It seems like this whole week was devoted to Brad Pitt and the unfavorable comments he made about his marriage to Jennifer Aniston to Parade magazine. Then, Pitt issued a statement explaining what he was really trying to say in the Parade interview, and so we spent some time thinking about that. AND THEN we read that Aniston was so completely ticked off at Pitt for calling her and their marriage “dull” that she had her people call him up and chastise him, and that was the real reason why he told Us Weekly that his words were taken out of context. But it appears we finally know what’s what, because Matt Lauer’s interview with Pitt aired on the Today show this morning, and we should probably just stop talking about the whole kit and kaboodle because… because he kind of just wants us to.
Lauer’s interview with Pitt was of course an opportunity for Pitt to promote Moneyball, but Lauer had no choice to bring up the week’s biggest controversy. Of the quotes that Parade attributed to Pitt, he said “I don’t know what was pieced together or put together. All I know is that my point was the best thing I’ve done as a father is to ensure that my kids have a good mother. That’s all I was trying to say. It has no reference to the past… I think it’s a shame that I can’t say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in. She doesn’t deserve it.”
Things got a little dramatic when Lauer tried to read out loud the part of the Parade interview where Pitt talked about his marriage to Aniston, but Pitt wouldn’t allow it: “No, I, no, please don’t read it. Because I don’t read these things. By choice, I don’t want to be encumbered by them. I know my intentions and I know what I believe and I know things get misconstrued. I live outside of that and it’s a much healthier place to be,” he said. Pitt also went on to deny that Aniston ever called her to confront him about any or all of his remarks that appeared in the press this week.
The interview concluded with Pitt telling Lauer that the lesson he learned from this whole ordeal was to not talk to the media at all. But then he acknowledged that talking to the media is indubitably part of what it means to be a celebrity or a popular figure, and so there’s no real way to prevent innocent comments from being injected with scandal. At the same time, part of me feels like Pitt should know better than to answer a question about Jennifer Aniston at this point. He should acknowledge that he didn’t end up with Angelina Jolie under normal circumstances, and he should be pretty conscious of the fact that a lot of people are looking for proof that he’s a not-so-decent guy. And so any time he talks to someone, they’re going to interpret it to mean something that it really doesn’t. It’s just kinda strange he comes across as a victim of miscommunication. It’s almost like he should expect less from people!