Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Would Have Divorced Even Without Angelina Jolie — Here’s Why

It’s easy to place all the blame on one event. When Brad Pitt broke up with Jennifer Aniston, fans from both sides were devastated and demanded to know why. And when they found out he was leaving her because he fell in love with someone else? The rage was real.

But it turns out that all the fury directed toward Angelina Jolie may have been misguided. Yes, she was the one who made Brad Pitt realize he was able to fall in love with someone else. However, some of his insight on life before the split proves that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston would have split up even if he never met Angelina Jolie.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Brad Pitt admitted he was bored while married to Jennifer Aniston

In a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, Brad Pitt described his state of mind leading up to the infamous 2005 split with his wife, Jennifer Aniston.

“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,” Pitt explained. “I think that my marriage [to Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
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Later, Pitt clarified his comments and apologized

Those harsh words drew sharp criticism from fans, who couldn’t believe Brad Pitt would leave his wife for another woman and then blame her for it. But he later expanded upon how he meant the statement, explaining that he never meant to put down his ex-wife in any way.

“It grieves me that this was interpreted this way,” Pitt said in a statement. “Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend. It is an important relationship I value greatly.”

He went on to blame himself for the relationship’s ultimate failure. “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,” he said.

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The comments proved that Brad Pitt wasn’t fully committed

There are so many reasons for a marriage to fail and boredom is certainly one of them. Pitt’s outlook on life made him vulnerable to falling in love with someone else — and Angelina Jolie was in the right place at the right time.

There is no way to know if Brad Pitt would have fallen in love with a different co-star given the chance, or if he would have been tempted away to Jolie even if his marriage was rock-solid at the time.

Jennifer Aniston isn’t crying anymore

However, in the end it’s Jennifer Aniston who gets redemption. After 12 years together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went through a horrific breakup and are still involved in a bitter custody battle over the six children they share. Meanwhile, Pitt has been spotted chatting with Aniston and made an appearance at her 50th birthday party.

Will these two exes rekindle their romance now that they’re older and wiser? It seems unlikely, but hey, stranger things have happened!