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Brad changes tune after dissing marriage to Jen

The backlash over Brad Pitt bashing his marriage to ex-wife Jennifer Aniston had gotten so bad, he's had to backtrack.

The trouble started when the actor said in a magazine interview that his seemingly ideal marriage to Aniston - wasn't.

Now, though, Pitt is in damage control, reports CBS News Correspondent Elaine Quijano.

The actor is talking a lot these days about his new movie, "Moneyball" (which is generating Oscar buzz), and about his great relationship with Angelina Jolie.

Pictures: Brad Pitt
Photos: Jennifer Aniston

Life is good - and perhaps he should have stopped there.

But in Sunday's Parade magazine, the spotlight is on Pitt's past and his marriage to his ex, Aniston.

US Weekly Entertainment Director Dina Sansing says Pitt's "statements to Parade seemed clear. He wasn't happy. He was pretending in his marriage."

He says, quote, "I wasn't leading an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something it wasn't."

"This isn't the Brad Pitt that he wants everyone to see," Sansing points out. "It's not good for his career. People were saying how shallow he was, how mean he was. This is not what they expect from him."

Pitt now says his comments were misinterpreted.

"The point I was trying to make," he says in a statement, "is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself, and that, I am responsible for."

"Of course," Sansing notes, "he would love to put out a statement and have that be a period. But it's just gonna be another question mark. You can bet that the next interview he does - and he'll be being a lot because of this movie - that's the first thing they're gonna be asking about."

For Aniston fans, the damage might be irreversible.

Among recent tweets: "You're pathetic for calling your marriage to Aniston pathetic." And, Brad Pitt has been giving us reasons to dislike him since the mid '90S."

While "Moneyball" may get him an Oscar nomination, some say a Razzy would be more appropriate.

  • Elaine Quijano

    Elaine Quijano was named a CBS News correspondent in January 2010. Quijano reports for "CBS This Morning" and the "CBS Evening News," and contributes across all CBS News platforms. She is based in New York.