In a new interview, Brad Pitt doesn’t specifically address the very public collapse of his marriage to Angelina Jolie, or his nightmarish, ongoing, six-year legal fight over custody of their six children, but the legendary actor reveals to British GQ that the breakup of his family in 2016 prompted him to give up drinking and to eventually give up smoking.
Single again and with his brain and body cleared of substances, Pitt, 58, said he began to face some pretty hard truths about himself. In doing so, he explained he has been able to forge truly deep connections with other people and to find new meaning in his film work and in the way he engages with other kinds of art.
“I always felt very alone in my life, alone growing up as a kid, alone even out here, and it’s really not till recently that I have had a greater embrace of my friends and family,” explained Pitt, who grew up in Missouri and came to Hollywood on a whim at age 22.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony at the Konzerthaus Am Gendarmenmarkt during day five of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Cinema for Peace)
Pitt’s interview with GQ writer Ottessa Moshfegh took place in the living room of his Craftsman-style home in the Hollywood hills. The room is tastefully furnished but absent of any family photos, Moshfegh noted.
Pitt said he came to realize that he probably “spent years with a low-grade depression.”
“It’s not until coming to terms with that, trying to embrace all sides of self — the beauty and the ugly — that I’ve been able to catch those moments of joy.”
Pitt explained how emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of personal growth. “I think all our hearts are broken.”
Such comments about broken hearts and feelings of loneliness come two months after it was reported that Pitt fears he will never have much of a relationship with his six children as his custody dispute with Jolie remains unresolved. According to a source quoted by Us Weekly, the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star is under the impression that Jolie hopes the children “will want nothing to do with” him once they are of age.
This file photo taken on December 15, 2014 shows actor Brad Pitt and children Pax Jolie-Pitt (L), Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (C) and Maddox Jolie-Pitt as they arrive for the US premiere of Universal Pictures “Unbroken,” at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.( ROBYN BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Two of Pitt’s children — sons Maddox, 20, and Pax, 18 — already are adults. It’s been widely reported that Pitt and Maddox are estranged. Pitt’s other children with Jolie are daughters Zahara, 17, and Shiloh, 15, and twins, Vivienne and Knox, 13.
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