Brad Pitt has claimed he was unhappy in his marriage to Jennifer Aniston as he was "trying to pretend it was something that it wasn't".
The 47-year-old actor told Parade magazine he is now a "satisfied man" with Angelina Jolie and their family of six children, but that he was not happy before he found her.
Brad revealed: "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," he added.
The Moneyball star dated Gwyneth Paltrow from 1994 to 1997 before he met Aniston, 42, in 1998. They married in 2000 and divorced five years later, after he met and fell for Angelina, 36, on the set of Mr And Mrs Smith.
Asked what had made him unhappy he said: "I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."
Brad said he believes happiness is "overrated."
He added: "I put much more emphasis on being a satisfied man. I'm satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much."
The Tree Of Life star described Angelina as "such a great mom", adding "I'm so happy to have her", and said starting a family with her was "one of the greatest, smartest things I ever did."
He added: "A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss. That's the trade-off."