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Brad Pitt Interview in Parade Magazine

Brad Pitt Talks About "Pretending" During His Marriage and Diving Into Family Life With Angelina Jolie in Parade

Brad Pitt is in Parade's new issue, which is out this weekend, as he gears up for Moneyball's release on Sept. 23. Brad, who also covers EW's latest edition, didn't shy away from tackling big topics during his interview with the magazine. The actor opened up on adopting with Angelina Jolie "right out of the gate" and what she's like as a mother, and he even briefly touched on one of his past relationships. Brad discussed his marriage to Jennifer Aniston and suggested that their relationship impacted his career. Here are some highlights:

  • On how his marriage to Jennifer Aniston affected his work: "I spent the '90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony . . . 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."
  • On he and Angie adopting right away: "When Angie and I first met, we came together quite quickly and we decided we were adopting. Now the rules are that because we are not married, I can't adopt. Angie adopts. We decided we were adopting a daughter. We were going to do it right out of the gate. We were not going to mess around. Angie said, 'No shopping [for kids].' I thought that was astute and beautifully put. It took the pressure off of adoption and brought a magic to it. We had set our parameters—we had room in our family if anyone needed a home. We got the call, and that's our eldest daughter, Zahara."
  • On why he doesn't read about himself: "I really don't want to know . . . I mean, how many stories have you read that aren't true, stories about me and Angie being married or fighting or splitting up? And when we don't split up, there's a whole new round that we've made up and we're back together again! We'll get married when everyone can. We're not splitting up. And we don't have a seventh child yet . . . I used to go mental over it and try to fight it. But it was a futile battle, so I just gave up on it."
  • On life with Angelina: "I'm satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much. 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 . . . One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her."
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ladyd02 ladyd02 5 years
It is so funny that people forget that it was Jen who told Angie that her then husband (Brad s)&)*) admired her and wanted to work with her... You think if she thought there marriage was in such shambles she would have gone there.. Since when Angie became mother Theresa, like everyone forgot her very display of affection for both her brother and Billy Bob Thorton... She is a fraud and so is Brad for being a potts... And for all you guys who somehow think its soo okay to break up a marriage rather than working through with the other person then you all deserve when it happens to you... Remember nothing last forever, and just how he and Angie felll so hard for each other he should be aware of them falling so hard out of love.....
Ninha Ninha 5 years
He should just learn to keep some things to himself!! He may feel that there could be no better mother to his children than Jolie, but out of respect to an ex-wife one should not brag about it in public when it's obvious that other person will hear your opinion. Even if you're not someone famous giving an interview for a magazine you shouldn't do it! It's disrespectful and unsensitive and therefore selfish! But he does come out as someone extremely narcissistic and totally in love with himself so I guess selfish is the only way he knows! Hate him as an actor and feel ashamed of myself for having had a crush on him during my teenage years...Boy are we stupid when we're teenagers!!
roseheart roseheart 5 years
Love him and still think he is the more classy than his ex. He and Angelina have true love and a great family life, careers and are quite happy. They try to live as normal lives as they can , and that is why the paps sometimes get pics of the family doing things. They are doing things all the time , but they don't get caught by paps all the time. Grow up people , and leave them alone. Personally I don't like Aniston or Handler. Not friends I would want to have, ugh.
janekay janekay 5 years old are you....his kids bear his name, he adopted them, I think that means they are legally his..smh!
Thea000 Thea000 5 years
And what's more, he admitted that he couldn't adopt the children because he and AJ aren't while he's gushing about how much he loves "his" children, he doesn't have legal parental rights over them and yet refuses to marry the woman he supposedly loves so much, which will give him these rights, on the pretext that gays aren't allowed to get married all over the world?! This douche gushes on and on that AJ is such an improvement in his life, he loves her sooo much, he loves his family soooo much, blah blah blah and yet he utterly refuses to become their legal father and her legal husband. Can this interview be anymore ridiculous?!
Thea000 Thea000 5 years
Oh please, is this douche pretending to be "honest" in this interview? He apparently forgot that last year he said he grew that hideous beard with little braids in it "out of boredom". Despite all his gushing, his life with Angelina is still so boring that he resorted to literally playing with his beard! He apparently entertained himself by making all kinds of braids and twists in his beard..this in 2010 not the '90's. And he still smokes pot too, QT called him out on it while making 'Inglorious Basterds'. He's such a lying douche.
roseheart roseheart 5 years
Love him and he continues to prove he is the better man. There was no reason to retract or apologize for anything. Reading over the posts I think all the JA fans are under the age of 19, so immature. They split up years ago, no one cares about this but a handful of fans that have nothing better to do. Let it go or go post on Anistons post. Sheesh Why can't the man have found true happiness, what is it to you? Enough already
LuvBear LuvBear 5 years
It's the way he got involved with Angelina! Would you like it if your husband had an affair while still married to you?? He should of at least had the guts to end the marriage with Jennifer before starting the affair with Anjelina!! Right, now that people are on his case him for what he said he is going to try and turn it around to make himself look like a saint which he isn't!!
HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 5 years
Anyone who is sitting here and condemning him for being honest has obviously not been in a dissatisfied relationship where you were possibly in it out of show and obligation. These situations are never pretty but they happen. Women hate Brad and Angelina together because many relate to the "girl next door" vibe Jen A gives, but you know what?? GET OVER IT. The man had a right to finally be honest with himself and if that meant leaving her, that is his choice. People who give him a hard time about being type of people are the reason people stay stuck in bad relationships in the first place. As for Jen A, he isn't even slamming her. He is saying he just wasn't happy. I think he did this interview to take the heat off of Angie who always gets blamed and to set the record straight.
bohemianrhapsody bohemianrhapsody 5 years
COULD YOU PLEASE LEAVE BRAD PITT ALONE! If aniston is truly happy this will NOT affect her in any way. Moreover, Brad has the right to say how he felt about a MARRIAGE he was also a part of. Ever since, he got involved with Aniston, eveybody's been acting like they have some kind of INTEREST in the marriage. He is a 47 y-o man, the world does not have to order him around... John Mayer practically said Aniston was stuck in the 1990s. Brad didn't even MENTION aniston's name in the interview. He said he didn't find his life interesting. HIS LIFE. He never speaks effusively like this... cos everyone is just waiting to ambush him. Holy COMPREHENSION skills, people. I don't mind his apology... I wished he hadn't talked about that shitty marriage. but he has the fundamental HUMAN RIGHT to say how he feels... and i don't mind AT ALL that he finally decided to be honest. We are all waaaaay too interested... 72 comments! And all because Brad decided to come clean about what he wants in his life...sheesh. I 'm glad he had the sense to get out of the situation before the depression and desperation killed him. LOVE HIM!
LuvBear LuvBear 5 years
I don't choose to watch his movies or Anglina's as the way they went around getting together makes me sick!! If Brad were and honest and forthright person he would have not had the affair!! He would have gotten out of the marriage with Jennifer first then gotten together with Angelina!! As far as saying he was pretending the marriage was something it wasn't, it takes two to make a marriage work and it looks like to me that he was even putting anything into it!! Jennifer was doing all the work on the marriage while Brad just sad there feeling sorry for himself!!! He and Anjelina deserve each other!!
LuvBear LuvBear 5 years
I have no respect for Brad since he put Jennifer down like he did here! I really thought he had more class but, I was wrong!! It was bad enough that he had to have an affair on her while they were still married but, then to knock their marriage by saying he was trying to pretend the marriage was something it wasn't, then why did he marry her in the first place? He could have saved her from the hurt of the affair and his poor little boy boredome by not marrying her to begin with!! It takes a grown up person to do the right thing and I can see at the time he needed to grow up!!!
1246386 1246386 5 years
Brad tells he was happy with jennifer but in 1999 in Rolling stones he tells that jennifer and him don't live the happily ever after. and in 2003, he tells that he doesn't want his marriage is interpreted like happy marriage. he spoke about therapy with jennifer and other at this moment. so people saw what they want and think they were happy. And he doesn't blame jennifer but what he became at this time.
coutureconcierge coutureconcierge 5 years
He has no class--his comments about his marriage are so inappropriate. I think Jen is better off without him. He's pathetic.
bluestar bluestar 5 years
Blah, blah, blah. STFU, Brad.
dorisanngreen dorisanngreen 5 years
what a loser!if hes so over his marriage to jennifer anniston,why doesnt he stop dragging her into his conversation.and while i feel like hes a mediocre actor at best,not only is jennifer anniston very gracious,she a far better actor!seems to me hes far more in love with himself than anybody else.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
He wasn't talking about his ex wife, he was talking about his feelings during the marriage. He is entitled to talk about his feelings. Also, both Brad and Ang have said they did NOT have an affair. Sometimes people do fall in love with someone else. You have no idea if they fell in love and he left his wife before coming out to the public.
SandyFeet SandyFeet 5 years
Please, he did not put Jenny down or throw her under the bus. He was miserable and he felt that the marriage was not right. So, all of you goddesses would stay in a miserable relationship to make your friends, family and the rest of the known world happy? I think not. Life is short why stay in an unproductive relationship that is going nowhere, you wouldn't and he didn't. Everyone is happy now, lets all move on. End of story.
awesomepants awesomepants 5 years
What I don't understand is those people who think this is an honest interview. So all of those times he said he was happy with Jen he was lying? Would an honest person do that? All that time he praised Jen even after he got divorced. Was he lying then? How can you tell if a person is being it when they talk sh*t about their former spouse? Also, what he's doing right now with Angelina isn't pretending? Dragging her to a premiere because you know more people want to see her isn't pretending or selling out? Please. It's the same crap with a different person. If he was complaining about the golden couple status what does he think he has now? He actively tries to keep that title and everyone knows it.
JoJo54 JoJo54 5 years
I cannot believe Brad Pitt himself would stoop so low to sell tickets for his Moneyball. Why else? Or maybe he cannot believe Jennifer isn't crying over him anymore, (she's never looked so happy, good for her). The Branagelina nuts will say Jen talked about them, well, yes, two measly lines years ago, nothing recent like this. "He's missing a sentivity chip" and she is "uncool"...Big *********** deal! Brad 7 years post divorce comes out with dissing his ex wife on the heels of his new movie opening? I still can't believe the almighty Brad Pitt did this. Classless, tacky and goes to show he's not what we thought. Who told him to sit on a sofa smoking joints? Oh I guess that's his ex's fault too. His dissing will backfire, people aren't happy, and Jen don't deserve this from him so late in the game. Tacky with a capital T. I hope the JustJared nuts read all the BAD press he's getting on this.
LolaMD LolaMD 5 years
Loved the interview. As for his quote about his MARRIAGE, he never said anything about Jennifer he just said his marriage wasn't what the tabloids portrayed it to be i.e. the golden couple. He should be able to talk about his marriage because Jennifer keeps talking about it too.
texangirl64 texangirl64 5 years
His comments about Jennifer is uncalled for.. I don't care to see his movies.. He should really keep his mouth shut.. For a Humanitarian you would think he would take her feelings in mind when he says these hurtful things. What's wrong with him!!
sunnyheart sunnyheart 5 years
Man this comment stream is great! At the end of the day, let's take a look at Brad's history: Gwen, Jen, Angie. The man likes a woman who takes control. No big surprise. He's had children with this woman, he needs to be where he is, at least he's acknowledging he's part of this family, no problem. I would like to hope Jen's comments that she's moved on are true. The part I find most amusing about all of it is his statement that they won't get married until everyone can. Oh Brangie, do you really think you are that powerful? That your one choice to stay unmarried is going to suddenly change the mind of every homophobic legislature in the United States? Hahahahahaha.
ElenaEv ElenaEv 5 years
Justin Timberlake will be 80 years old and still talk about Brittney’s virginity and Brad Pitt in 90 years old will still remember about his wedding to Jen. Next.
ceej ceej 5 years
It was completely unnecessary to bring his ex wife into the interview and it sounds as though it was totally unprompted. He is indeed missing a sensitivity chip. Angelina hasn't been able to open a movie for years, I wonder if his horrible attitude will affect BO. I for one won't be rushing out to see anything he's in
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