Brad Pitt Praises Jennifer Aniston, Clarifies "Pretend Marriage" Comments

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In a new interview with Parade, Brad Pitt briefly discusses his failed marriage to Jennifer Aniston, with one quote in particular raising eyebrows.

Saying he tried to use movies to fill a void in his personal existence, Pitt says "It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself."

Ouch. And it gets worse:

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"I think that my marriage had something to do with it," he says, noting that he was "trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

He adds that nowadays, "I'm satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much."

If that sounded harsh to you, get in line. Brad's also in that line, contacting E! News through his rep to explain that he didn't mean it like that.

"It grieves me that this was interpreted this way," he says, "Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend."

"It is an important relationship I value greatly. The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself."

"That, only I am responsible for."

Pitt is one of the most private and least malicious guys around, one we can't see taking a cheap shot like that, so we're inclined to believe him.

Think Jen agrees? Do you?



come on, jen isn't a bad person. neither is brad. they're like any other couple... sometimes it doesnt work out, sometimes the two each go their own way and find someone else. of course, they're each gonna be a bit jealous.... but who cares. they're people. and if they say comments like pretending to be something they werent, then they're just being honest. and i gotta say, brad didnt really "trash" jen... pretending to be something it wasnt is a pretty polite way of putting it if you ask me.


I know I am seriously late, but to address a comment that said that Brad dated Ang AFTER the divorce is actually false. They both admitted that they hooked up on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith which was BEFORE the divorce/separation, or whatever, so Brad actually cheated and then left Jen for Ang, which is why they didn't go public with their romance initially despite being seen together constantly. End of story.


Brad's comments about "Pretending the marriage was something it was not" are very telling. Brad always called the marriage "a Merger." He said "there was an opening in Hollywood for a couple" words to that effect and they were it. He never liked the "golden couple" moniker. He felt his life was a FRAUD and he needed to face his feelings about his past and release his feelings about his past so he could move on.
This interview must have been very cathartic for Brad. But the Tabs saw it as a way to make it another Aniston/Angie feud when Angelina had nothing to do with it.
Brad is right to speak out. Jennifer does it all the time and so annoyingly - seven years and counting now, and no one condemns her. Allow Brad the same courtesy.


brad pit private? i know lots about him! anyhoo, he's totally angies bitch and thats the way it should be! at least, until they have more kids and she finds an even wimpier man.


Brad has no respect for Jen as much as he doesn't have respect for himself. Look at his eyes, his face.... Is he happy??? Jen is beautiful and I really do admire her strength as a woman.


I have a question Brad, why did you marry Jen in the first place? You're not supposed to hurt her about what you've said. Is she really boring? Are you sure about that? Is that the reason why you left her? Or is it because you were attracted to AJ? If you're happy with AJ, why not encourage her to marry you? What's the heaviest reason why you can't marry her or why she can't marry you? Is it because of Jen? C'mmon! Jen has finally moved on with her life. Brangelina it's time for you to move on too. If you love each other, why not marry? Show it to the world that both of you really do care about each other and you want to stick together for the rest of your lives.


You do get "pretend marriages" in life; because marriage is an instrument that has been abused. However, in my opinion, Brad Pitt married Jennifer Aniston for all the right reasons; and what a great couple they were. The fact that he is happy now with the beautiful and the superb Angelina Jolie should tell a lot people he supports the institution of marriage in a big way. What a lucky man Brad Pitt is in having two beautiful wives in his life; although I remain the old fashioned one marriage supporter. Best wishes to all three of you, DINESH R MAKWANA (DREAMWORDS AND INORBITS)


Everything these celebs do or comment about is fantasized in the media. It takes two to make a marriage, and two (usually) to mess it up. The lifestyles of the famous make it almost impossible to keep a marriage or family going, especially for the immature. When we grow up a bit, we begin (usually) to value these things and fight for them. Don't put either of these people on a pedistal, they're human like the rest of us.


Y'know, that couple seems to bash Jen a lot, and all she's really said was that it's "really uncool". Her husband was stolen away, there've been wild accusations about her, and she's remained graceful the whole way through. And Brad and Angelina seem to need to make magazine covers by saying things that hurt Jen. Why? It's petty, and it's childish, and they BOTH need to move on. Kudos to Jen for being happy. And if Brad's so happy, why reflect on when he wasn't?


am reading all the hate on Jen ....and its really sad how people think about this womaan ....first of all i bbelieve marriage is for better r worse and tell death do us part ....not oh am bored so am out....thats just wrong !!!!!!!!! weather he is a movie star r just a guy out there ...he is so wrong about how he handled this sitution with Jen ....I think with 6 kids he should try and be a better person and not talk down on other people because we never know what the other person has gone through in life .....he should just leave things be and go on with his life and enjoy his family because i would rather read stuff about that then have him trush other human beings ......

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