Just when I thought we'd all healed from the epic Hollywood split between America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston and her heartthrob hubby Brad Pitt in 2005, six years on, Brad isn't done pouring salt in that wound.
In an interview with Parade Magazine, Brad talks about his time with Aniston and doesn't mince words:
"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 actress Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."
I wish I could say I am shocked by his complete lack of class and tact, but this isn't the first time he or Angie have openly talked about Jennifer Aniston. Actually, it's a pathological pattern of behavior they both engage in, and it seems to coincide with promoting a film. Every time they have a project to promote, they trash Jennifer: Angie does it, Brad does it. Of course, Jennifer seems forced to respond in an awkward and cringe-worthy way. It's a sad little dance I'd just as soon not see again.
I understand the media is going to ask questions about this part of their lives, people love dirt, but why not take the high road and say, "Out of respect for all parties, I'd prefer not to talk about this." Simple and to the point. However, I think they actually ENJOY using Jennifer Aniston, and inflicting hurt on her again and again, a nasty trait Brad seems to have picked up since his time with Jolie.
Brad on Angelina: "One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her."
I wonder if Brad and Angie do this to deflect from their own feelings of guilt? Nah, they just like it and they have managed to twist the entire affair into a media power play.
Oddly enough, neither Brad, Angelina or Jennifer have really gained much from it, and if box office numbers are any indication, the very public tit-for-tat has seemingly poisoned the public against all three.
In fact, since the split, Brad and Angelina's most lucrative starring* roles just so happen to be Mr. and Mrs. Smith. As for Jennifer Aniston, she's not had a major box office blockbuster since 2003 when she co-starred with Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty.
So for all their trash talk, it hasn't gotten any of them an Oscar (except Angie, but that was pre-Brad and therefore is excluded from this analysis) or in a blockbuster film, so perhaps, it's time to once and for all move on. Lord knows I'd like to.
*Films in which they've starred as the lead character/s.