Being a mega Hollywood star grants actor Brad Pitt the option of eating the finest cuisine, but he may have felt the need to ingest a plate of crow after several media outlets exploded with the story of his unflattering remarks toward ex wife Jennifer Aniston in a recent Parade interview. In the interview Pitt used words such as “sick” and “pathetic” to describe his life before Angelina Jolie and then intimated that some blame could be placed on his marriage to Aniston:
“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…wasn’t living an interesting life…I think that my marriage [to actress Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with that.”
Popular opinion took Pitt’s comments to be disparaging toward his marriage with Aniston, inexplicably hurling blame at the actress for his life being “dull” during the five years they spent together. Pitt was quick to do an about face in response to the scrutiny over his remarks. Reuters reported on a statement that was issued by Pitt’s talent agency:
“It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend. It is an important relationship I value greatly. The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself — and that, I am responsible for.”
Fair enough. However, some may speculate as to why the A-list star wasn’t more circumspect in a disclosure about his past marriage, especially being that their breakup was put under a media magnifying glass that—even by celebrity terms—reached an astronomical level of scrutiny. Earlier in the Parade interview Pitt even acknowledged the omnipresent inquisition surrounding his love life, saying, “I mean, how many stories have you read that aren’t true, stories about me and Angie being married or fighting or splitting up? And when we don’t split up, there’s a whole new round that we’ve made up and we’re back together again!”
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According to Nora Mclerny, “The fact is, the details surrounding the demise of a relationship are really nobody’s business, and the more you talk about them, the more chances you have to look like a total jerk and possibly hurt the other person.”
Both dating relationships and marriages have been vulnerable to breakups. A certain mourning period can be associated with both, but proper etiquette would demand one to keep the details of a breakup private as to avoid causing pain to either person, particularly the one jilted in the first place.
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