Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a double mastectomy and then remove her ovaries was made with the full support of her husband, she said in a rare joint interview with Brad Pitt.
"I knew through the surgeries that he was on my side and that this wasn't something where I was going to feel less of a woman, because my husband wasn't going to let that happen," Jolie tells Tom Brokaw for The TODAY Show.
The Oscar winner had the first surgery in 2013 and the second in 2015, following both her mother and aunt's deaths from breast cancer.
Pitt said that Jolie ultimately made the choice to have the surgery on her own, but that it was done out of consideration for their six children.
"Support," is what he described giving to his wife, with whom he tied the knot in 2014 at their French chateau.
"Whatever's got to be done to keep the family together, and keep the family together as long as possible is going to be done," he continued. "This was her charge, no question. It's a scary decision. There's many things that can go wrong and go many different directions."
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Jolie added, "You have to just make the choices you make in life. I made the choices I made because I believed they were right for me."
Jolie is directing and appearing in the film By the Sea with Pitt, their first joint project since meeting and falling in love during the filming of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. But unlike the film, Jolie said that the fractured marriage on the screen does not reflect her union with Pitt.
"I'm counting on the audience to know that if it was close to us at all, we could never make this film. It's because we're actually very, very stable and these aren't our issues."
The full interview airs on The TODAY Show on November 2.