It’s been about 6 months since news of Brangelina’s split shocked the world.
In a recent interview with Michael Paterniti for GQ Magazine, Brad Pitt finally opened up about his high-profile divorce from Angelina Jolie and his decision to quit alcohol. The 53-year-old actor, who revealed that he just started therapy, called the chaotic past few months a “weird” time and admitted that it was “self-inflicted”.
“I do remember a few spots along the road where I’ve become absolutely tired of myself. And this is a big one. These moments have always been a huge generator for change. And I’m quite grateful for it,” he said. At one point of the interview, he added, “And it’s hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven’t been great at it.”
In September, his ex-wife Jolie filed for divorce for “the health of the family”. Pitt was allegedly involved in a serious argument on board a private jet. This prompted the FBI to investigate but Pitt has been cleared of child abuse allegations.
They then released a joint statement saying they were working with a private judge to resolve their divorce and custody over their 6 kids – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.
“We’re both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court—it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart,” he shared.
Besides that, the Oscar-winning actor discussed his decision to stop drinking. “I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know—things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again.”
He continued, “I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good. (I) Don’t want to live that way anymore.”
Fans can expect to see Pitt’s new movie, titled “War Machine”, on Netflix starting 26th May. The film is based on the late journalist Michael Hastings novel, “The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan”.