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Brad Pitt: I Was Pretending in My Marriage to Jen Aniston

USMagazine, Thursday, September 15, 2011, 12:29pm (PDT)

Way harsh, dude!

Brad Pitt -- whose ex-wife once said he lacked a "sensitivity chip" -- looked back with a lot of candor on his failed marriage to Jennifer Aniston in a new interview with Parade.

Now 47 and happily ensconced in a globe-trotting family life with longtime partner Angelina Jolie and their six kids, Pitt gushes that he's a "satisfied man" these days.

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"I'm satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much," he tells Parade.

But his earlier years as a movie star -- which included the Aniston era -- weren't quite so satisfying, he mused.

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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. It started feeling pathetic," says the Moneyball star. He dated Gwyneth Paltrow from 1994 to 1997 and met Aniston, 42, in 1998. They married in 2000 and divorced five years later.

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He went on about his pre-Jolie life: "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."

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Why was he so glum? "I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

By contrast, life with Jolie, 36, is bonafide awesome, he says. "One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom," he gushes. "Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her."

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