"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," Pitt said about the tail-end of his marriage to Aniston, which lasted from 2000 to 2005. "I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."
He also lamented that he spent much of the '90s "trying to hide out," adding, "I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out."
But following the story's publication on the Web, according to Reuters, Pitt issued a statement lamenting that people are taking his quotes the wrong way. "It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend. It is an important relationship I value greatly," he explained in the statement released through his talent agency. "The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself — and that, I am responsible for."
Aniston and Pitt divorced in 2005, after he began dating his "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" co-star Angelina Jolie, with whom he now has six kids.
While he may have come off as critical of his ex, Pitt does say very favorable things about his current partner in the Parade story. "I'm satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much. A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss," he said. "That's the trade-off. But I'll take it all. ... One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her."
Pitt is currently making the rounds promoting his film "Moneyball" and spoke to MTV News at the Toronto Film Festival, where he remained more tight-lipped about whether he has a cameo in Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
"I will say nothing," he declared. "Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing."