Brad Pitt calls Angelina Jolie 'absolutely heroic'

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attending the premiere of her movie 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' in Bosnia.
Angelina Jolie underwent the procedure after discovering she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene. Credit: Poturovic Midhat/ABACA/Press Association Images

Brad Pitt described his partner Angelina Jolie as "absolutely heroic" after the actress revealed she underwent a preventative double mastectomy.

Jolie said she decided to have the procedure after doctors calculated she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer as a carrier of the BRCA1 gene.

Pitt told the Evening Standard: “Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus.

"All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family”.

ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie reports:

Jolie has also been praised by many for helping raise awareness of breast cancer.

Singers Kylie Minogue and Sheryl Crowe, who have both been treated for breast cancer, and E! News presenter Giuliana Rancic, who underwent a double mastectomy last year, all tweeted their support for the star:

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#angelinajolie thank you for sharing your story and helping women around the world #inspirational ????

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I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!

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Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy. Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women: http://t.co/hxs1t2NAFT

Dr. Kristi Funk, founder and medical director of the Pink Lotus Breast Center where Jolie underwent the procedure, said it "applauds Angelina Jolie's bold choices regarding her BRCA mutation".

"We hope that the awareness she is raising around the world will save countless lives", Dr Funk added.