Though it sounded an awful lot like Brad Pitt slammed his marriage to Jennifer Aniston in a recent interview, the actor now says that his words were taken out of context by the media.
In an interview with Parade, Pitt talked about life before Angelina Jolie, meaning that his 5-year marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston was inevitably going to come up. While with Jen, it seems, Pitt was in a dark place, unsure of himself and of his future, and he seemed to blame his marriage for his emotional state.
“I think my marriage [to Aniston] had something to do with it: trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”
Naturally, the gossip media made hay with this little blurb. Though all parties are forgiven and moved on now, Aniston is still seen as the “wronged woman” in the fallout of her marriage to Pitt.
At the time, numerous reports suggested that he was cheating on her with Jolie, and though none of that had been verified, Pitt and Aniston did ultimately dissolve their marriage.
So, Pitt slams Aniston marriage? Not such a great attitude.
That’s probably why his representatives shot a statement from the actor to E! Online, suggesting that the New York Post had taken his words out of context.
“It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend. It is an important relationship I value greatly,” Pitt back-tracked, according to The Examiner.
He added, “The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself — and that, I am responsible for.”
The Postamended to include Pitt’s statement.
Pitt also gushed about how satisfied and fulfilled he feels now with Jolie, and how much he loves her and the family they have built, but that’s the boring stuff!
What do you think? Did Brad Pitt’s statement amend that apparent dig on his marriage to Jennifer Aniston?
UPDATE: Seems we got our wires crossed, kids. Brad Pitt did recently grant an interview to Esquire, in which he said the following:
“For a long time I thought I did too much damage-drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired … I spent years f-ing off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany.”
… which has been interpreted by many media publications as a dig on his marriage to Jennifer Aniston (though that’s a bit of a stretch, in my humble opinion).
The quote printed above, as well as Pitt’s apology, actually stemmed from a 2011 interview with Parade. It’s a trending story today, and we’re not the only publication who has made the mistake of re-printing old information (though it looks like we’re the only one to acknowledge it thus far). It happens!
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