Brad Pitt's 'Pretend' Marriage Jab Is a Low Blow

Brad PittBrad PittBrad Pitt is currently hitting the media circuit at full force as he promotes his newest movie, Moneyball, and I don't know about you, but I think he may have done one interview too many. For a guy who's known for keeping his private business under wraps, he was oddly chatty with Parade magazine recently, making a rare decision to open up about his relationship with Angelina Jolie and life with their kids.

That's not the part of the interview that had me raising an eyebrow, though. Instead, it was his surprising claim that he was "pretending" during his marriage to Jennifer Aniston.

Dang, Brad. You may be hot as hell, but I've got to file that one under Shameful Ex-Husband Douchebaggery.


He mentioned his marriage to Aniston in a discussion about how the celebrity lifestyle had affected him back then:

I spent the ‘90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic. 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. I think that my marriage [to actress Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.

I guess I don't know exactly what he's saying here—maybe he's speaking more to the A-lister glow their marriage had at the time, and the subsequent nonstop attention it received (although that can't be much different than what he experiences with Jolie these days)—but it seems like kind of a crappy thing to say. However he meant it, it sounds like he's saying he was pretending that he was in love with her when he wasn't. Whether or not that's true, it's probably an unpleasant thing to read in the Sunday paper if your name is Jennifer Aniston.

Some of his other quotes from the article are a little cringe-y when you consider Aniston, too:

One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom.

(Because Aniston wouldn't have been a good mom?)

I’m satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much. 

(Because his original marriage choice wasn't true?)

A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss .... That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.

(Because the loss of his original marriage was NBD?)

Okay, I know what you're about to say—everyone just needs to let the Brad Pitt/Jennifer Aniston thing DIE already. They've clearly moved on, so who cares what Pitt says now, right? Still, I can't help feeling a little bad for Jen, because the endless attention she gets for being Queen of the Lonely-Hearts must be hard enough to deal with without having potentially uncomfortable comments from her ex shared with the whole world.
Of course, Angelina Jolie is no stranger to tabloid fascination herself, and to that end, Pitt put a few lingering rumors to rest:

We’ll get married when everyone can. We’re not splitting up. And we don’t have a seventh child yet.

There you have it, folks. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are doing just fine, unlike that unhappy sham of a marriage he suffered through from 2000-2005. Also, that sensitivity chip Aniston mentioned back in the day? Definitely seems to be missing.

Do you think Pitt's comments about his marriage to Jennifer Aniston were unkind?

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