Brad Pitt was feeling "pathetic" toward the tail end of his marriage with Jennifer Aniston, he says in an interview with Parade magazine, although Parade was the one that put the name to the words, via brackets:
“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."
But you're an actor. How can you be unhappy with pretending? Pitt says he is happy now as a family man with Angelina Jolie and kids:
“I put much more emphasis on being a satisfied man. I’m satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much. A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss. … That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.”
E! points out a Vanity Fair interview with Aniston in 2005 when she says that Pitt told her that he was never happier. But Pitt tells Parade about the countless made-up reports out there about Jolie and him:
"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! We’ll get married when everyone can. We’re not splitting up. And we don’t have a seventh child yet."