Lanford Beard
September 22, 2011 AT 03:47 PM EDT

Since the controversy surrounding his comments about his marriage to Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt has learned a lesson that would probably benefit a lot of folks in Hollywood: “Don’t talk.” Talking with Today‘s Matt Lauer, Pitt said, “I don’t wanna live on guard and I should be more on guard, I guess.” He added, “I’ve got a knack for stepping into s—.” What was Pitt really trying to say during his interview with Parade magazine, and has he spoken with Aniston since the article started a media frenzy? Find out and watch the full clip after the jump.

Pitt insisted he wasn’t talking about Aniston at all during his interview with Parade. “All I know is that my point was, the best thing I’d done as a father is be sure that my kids have a good mother,” he explained. “It has no reference to the past. And I think it’s a shame that I can’t say something nice about Angie [Jolie] without Jen being drug in. You know, she doesn’t deserve it.”

Pitt called Aniston “a dear friend” and said, “She’s good people. She, you know, there, there should be a statute of limitations on this.” When Lauer asked if Aniston called him for an explanation, Pitt revealed that he hasn’t spoken to his ex since the article hit newsstands: “She’s also a seasoned veteran.”

Clearly uncomfortable talking about his personal life, Pitt refused Lauer’s suggestion to read the comments aloud. He said he stays away from media about himself. “I live outside of that, and it’s a much healthier place to be.”

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