As for the tabloid coverage, "It's a strange focus, isn't it? That my relationships or relationship mishaps ... take precedent over something like that. I understand it's about entertainment, but man, it's misguided a bit, isn't it?" Pitt, 41, asks Sawyer, according to excerpts made available by ABC.
"I can't get out of the press," he goes on to say. "These people can't get in the press. So let's redirect the attention a little bit. ... We have the potential to end poverty (in Africa) in our time. ... Man – I mean, what is more exciting than that? The potential's there. We gotta go for it."
Still, Pitt tells Sawyer that tabloid stories saying that his 4-1/2-year marriage ended because he wanted children and Aniston did not are "Ridiculous bull---t ... completely fabricated. You know, you find that these stories ... will turn one of us into the good guy and one of us into the bad guy. ... Most of these stories, you get probably two-percent real fruit juice and the rest is just garbage with no nutritional value."
As for what happened in the relationship, Pitt tells W magazine that couples often experience an "unidentifiable malaise. " "You don’t know what's wrong because the marriage is everything you signed up for."
So did Jolie have anything to do with the breakup? "Everyone says she's a home-wrecker, " says Sawyer in her interview. "It's a good story," responds Pitt. Suggesting "That's painful too," Sawyer is told by Pitt: "Let me speak from my experience. You know I've been in these tabloids for 14 years now. And at some point you just become a Zen master of it all."
Are he and Aniston still in touch? "Yeah," he says. "I mean, it's difficult now as we determine what the next juncture is. But yeah, always, I predict."
And the "no-read" policy he and Aniston shared regarding the tabloids reporting on them? "Now it's a no-looking policy," he answers. "There's bigger fights to fight."
He says he does want children, "absolutely. The dreams don't change. The dreams become more vivid." Would he adopt? "Oh, I don't know. I'm certainly open to it. I think it's a beautiful idea ... especially meeting these kids (in Africa) firsthand, but at this point, I don't know."
Eventually, however, he thinks starting a family "just feels like a natural progression. And, you know, anything to get the focus off myself. It's gotta be a healthy thing."