Pitt Slams Aniston Marriage in Esquire, Heaps Praise on Jolie

Image: Pitt Slams Aniston Marriage in Esquire, Heaps Praise on Jolie 2004 photo of Brad Pitt and his then-wife, Jennifer Aniston.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:42 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Brad Pitt slammed his five-year marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston in an interview this week, instead heaping praise on current partner Angelina Jolie.

Pitt, 49, opened up to Esquire magazine about his first marriage and said that was a time in his life when he was battling a lot of demons.

"For a long time I thought I did too much damage — drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter," he said. "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—ing off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change… This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany."

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That "epiphany" came in the form of Jolie. The two, who are now engaged, met on the set of 2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Together for seven years, Pitt and Jolie have a family of six (three biological children and three adopted).

"I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven't known life to be any happier," he said. "I'm making things. I just haven't known life to be any happier."

Pitt previously talked about his unhappy past life with Aniston in a 2011 interview with Parade.

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"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," he said. "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 Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

Aniston is now engaged to actor Justin Theroux.

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