The actor defends his partner amid reports that she "manipulates" press

By Lisa Ingrassia
Updated December 10, 2008 03:00 PM

As a father of six and a partner of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt has learned to protect his brood.

So when a Rolling Stone reporter asks him in their January issue about reports that Jolie, 33, manipulates press about the Jolie-Pitt clan, he goes on the defensive.

“[The New York Times reports] are talking about not only the woman I love, but one of the people on this planet who I have the greatest respect for,” says Pitt, 44. “I think she’s as honorable as anyone I’ve ever met.”

He adds that the article in question “made Angie out to be manipulative in some way. And he’s totally missing the point. She is savvy.”

The actor, who stars in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, out on Christmas Day, says making a film centered around the theme of mortality has had a positive effect on his and Jolie’s relationship. “Angie and I do not fight anymore. If we have a flare-up, it evaporates now,” he says

Pitt jokes that his previous film Burn After Reading didn’t have such a wondrous effect for the pair: “She saw me in the gym gear and said, ‘This is the first time I can honestly say I’m not attracted to you whatsoever.'”