Brad Pitt is seeking again to distance himself from apparently negative remarks about his marriage to Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Aniston, calling his ex-wife a "dear friend" and a "valuable person," Reuters reports.
Pitt is out in public promoting his new baseball movie "Moneyball." But he spent much of a TV interview on "Today" trying to explain an earlier remark that suggested he found his five-year marriage to Aniston boring, and that he is now a "satisfied man" in his relationship with Angelina Jolie.
"All I know is that my point was, the best thing I'd done as a father is be sure that my kids have a good mother," Pitt told Matt Lauer in an interview to be broadcast Thursdayon "Today."
"That's all I was, or am, trying to say. It has no reference to the past. And I think it's a shame that I can't say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in. You know, she doesn't deserve it," Pitt said.
Pitt issued a swift statement last week saying his remarks to Parade magazine about not living an "interesting life" with Aniston had been misinterpreted. But his remarks have served only to fuel a long-standing celebrity media obsession over perceived rivalries between Aniston and Jolie.
Pitt told Lauer that Aniston, whom he divorced in 2005, had not called her himself about the Parade interview. "She's also a seasoned veteran and she knows. You know, and she's a valuable person. We spent seven years together. Come on. I don't want them to say anything bad like that about Jen. She's a dear friend of mine."