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Maybe Brad's not so bad after all.

During a recent interview with Parade, Brad Pitt revealed he had trouble "trying to pretend" his marriage to Jennifer Aniston was "something it wasn't."

But the Moneyball actor, 47, tells Us Weekly in a statement that he didn't mean to dis his ex, whom he left for Angelina Jolie in 2005.

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

During the Parade interview, the actor also raved about Jolie, 36, the mother of his six children. "One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom," Pitt gushed. "Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her."