Brad Pitt Says His “Dear Friend” Jennifer Aniston Never Complained About Quotes


By Daniel Gates


Brad Pitt has taped a “Today Show” interview in which he responds to the controversy over his comments about Jennifer Aniston in Parade magazine.

The Moneyball star is quoted in Parade as saying that he started to feel “pathetic” in the 1990s, and that he was “trying to pretend the marriage [to Aniston] was something that it wasn’t,” comments widely interpreted as insensitive given his effusive praise for Angelina Jolie in the same interview.

Pitt tries to set the record straight with “Today” anchor Matt Lauer in a conversation set to air Thursday morning. “I don’t know what was pieced together or put together,” says the actor. “All I know is that my point was, the best thing I’d done as a father is be sure that my kids have a good mother.”

“That’s all I was, or am, trying to say. It has no reference to the past. And I think it’s a shame that I can’t say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in,” adds Pitt. “You know, she doesn’t deserve it.” Later, he adds, “I don’t want them to say anything bad like that about Jen. She’s a dear friend of mine.”

When Lauer asks whether Aniston called Pitt after the quotes surfaced, Pitt says no. “No. But she’s also a seasoned veteran and she knows… she’s a valuable person,” he says. “We spent seven years together. Come on.”

Pitt says the constant tabloid speculation about his relationship with Jolie, mostly focused on the wedding/split news cycle is something he tries to avoid. “I live outside of that,” says Pitt, “and it’s much healthier.”

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