Don't be surprised if Brad Pitt never appears—willingly, that is—in Vanity Fair again.
If you haven't heard by now, Pitt is fuming because of a shirtless shot of him in his boxers taken by the artist Robert Wilson on VF's current cover. Pitt insists they had no rights to run the shot; VF maintains he signed a release form when he and Wilson collaborated about a year ago on a multimedia piece.
Fine. But is that the only reason Pitt is pissed at VF? Maybe not. From what I'm hearing, things soured quite some time ago. "He told them he wasn't going to work with them after the Jennifer Aniston cover," a well-placed source says.
That Aniston cover hit the stands a year ago this month. Not only is it the bestselling VF issue of all time, but it was the former Friends star's first major interview after she and Pitt called it quits. The Leslie Bennetts-penned piece wasn't exactly complimentary to Pitt. Aniston is quoted in the piece saying Pitt wasn't always there for her during the marriage and is quoted griping about Pitt: "There's a sensitivity chip that's missing."
"Brad was already mad about the Jennifer story, and then this new cover comes out," my source says. "So, it was just like one thing after the other. He says he doesn't want to work with the magazine again."
Reps for Pitt and the magazine declined to comment.