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What To Do If An Ex Inadvertently Calls You Pathetic As Brad Pitt Did To Jennifer Aniston

Fri, September 16, 2011 12:11pm EDT by 4 Comments

Brad recently made a statement that sounded derogatory about his ex-wife. Here’s how she should have handled the diss

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston used to be referred to as the Golden Couple, so despite the fact that they divorced and he’s now playing happy family man with Angelina Jolie, it was a shock to hear him speak negatively about his ex. If one of your former boyfriends makes harsh comments about you after a split, what should you do?

In a recent interview with Parade magazine, the A-list actor said, “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. 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. 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.”

When he was met with harsh criticism for dissing America’s Sweetheart, he apologized to her in a statement that obtained exclusively. “It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend,” the statement reads.

It continues, “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.”

Although he’s said his piece and taken some of the sting out of his words, it’s only going to make Jen feel worse that she couldn’t be the excitement he needed to liven up his life, that she wasn’t enough. No matter how you look at it, it took another woman — his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star, in fact — to give his life that thrill.

The only place that silence is the best policy in such a situation is Hollywood. Jen is smart to keep her mouth shut at the moment, especially because it appears that she’s finally getting over Brad with Justin Theroux.

If you’re in a similar situation, less is definitely more. That said, you want to say something; you can’t let a slight like that go.

If an ex calls you boring or pathetic or says his life was better without you in it, simply shrug and say, ‘I totally agree. Clearly that’s why I’m not with him.’

By issuing such a small, noncommittal statement, you’re saying that not only are you over your ex completely, but that it was you who did the dumping. Even if that isn’t the case, it still sounds as if the decision to break-up was yours. How’s that for winning?


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