Brad Pitt slams Aniston marriage

May 22, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. ET

Brad Pitt has put his foot in his mouth again, using the most unflattering terms to describe the period in his life when he was married to Jennifer Aniston.

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Since Brad Pitt's life is so amazing now that he is fake married to Angelina Jolie and they have a gaggle of kids together, he has found the need to contrast his current happiness with the comparative misery of his life with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston.

In an interview with Esquire, the World War Z actor said there was a period when he was aimless and wasted, implying his marriage had much to do with it and Jolie was his savior.

"For a long time I thought I did too much damage — drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter," he said. "A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f***ing off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany."

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Go back a decade. Jolie signed onto Mr. & Mrs. Smith in the summer of 2003; filming began in January 2004. Rumors of an affair quickly began to circulate; Pitt and Aniston were separated within a year, and he quickly shacked up with Jolie.

This isn't the first time he has trash-talked his first marriage to America's best friend. Back in 2011 he told Parade, "I spent the '90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic. 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. I think that my marriage [to Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

Read an excerpt of Pitt's interview on, or catch the complete chat in the June/July issue of the mag.

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