Brad Pitt is hoping to clarify the comments he made to Parade in which the Moneyball actor said it was tough "trying to pretend" throughout his marriage to Jennifer Aniston because of "something it wasn't."

Pitt, 47, released the following statement:

    "It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend."

After telling the magazine he's "so happy to have" Angelina, Pitt says it wasn't Aniston who was dull in their relationship. He adds:

    "It is an important relationship I value greatly. 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."

Pitt and Jolie hooked up back in 2005 while filming the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Pitt and Aniston ended their marriage the same year after nearly five years together.