Brad Pitt Talks Parenting...And His Past With Jennifer Aniston

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As Brad Pitt looks to the future with partner Angelina Jolie and their children, he speaks openly about the friendship he still shares with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston since their divorce in 2005.

“Jen and I still maintain a deep friendship and have a lot of life together that isn’t erased in any way,” he tells V Magazine, hitting newsstands on Friday.

Brad, who sports “Old Hollywood” style on four separate covers of the magazine, adds, “The most important thing about that time was for Jen and me to figure out if — how do I put it? — if we didn’t want to go on without any outside influence. Is this where we got off? Have we taken this as far as we wanted to? Those questions had to be answered before an attraction for Angie could be answered.”

And now, while raising one biological child and three adopted children with Angelina, Brad has a new question to be answered: is it time for another kid?

At a Venice Film Festival press conference on Sunday, Brad spoke of the ups and downs of fatherhood, saying, “It’s the most fun I have ever had and also the biggest pain in the ass I have ever experienced.”

When asked by an Italian state TV reporter whether he and Angelina were ready for a fifth child, Brad replied: “Yeah, we’re ready.”

He didn’t say whether they planned another biological child or if they would adopt.

Brad was in Venice promoting his upcoming film, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” and he told reporters that having four kids “makes me much more efficient because that’s the main focus. It makes me feel when I do have time to work, I really do have to focus because there is a really short window to get something done. I am quite pleased by it all.”

But there is one specific drawback for Brad when it comes to raising four youngsters:

“I love it and I can’t recommend it any more highly,” he said, “although sleep is nonexistent.”

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