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Brad Pitt's pre-fame girlfriend defends her ex: 'It's hard to watch him being slaughtered'

9The FIX logo 9The FIX 10/10/2016

Elizabeth Daily Elizabeth Daily Before there was Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and other assorted A-list ladies, there was Elizabeth Daily.

She and Brad Pitt dated way back in 1989, and she came to his defence during an interview with Today Extra.

"He's just a very dignified, sweet down-to-earth man," she said. "And it breaks my heart that there's been this conflict, and [he and] the children have had to be separated."

Last month, Angelina, 41, filed for divorce from Brad, 52, after two years of marriage and 12 together. The actress has been given temporary full custody of their six children, while Brad has been granted visitation with a counsellor present.

While neither side has confirmed the reason for the split, their different parenting styles and Brad's drinking and anger issues have been named as catalysts.

Elizabeth, for one, thinks the writing has been on the wall since as far back as last year, when the now-exes co-starred in By The Sea. That flop film, directed by Angelina, chronicled the breakdown of a marriage.

"That movie that they did recently was very telling," Elizabeth said. "If you watch that movie, there was something very real about it. I just wonder if they were having some personal problems.

"They have a lot of children, and they do a lot of travelling. It's a hard life to have that kind of instability with family. I think kids like to be stable."

As Elizabeth sees it, Angelina's alleged smear campaign against Brad and her request for full physical custody of the children aren't in their best interests.

"Whatever is going on, you have to make sure you don't deface the parents of children," she explained. "It's one of the golden rules of being a parent.

"You want to make sure you treat each other with dignity and grace because whether you're having a terrible time, or you're separating, or something's going on between you, you also need to make sure you don't deface the character of a parent."

She also touched on Brad's character, which in her first-hand experience, is solid.

"He's always been a very gentle soul, a very deep, deep soul," she said, adding, "It's hard to watch him being kind of slaughtered the way he's been. It's not fair."

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