updated 05/14/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/14/2013 AT 3:30 PM ET
“We’re so very proud of Angie, this means so much to our family especially our grandchildren. We love her dearly,” Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, says in a statement.
Jolie’s brother, James Haven, also spoke out about her decision to undergo the procedure.
“My sister like our mother always put her children first,” he says in a statement. “I am so grateful to be her brother.”
In a New York Times op-ed piece, Jolie describes her difficult choice to have surgery after genetic tests showed her to have a high risk of developing the disease. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at 56 in 2007.