“I love Brad; I really love him. I will love him for the rest of my life.”
An old Vanity Fair interview from 2006 has come to light which sees Jennifer Aniston talk about her marriage breakup very candidly.
It’s been 16 years since she and Brad Pitt split. When the pair announced their breakup fans were distraught and probably still are.
The Vanity Fair interview was carried out when Jen was 36 and her marriage with Brad had just ended. It was also around the time when there were many rumours about Brad and Angelina, leading to the actor speaking rawly and openly about her heartbreak.
There’s a lot we can learn from the way Jennifer handled the breakup and rumours, if you loved her before you’re going to love her even more now.
The article, written by Leslie Bennetts, starts: “When Jennifer Aniston opens the door to the Malibu bungalow she’s been holed up in lately, she gives me a radiant smile and an effusive hello. Then she bursts into tears.”
“I haven’t been feeling emotional lately, really I haven’t,” she says. The reporter describes Jennifer as “fluttering her hands like Rachel Green in distress, except that this time it isn’t funny.”
Leslie described how the actress looked like she had been “stabbed in the heart” when she asked about rumours about Angelina already being pregnant.
The rumours about Angelina being pregnant came just two months before Jen and Brad’s divorce was even finalised. Bennetts said Jenn started to cry and was too hurt to give an answer, as more and more pictures started to emerge of Brad and Angelina playing happy family. They were all over the tabloids and hard to miss.
Jennifer said: “I would be a robot if I said I didn’t feel moments of anger, of hurt, of embarrassment. I just don’t know what happened. There’s a lot I don’t understand, a lot I don’t know, and probably never will know, really.”
“I have to think there’s some reason I have called this into my life, I have to believe that – otherwise it’s just cruel,” she added.
Many people thought that Angelina and Brad were having an affair, but both of them have always dened any romantic involvement while he was married to Jen.
When asked if she believed that Brad was faithful, Jen said: “I choose to believe my husband. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised by anything, but I would much rather choose to believe him.”
Even after all the heartbreak, Jen said doesn’t regret a thing and that she “felt lucky to have experienced” her marriage to Brad.
“I love Brad; I really love him. I will love him for the rest of my life. He’s a fantastic man. I don’t regret any of it, and I’m not going to beat myself up about it. We spent seven very intense years together; we taught each other a lot—about healing, and about fun.”
“We helped each other through a lot, and I really value that. It was a beautiful, complicated relationship. The sad thing, for me, is the way it’s been reduced to a Hollywood cliché—or maybe it’s just a human cliché. I have a lot of compassion for everyone going through this.”