pledged to support male cancer awareness by donating one of his own Gucci bow ties, which he autographed, to be auctioned as part of the 2012 "Loosen Up" campaign for Cahonas Scotland.
Check out this slideshow to see how celebs reacted to Angelina's brave decision to have a double mastectomy:
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