Jennifer Aniston on Life After Brad

ByABC News via logo
August 2, 2005, 8:15 AM

Aug. 2, 2005— -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been linked on the cover of the tabloids for months with rumors about their romance, babies and possibly even wedding bells.

All the while Pitt's ex, Jennifer Aniston, has kept her dignified silence. Now the woman who was once half of Hollywood's golden couple is speaking out for the first time in the September issue of Vanity Fair.

Leslie Bennetts, who spent three weeks in Malibu and Chicago with Aniston, joined "Good Morning America" to talk about the article, which hits stands on Wednesday in New York and L.A. and Tuesday, Aug. 9, nationwide.

"I think it's been a terrible six or eight month for her," Bennetts said. "There has been one provocation after another."

Brad and Jen were anointed as the king and queen of Hollywood in an appropriately lavish wedding in 2000 with 50,000 flowers and a 40-member gospel choir.

For 4½ years, they made their fans believe that true love can really last between mega stars. But the fairy tale came crashing to the ground in February when the couple filed for divorce, amid swirling rumors that the marriage failed because Aniston didn't want children and Pitt had fallen for his "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-star, Jolie, whom Aniston met once on the set of "Friends."

Aniston was quick to put some of the rumors to rest.

"I've never in my life said I don't want to have children," she said. "I did and I do and I will!"

Aniston said Pitt "checked out of the marriage" after filming "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" with Jolie, but she still believes he did not cheat on her while they were together.

"I choose to believe my husband," Aniston said. "At this point, I wouldn't be surprised by anything, but I would much rather choose to believe him."

Nevertheless, the constant reports of Pitt and Jolie's romance continue to hurt Aniston.

"There is a sensitivity chip that's missing [from Brad]," Aniston said of Pitt's decision to pose for a sexy photo shoot with Jolie in W magazine.

During their months together, Bennett observed "sighs" and "glum" expressions from Aniston. But she also saw signs of her humor shining through.