Melissa Etheridge wants to set the record straight on controversial comments she made regarding Angelina Jolie's preventive mastectomy. Asked about Jolie's recent New York Times op-ed, in which she revealed the procedure, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter said she thought that removing both breasts as a precaution was "the most fearful choice you [could] make when confronting anything with cancer." But it's not the Maleficent star's decision to have the surgery she objects to, Etheridge tells Us Weekly -- it's the way that decision was glorified after the fact.

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"I don't have any opinion on what she 'should have' done," Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor herself, tells Us. "All are free to choose. I only objected to the term 'brave' in describing it."

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"Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything but it never comes to cancer," the 52-year-old rocker previously argued in her interview with The Washington Blade, noting that a mastectomy is "way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do" to lessen your risk. "I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further before coming to that conclusion."

Jolie, for her part, has not commented on Etheridge's remarks. But her fiance, Brad Pitt, addressed them at the World War Z premiere in New York City on June 17.

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"Melissa's an old friend of mine," he told Us Weekly of the rocker, who performed at his 2000 wedding to Jennifer Aniston. "I'm sure we'll talk on the phone. I don't know what it is."

"I think it's an individual decision, and I found it empowering instead of scary," he added. "We experienced the exact opposite [of fear]."

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