Miércoles 3 de Agosto de 2005, Ip nº 120

JENNIFER ANISTON TALKS: ABOUT BRAD, ANGELINA, AND LIFE AFTER DIVORCE
In her first interview since her split from Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Leslie Bennetts that when her marriage broke up, "the world was shocked and I was shocked." But her feelings for her ex-husband remain. "I love Brad; I really love him. I will love him for the rest of my life," she says. "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 … 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 … I really do hope that someday we can be friends again."

Bennetts reports that Aniston is doing very well and during the interview displayed her trademark sardonic humor, at one point saying of her ex-husband's new blond dye job, "Billy Idol called—he wants his look back."

When Bennetts asks Aniston about seeing the pictures of Pitt with actress Angelina Jolie and her son, she says: "I can't say it was one of the highlights of my year. Who would deal with that and say, 'Isn't that sweet! That looks like fun!'? But shit happens. You joke and say, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'"

Aniston tells Bennetts that she expected to spend the last year being pregnant, and is angered by reports that the reason for their split was that she didn't want to start a family. "A man divorcing would never be accused of choosing career over children. That really pissed me off. I've never in my life said I didn't want to have children," she says. "I did and I do and I will! The women that inspire me are the ones who have careers and children; why would I want to limit myself? I've always wanted to have children, and I would never give up that experience for a career. I want to have it all."

A mutual friend of the former couple tells Bennetts that having a baby was never a priority for Brad, whereas for Jen, it was much more immediate. "So is there a part of Brad that's diabolical?," asks the friend. "Did he think, I need to get out of this marriage, but I want to come out smelling like a rose, so I'm going to let Jen be cast as the ultra-feminist and I'm going to get cast as the poor husband who couldn't get a baby and so had to move on?"

"There's a sensitivity chip that's missing," Aniston says of her former husband when asked about the W magazine portfolio in which Pitt and Angelina Jolie play husband and wife. When Aniston learns from Bennetts that Pitt retained the international rights, so that he actually profited from it, her eyes widen in surprise and she grimaces. "I didn't know that," Aniston says, but she refuses throughout the interview to indulge herself in an angry reaction, or disparage her ex-husband, according to Bennetts.

Aniston is not dating Vince Vaughn or anyone else, she tells Bennetts. "I like a lot of people, but I am sooo not 'in like' with anybody. I am really enjoying being by myself. I'm excited that I know there's somebody out there for me, but I am absolutely in no rush. This is all very fresh, very new. This was a seven-year relationship that was very dear, very complicated, very special. I need to honor it."

Although Aniston is handling herself and the divorce very well, Bennetts reports that she does not downplay the difficulties. Says Aniston, "Am I lonely? Yes. Am I upset? Yes. Am I confused? Yes. Do I have my days when I've thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely. But I'm also doing really well."


  02/08/2005. Vanity Fair.