But that doesn't mean she agrees with Brad Pitt's take on it.
"I wouldn't call [Jolie's double mastectomy] the brave choice. I actually think it's the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer," Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor herself, told the paper.
Now after those eyebrow-raising remarks caught the attention of Pitt, the Grammy winner is clarifying what she meant in a statement to E! News released through her rep.
"I don't have any opinion of what she 'should have' done," Etheridge said. "All are free to choose. I only objected to the term 'brave' describing it."
For his part, Brad appeared to have mixed feelings about Melissa's objection.
When asked by Us Weekly at Monday's World War Z premiere in New York City how he felt about hearing Etheridge's view, the actor said he didn't know and only heard about the comments before hitting the red carpet.
"Melissa's an old friend of mine," Pitt told the magazine of his pal, 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."
In the days after Jolie went public with the news of her surgery in a New York Times op-ed, the 50-year-old actor expressed unqualified support for her decision, telling London's Evening Standard, "I find Angie's choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic."