Brad Pitt: My Marriage to Jennifer Aniston Made Me ‘Pretend’ (PHOTO)

By: / September 15, 2011

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Pitt on set filming 'World War Z.'
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Brad Pitt promotes his new movie in Cancun.
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Brad & Angelina explore London with their kids.
In a rare moment, Moneyball star Brad Pitt is opening up about his personal life, including when he plans to marry Angelina Jolie, how he learned to become a parent and why he felt like he was “pretending” during his high-profile marriage to Jennifer Aniston.

In the latest issue of PARADE, on stands Sunday, the 47-year-old A-lister said he is “so happy” to have Angelina in his life, adding,”She is such a great mom.”

“One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom,” he said.

Brad also said that becoming a parent was “instinctual”

“Now I have a great confidence and trust in those instincts,” he said. “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.'”

Though parenting is going well, don’t expect Brad and Angie to get married anytime soon. “We’ll get married when everyone can,” he said, addressing the tabloid stories about his relationship with Angelina. “We’re not splitting up. And we don’t have a seventh child yet.”

Meanwhile, Brad says that he is “satisfied” with his life now, but admits he tried to avoid the celebrity in machine during the ’90s, to the point where his life became “pathetic.”

“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.”

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For more on PARADE, visit the mag’s official website.