I hate to say Brad Pitt can't catch a break, because, well, that's not exactly true. We should probably keep the "so-and-so can't catch a break!" comments for people who get the flu then have their home destroyed by fire then lose their job then get audited. Brad Pitt, in comparison, seems to be doing juuuuuust fine. My point -- I swear I have one -- is that he can't seem to say anything about his life without people deciding he's issuing a not-so-subtle diss against Jennifer Aniston.
Take this recent interview with Esquire, for instance. Basically what Pitt shared is that his life before ten years ago involved doing a lot of drugs and being a slacker, and these days he's totally blissed out with his superawesome family. The media, however, has produced the following headlines from this interview: Brad Pitt: I Was On Drugs During Marriage To Jennifer Aniston, and Brad Pitt Slams Marriage To Jennifer Aniston.
Seriously, what is WITH our national obsession with this ex-couple?
So here's what Pitt said about his past life:
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 followed that other thing. I spent years f**king off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity.
He went on to say that "about a decade ago" -- which everyone's eager to point out is when he was still married to Aniston -- he made a "conscious change" in his life:
It was an epiphany -- a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of, 'Get up.' Because otherwise, what's the point?
The way this is being interpreted is that Brad basically said he was a druggie wasting his life with Jennifer Aniston, and that when Angelina Jolie came along he decided he was done being a giant loser so he hitched himself to her pillowy lips and he's been unbelievably happy and fulfilled ever since.
Fox News went so far as to quote a "human behavior expert" to weigh in on the meaning behind Pitt's words:
The question here is what is Brad Pitt's intention? Is it self-indulgence, introspection, an attempt to help others or an attempt to blame Jennifer Aniston? Again while his honesty and revelation is helpful to the public, it can be really harmful and painful to Jennifer.
Honestly, I think the only harmful or painful effect on Aniston comes from media spin like Fox's. To me, it sounds like Brad Pitt is simply talking about himself -- the changes he's experienced, the wisdom he's gained, and his ability to honestly assess the person he used to be. The public wants to somehow lump Aniston into the whole thing because for whatever reason, we're unable to let that marriage go. But people grow up and they grow apart and it really seems like it should be okay for Brad Pitt to acknowledge that he's a different man with different personal and family and career aspirations at 49 than he was ten years ago.
Unfortunately, I think anything Pitt ever says about his past will be linked back to Jennifer Aniston, because she has been permanently cast in an unflattering victim role by the media. Maybe for that reason alone, Pitt should stop sharing these revelations -- if only to spare them both the inevitable headlines.
What's your take on this interview? Do YOU think Brad Pitt was trying to bash Jennifer Aniston?
Image via Esquire