Brad Pitt wants to make one thing very clear: He’s happy with Angelina Jolie and his family — and he doesn’t need outside friends to make things better.
“I have very few friends,” the World War Z star told Esquire magazine in a revealing new interview. “I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven’t known life to be any happier. I’m making things. I just haven’t known life to be any happier.”
Oh, burn. We imagine that George Clooney collapsed into sobs when he read that.
All kidding aside, this echoes what Jolie has said in other interviews.
“Well, I have a few girlfriends, I just… I stay at home a lot. I’m just not very social. I don’t do a lot with them, and I’m very homebound,” she told Marie Claire in 2012. “I talk to Brad… But I don’t know, I don’t have a lot of friends I talk to. He is really the only person I talk to.”
We love how these two are always there for each other — especially now after Jolie’s recent double mastectomy — but is it healthy to rely only on your partner for your social needs? We asked Carole Lieberman, M.D., psychiatrist and author of Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets, to give us some insight.
“People have a need for both friends and lovers — not one or the other,” Dr. Lieberman told SheKnows.
“It isn’t healthy for a married couple to eliminate friends from their lives because one spouse demands the total attention of the other. The demanding spouse is the more narcissistic one, who wants to be the center of the other person’s world at all times,” Dr. Lieberman continued. “But, this limits both of them and causes their relationship to be more shallow than if they each shared different activities and thoughts with friends, in addition to those they share with each other.”
The loss of independence can take a toll on any relationship, even a strong one.
“He claims to be happier than ever, but he may be confusing happiness with being directed by Angelina and not feeling as if he’s drifting as much as he used to do,” Dr. Lieberman added.
Your takeaway? Regular nights out — sans your fellow — is only healthy. So, plan a girls’ night out already — and let your guy plan his own fun night, too.
Do you need other friends when you’re in a relationship? Sound off in the comments below!