Updated: May 15, 2013 6:17AM
For Brad Pitt, Tuesday was all about his family’s future.
Hours before an interview Tuesday afternoon with USA Today, his partner, Angelina Jolie, had revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstruction after learning she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which doctors estimated gave her an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer.
How is Pitt feeling?
“I’m quite emotional about it, of course,” he said. “She could have stayed absolutely private about it, and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger.”
Pitt spoke with proud wonderment of how Jolie kept commitments in the past two months, visiting the Congo, London for the G-8 Summit and New York to honor Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai.
“This was during Stage 2,” when the double mastectomy was performed, he said. “Literally, it was just weeks after she’d had truly major surgery.”
Back at home, he and their six children devised a way to make recovery fun. “We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun,” he said. “You make an adventure out of it.”
Pitt called the experience “an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months.”
“And I’ll tell you,” he said, “it’s such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a specter 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.”