Jennifer Aniston on Brad Pitt: ‘I Will Love Him for the Rest of Our Lives’

In a 2005 interview with Vanity Fair, Jennifer Aniston civilly declares that she and Brad Pitt exited their relationship as beautifully as they entered it. And despite the “hurt,” “anger,” and “embarrassment,” the Friends actress admits to going through, she still doesn’t have regrets about her marriage to Pitt. In fact, despite all of the heartache she experienced, Aniston admits that she will always love her ex-husband for the rest of their lives. 

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston had ‘so much fun falling in love’

According to Aniston, she tells Vanity Fair that she and Pitt had “so much fun falling in love.” The Along Came Polly actress admits that some of the best moments in their relationship were when they kept it private from the press. She reveals the two had been together long before the media picked up on their courtship, and according to Aniston, these times were the simplest.

Like any other couple, they’d spend their time watching TV, cuddling, and ordering takeout. As Pitt’s security guard reveals, the two were madly in love and never fought. According to Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography, Pitt has called Aniston a “fireplace” because she “provides the warmth.” He adds, “We all kind of crowd around her like moths to the flame. She’s like a magnet. She brings a lot of people together in that way.”

But unfortunately, things in their relationship became complicated. And according to Aniston, “things changed.”  

Jennifer Aniston still feels so lucky for her marriage with Brad Pitt

Actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt
Actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt | Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

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According to Aniston in her Vanity Fair interview, she has no regrets about her relationship with Pitt. She even says that she feels so lucky to have experienced their marriage and will love him for the rest of their lives. Aniston spills, 

“I still feel so lucky to have experienced it. I wouldn’t know what I know now if I hadn’t been married to Brad,” she admits. “I love Brad; I really love him. I will love him for the rest of my life. 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; we taught each other a lot—about healing and about fun. We helped each other through a lot, and I really value that. It was a beautiful, complicated relationship.”

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt attend the 28th Annual American Film Institute | Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

Aniston then admits that she doesn’t like how her marriage to Pitt has been reduced to a Hollywood cliché. She tells the magazine, “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.”

Therapy and close friends helped Jennifer Aniston get through the breakup

Actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt
Actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt attend the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 10, 2000 | Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

Luckily for Aniston, she has a great circle of friends who had her back during the public split she and Pitt experienced. The Friends actress also reveals she is a huge fan of therapy, and that it has helped her immensely during their divorce.

Aniston reveals to Vanity Fair, “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,” she says. “I’ve got an unbelievable support team, and I’m a tough cookie.… I believe in therapy; It’s an incredible tool in educating the self on the self. I feel very strong. I’m really proud of how I’ve conducted myself.”