Is this why Brad Pitt didn't attend George Clooney's nuptials to Amal Alamuddin?

George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin in one of the glitziest celebrity weddings of all time at the weekend, but there were a couple of shocking absentees on the guest list – where the heck were his close buddies Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt?

It turns out Mr Jennifer Garner couldn’t get out of promoting his new film Gone Girl in New York to fly out to the big do in Venice, Italy, while Angelina Jolie‘s new hubby may have given the answer away in a recent interview.

Brad Pitt has recently been seen filming his new movie with Ange in Malta, so perhaps he couldn’t tear himself away from his private family life to face flashbulbs at the star-studded wedding of the year.

‘I have to say no all the time. No is the most powerful word in the business. You’ve got to protect yourself. To leave home, it’s got to be worth leaving. It’s got to be worth it,’ he tells the latest issue GQ about choosing his work projects wisely.

Although self-confessd ‘snobbish’ Brad was referring to picking and choosing directors, it looks like his own wife couldn’t give him the day off for gorgeous George, as she’s the one directing By The Sea, due out 2015!

The pair have relocated all six of their kids as they work abroad.

‘I’ve been slowing down for a while now. And slowly transitioning to other things. And, truthfully, I do want to spend more time with my kids before they’re grown up and gone,’ he continued.

In the November issue of the British publication, Brad speaks candidly about his friendship with George after his pal labelled him ‘unreachable’.

‘Well, you know, George is extremely accessible. He’s one of our best representatives. He’s funny as s**t. He’s a joy to be around. I guess maybe I’m more of a miserable b*****d. [laughs],’ he went on about his Ocean’s 11 co-star.

‘I’m a bit of a loner you know? I’m more quiet by nature. And coming from, you know, hillbilly country, I’m probably more reserved.’

When asked if he was happy, Brad had a cool reply for that too.

‘I’ve always believed happiness is overrated, you know?’ he revealed. ‘It’s those difficult times that inform the next wonderful time, and it’s a series of trade-offs, of events, of wins and losses.’

Vaguely adding about the institution of marriage: ‘I wouldn’t say [marriage is] just a title. There’s more to it than that.’

Gosh Brad tell us more! Maybe that’s why it took him so long to say ‘I do’ to Angelina.

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