Angelina Jolie has hit back at claims she had an affair with Brad Pitt - saying she would never sleep with a married man. The Oscar-winning beauty - who was last week accused of having phone sex with the Hollywood heartthrob, which was said to have ended his marriage to Jennifer Aniston - admits that she did become close to Brad during the filming of their movie 'Mr and Mrs' but insists their relationship was purely platonic. She reportedly told a close friend: "I've been painted as the Wicked Witch of the West and a marriage wrecker. But all I've been to Brad is a shoulder to cry on. Half the world believes we had an affair and I'm the one to blame for his split. But the truth is I was there to try and help him through his pain." Angelina, who has an adopted son, Maddox, also allegedly told her friend that she was comforting Brad over his disappointment at not having the much-longed for baby he wanted with Jennifer. Her friend is quoted in Britain's Daily Star on Sunday newspaper as saying: "She's admits they became very close but they didn't have an affair. Angie's exact words were: 'I don't and won't sleep with married men - period.' "Over Brad's desire to have a family, Angie told him that maybe Jen was holding off on parenthood because she didn't want to be an absent Hollywood mother. She gently warned him not to push Jen into motherhood."
Brad and Jennifer, who married in July 2000, announced earlier this month that they were separating after "much thoughtful consideration" but pledged to remain "committed and caring friends".
They denied claims anybody else was involved in the break-up although speculation was rife that Brad's relationship with Angelina, along with his desire to have children, had put a strain on the marriage.