Brad Pitt has shared his reaction, his pride and the effect on his family of Angelina Jolie’s decision to go public following her preventative double mastecomy.

Hours after Jolie revealed in a New York Times article that she has undergone the surgery and reconstruction following the news that she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, Pitt spoke to USA Today.

The World War Z actor said: "I'm quite emotional about it, of course.

"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 pride about how Jolie kept commitments in the past two months visiting the Congo, as well as London for the G-8 Foreign Ministers Conference and New York to honour Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai.

He said: "This was during Stage 2 (when the double mastectomy was performed).

"Literally it was just weeks after she'd had truly major surgery."

At home, he revealed that 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. You make an adventure out of it."

He added that the experience was "an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months. And I'll tell you, it's such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a spectre 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."

The couple have six children together and Jolie will appear on the the front cover of Time Magazine on May 27, 2013 which will analyse her decision and genetic testing in general.

Watch Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt interviewed at the Golden Globes 2013 below.

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