Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
The morning after Angelina Jolie
published an op-ed in The New York Times
that revealed her decision to have a double mastectomy
, the man in her life is showing his support.
"Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic," Brad Pitt
said in a statement. "I thank our medical team for their care and focus."
"All I want is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children," Pitt continued. "This is a happy day for our family."
In her op-ed piece, Jolie described her difficult choice to have surgery because genetic tests showed her to have a high risk of developing the disease. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at 56
She also expressed how much she leaned on Pitt, 49, whom the 37-year-old actress described as "loving and supportive," and there for her "for every minute of the surgeries."