Troy star Brad Pitt has explained once again that he is still friends with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, in a move which could further anger his partner Angelina Jolie.

The Hollywood hunk, 43, told Details magazine that he still maintains a "deep friendship" with the former FRIENDS actress, despite splitting from her in 2005 when he met Angelina.

"Jen and I still maintain a deep friendship and have a lot of life together that isn't erased in any way," Brad said.

He added that the intense media speculation around Hollywood's then golden couple made matters worse, but that he didn't know how to deal with it at the time.

"I don't know how better to have handled it," he added.

"My view was, this is no one's business in the end - at least in matters of the heart.

"So you need to protect all involved as much as possible."

Brad met Angelina on the set of MR & MRS SMITH in 2004 and left Jennifer the following year.

He explained that the thing guiding him then was "you don't know how many days you have and you need life to be everything you want it to be".

06/09/2007 13:53:21