Published May 15, 2013
| ET Online
Less than 24 hours have passed since Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy revelation, but the Oscar winner and her family have been in the midst of recovery for months.
In an interview with USA Today Tuesday, Jolie's partner Brad Pitt opened up about the experience which he called "emotional" and "inspiring."
"She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don't think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results," Pitt told the publication. "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."
In fact, the 37-year-old actress was such a trooper, she upheld commitments in London and the Congo mere weeks after her double mastectomy was performed.
"[She traveled] during Stage 2," said Pitt. "Literally it was just weeks after she'd had truly major surgery."
As for how the experience affected their six children, Pitt explained that he and Jolie devised a way to make their mother's recovery seem less scary.
"We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun," he told USA Today. "You make an adventure out of it."
Jolie made the announcement Monday in an op-ed piece for The New York Times. In the article, Jolie explained that she carries a gene that gives an estimated 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer.