Only moments after
"I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!" wrote Sheryl Crow, a
In the emotional essay in the
Had Jolie wanted to keep the surgery private, she probably could have: The actress has no promotional obligations until next year. She won't be seen again on the big screen until July 2014, when "Maleficent" hits theaters (she plays the sinister title role). She is also set to reprise the animated character Tigress in "
Jolie's significant other,
For his part, the actor called Jolie's choice "absolutely heroic. "All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children," he said in a statement. "This is a happy day for our family."
Other reactions to Jolie's news follow below.