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Photos and Interview of Brad Pitt on W Magazine Defending Angelina Jolie and Talking About Jennifer Aniston

Brad Pitt Defends Both Angelina and Jen

Brad Pitt got up close and personal for yet another W Magazine cover. While he's promoting Benjamin Button, he also clears the air on all of the Jen and Angelina drama. Brad usually doesn't address the so-called feud, but this time he defends his partner while also saying kind words about his ex-wife. Here's more:

  • On Jen's "uncool" comment: "Listen, man, Jen is a sweetheart. I think she got dragged into that one, and then there’s a second round to all of that Angie versus Jen. It’s so created."
  • On his relationship with Jen: "We still check in with each other. She was a big part of my life, and me hers. I don’t see how there cannot be [that]. That’s life, man. That’s life."
  • In defense of Angelina: "What people don’t understand is that we filmed [Mr. & Mrs. Smith] for a year. We were still filming after Jen and I split up. Even then it doesn’t mean that there was some kind of dastardly affair. There wasn’t. I’m very proud of the way that it was handled. It was respectful. [The film] will mean something to our kids. It will, that’s all."

It sounds like Brad understands that Jen's statements were taken out of context and he balances his respect for both women while maintaining how he and Angelina fell in love.


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To see more photos and read what Brad had to say about gay marriage and his family life just

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  • On gay marriage: "People who are against gay marriage do not understand the very freedoms that they themselves are enjoying. What if someone said, 'Sorry, no Christianity here? No Judaism. Certainly no Mormons.' No one would stand for that, and I wouldn’t allow anyone to say that either. I’d fight them in the same way."
  • On how his family life changed him: "I’m scared to death of death. I quit smoking. That was the only thing that got me to quit. That was it. Done."
  • On the W photo spread he shot: "We have fun working together; these things bring you closer. And let me tell you, it’s really sexy to see your loved one through the lens. I went much further [than the shot of Jolie breast-feeding]. I didn’t show those."

Brad's words were clearly chosen carefully on all fronts and he manages to come off charming while navigating tricky subjects. We might even get the chance to see him tonight if he makes a surprise appearance on a taped segment for the People's Choice Awards.


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RaCheer RaCheer 8 years
For some reason I don't believe him.
Suzaila Suzaila 8 years
Even if he did cheat on Jen, what's the big deal? That is what they do in Hollywood. I just think that Brad and Angie are just so full of themselves and have this intense desire to be seen as a couple of saints. That's why I don't like those two. Just a bunch of pretenders.
ilek ilek 8 years
Love Brad - think he's awesome... and I also I think (or wanna believe anyways) he was being facetious when he called his fraudalent X-wife "sweetheart" after all he couldn't really say that she's a manipulative beeyotch or that she is parasitic cottailrider leech that just won't go away)! Or not and he really has soooo much love in his life right now that he can be generous with the aging and pathetic wannabe cougar! :-)
mguz03 mguz03 8 years
Hey Bratt, don't compare being gay with religions...that is sacred, unlike sexual preferences. BTW, God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't know how i missed this one - but in any event, it's nice to hear how brad still talks about jen. i kind of feel like he has this special place for jen and understands what she's going through. he can't feel good about how he's always out there throwing things in her face w/ angie but that's life.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Why shouldn't he defend himself? (this isn't to any particular poster, fyi) If the media was trying to tarnish my reputation, I would speak up, especially if it is over a huge public controversy that my kids will be aware of one day. Nonetheless, I don't think there needs to be any more discussion concerning the love triangle after this interview since it pretty much lays all of the info we need to know out on the table. Amesabelle, do you personally know that they had an affair? No one knows whether they did or not, but considering the fact that all 3 of them denied it (Jen included) and there was no tangible proof, then I don't see why some people are hell-bent on believing its true. I really hope Jen is happy and finds/has found the "one," settles down and has a family with him. Maybe then the media will drop this triangle.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
Brad seems to be trying to do damage control. I wonder why he feels the need to defend himself & Angie if they did nothing wrong?
ShootingStar ShootingStar 8 years
I don't buy his garbage either Pinkie. He's having to clean up the mess Angie left in the media that's all this is. And to say that he's checks in with Jen and they're all cool w/each other is bull. He's saying that more for his sake than hers. I think they probably "try" to keep things cool only because they know a lot the same people in Hollywood, so it's more for the "let's do lunch-I'll take a look at the script-have your people call my people-you're beautiful baby-I've slept with him-I've slept with him too" work rituals of Hollywood. Everyone's cool with each other in Hollywood. Everyone's slept with each other in Hollywood. And the reality is everyone hates each other in Hollywood.
megelizabeth megelizabeth 8 years
I love all three of them! It's good to see that Brad recognizes what all of us already know: the media always seems to twist the truth. It's also nice to see that he clearly respects both of these women, no matter which one he has chosen to be with.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
He's always been good at straight talk. Although no matter how simple he breaks it down, there will always be people who want to infer he meant something else. Should be an interesting award season. He and Angie are both nominated for SAG and Golden Globes, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they get Oscar noms too.
shantejam shantejam 8 years
Love the fact the Brad took this challenge to say no to photoshop and to show that it's okay to age, I don't know any celeb who has ever done that. That show's how real he is. He still looks great. Love the interview, Brad has earned my respect. Thanks Brad for explaining the rumor's. Brad and Jen had moved on after the split, Brad with Angelina, Jen with Vince Vaughn. Now everyone's happy, great. It's 2009, some people need to just move on.
lisa101 lisa101 8 years
BLAH to the usual. I will say I dont know who old some people who post on here are but at 45 he looks great. I never found him interesting looking but now much more so. He has moved away from his pretty boy image since being with Ang. You know actually I will say something. His parents are so conservative he married the girl hethought they would approve of. But now he is doing what he wants IMO And I think they are ALL doing fine
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
He looks like a 45 year-old with 6 kids to me.
Idalia Idalia 8 years
Yikes!!! Brad looks awful. This guy is NOT aging well.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Good for Brad, he's seems really open-minded. I agree about the gay marriage thing.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Oh god...more controversy over a Brad/Angie VS Jen post. Big surprise...seriously some people on here put way too much energy obsessing about other people's relationships when they should be putting that energy into something more productive.
Exactly! I had no idea so many were affected by these people's decisions.
Amesabelle Amesabelle 8 years
LOVE ANGELINA, I don't know what interviews you are spending all your spare time reading, but my memory tells me that Jennifer Aniston has said EXACTLY what he said here about their level of contact. They drift in and out when there are reasons to be cordial and send good wishes. It's not been implied that there is more or less than that by either of them. These are nice comments made by him, but several of you have timelines skewed about what happened when. Do any of you really think that Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie would actually say in an interview that they had an affair? Of course they aren't; don't be silly. That would be career suicide. Give me a break. I'm with all of the posters who wish they would ALL shut the f*ck up about the whole thing. It got old 3 years ago.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
i had no idea he smoked!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
I have said it before and I will say it again.. the people who hate Jolie will strangely enough always hate her.. she could single handedly find a cure to cancer, solve the problem of world hunger, negotiate peace in the middle east and capture Osama Bin Laden by performing the dance of the seven veils and they would still hate her with all their hearts. It really should be studied. They just feel there is no way in hell someone could change their behavior.. even after seeing children dying of hunger and with limbs missing from landmines and machete attacks. Just unbelievable to them.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Uh, most people believe that they'll have pretty much the same beliefs all their lives as they do now. For example, do you think you'll ever change your mind about Angelina? Probably not, but you really never know. And I have to say that I think the people who vehemently don't like Angelina put a lot more emphasis on her being "on a pedestal" than her actual fans.
Sikla Sikla 8 years
I like you Imabeliever, some intelligent comments...
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I'm glad that Brad set the record straight. It seems that people always misinterpret what Angelina says and make her out to be the "bad guy," then Brad has to step in and tell it like it is. It's ridiculous. People need to get over the fact Brad & Angelina did NOT cheat, that Jen & Angelina are not that concerned with each other's lives and have no reason to hate each other, and that everyone is happy (as far as I can tell) with where their life is going.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Zahara's birthday is comin soon. I hope she gets a huge b-day birthday.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
I don't like him anymore (then again, I never liked him much). It would've been better if he shut up already and let the world have their own hypothesis.
sobe101 sobe101 8 years
I feel like I love him more than ever now. He's just gotten better with age. And he was amazing in Benjamin Button -- one of the best films of the year for sure!
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