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In case you were wondering, Brad Pitt is a "satisfied man." At least that's how he describes himself in a juicy interview in Sunday's Parade magazine, opening up about his relationship with Angelina Jolie, his kids, his work, his celebrity and -- something the public might not expect -- his pain.
"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," the 47-year-old actor says. "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."
That's a very interesting revelation, considering Pitt's romance with Jennifer Aniston overlapped with the end of the '90s (the two were married from 2000-2005). "I think that my marriage had something to do with (my problems)," he admits. "Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."
So what has changed for Pitt? He says that he has put far more of an emphasis on being a "satisfied man" in his globe-trotting life with Jolie, and their six children together, 9-year-old Cambodian native Maddox, 7-year-old Pax from Vietnam, Ethiopian Zahara, 6, and biological children Shiloh, 5, and twins, Knox and Vivienne, 3. "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," says Pitt. "That's the trade-off. But I'll take it all.”
Pitt takes his role as a father very seriously, and tells Parade that he was amazed at how easily it came to him. "I was surprised at how automatic it is, how much of it is instinctual. And now I have a great confidence and trust in those instincts," he marvels. "I mean, one sound at night and you're awake and up because they may need you. Or when they start to have a tantrum, you know to divert them from spinning out by helping them focus on something. It just goes on and on. I tell them, 'You can make a mess, but you've got to clean it up.'"
As for his "Angie," he has nothing but priase. "One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom," he says. "She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her."
And, despite what the tabloids say, Pitt assures Parade that the Jolie-Pitts are rock-solid and try to ignore the gossip about the couple's personal life as much as possible. "I mean, how many stories have you read that aren't true, stories about me and Angie being married or fighting or splitting up?" he asks rhetorically. "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."
Notice the "yet." Perhaps that's why Pitt tells the new issue of Entertainment Weekly that he's having second thoughts about his and Angelina's policy of never working at the same time. "We should be doing (movies) together. That's what we should be doing," he says. "We should be doing everything together, and then we could work less. We could have more time off." More time off to spend with a seventh child? We'll see.
Pitt's new movie Moneyball opens wide on Sept. 23.