Brad Pitt indirectly slams marriage to Jennifer Aniston: 'I had an epiphany'

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in 2004. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in 2004. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen) | License Photo

In a new interview with Esquire magazine, the "World War Z" star provided another unflattering portrait of what he has described as an unsatisfying marriage to Jennifer Aniston.

"For a long time I thought I did too much damage -- drug damage," Brad Pitt, 49, said of a time in his life, "about a decade ago," when he felt unhappy and unfulfilled. The timing coincides with his marriage to Aniston -- they divorced in 2005.


I was a bit of a drifter. 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.

"It was a feeling of, 'Get up.' Because otherwise, what's the point?" he continued.

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Pitt also publicly criticized his marriage to Aniston in a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, in which he insinuated that she made his life boring.


I spent the ’90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. It wigged me out a bit. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic. It became very clear to me that I was so 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.

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