UPDATE 11:35 A.M. PST: Celebuzz obtained a statement from Melissa Etheridge clarifying her comments: “I don’t have any opinion of what she ‘should have’ done. All are free to choose. I only objected to the term ‘brave’ describing it.”
The 52-year-old, who is a breast cancer survivor herself, was asked by the Washington Blade to share her thoughts on Jolie’s preventative procedure, which was performed in February after doctors discovered that Jolie carried a faulty gene that put her at high risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Here’s what she said:
I have to say I feel a little differently. I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer. My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not. Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything but it never comes to cancer so I would say to anybody faced with that, that choice is way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do and to really consider the advancements we’ve made in things like nutrition and stress levels. I’ve been cancer free for nine years now and looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer. There was so much acidity in everything. I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further before coming to that conclusion.
Here’s what he said:
Oh, I didn’t know, I haven’t seen her… Melissa is an old friend of mine, so I’ll have to give her a call.