For the very first time, Brad Pitt has opened up about his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
Brad sat down in an extremely rare interview with GQ Style and nothing was off limits. The actor bravely admitted it was caused due to his drinking problem.
In the interview, Brad reveals his drinking problem became “too much” after spending a lifetime of cutting himself off emotionally from others.
Brad also explained the divorce process as feeling like a “death”.
Back in September last year, Angelina shocked the world when she filed for divorce.
The announcement came just five days after an alleged argument between Brad and their 15-year-old son Maddox occurred on their family’s private jet. It was so intense, the incident was investigated by the FBI.
Thankfully, Brad can now see that he had a problem and he’s gone to therapy and admitted the divorce was “self-inflicted”.
The 53-year-old told the magazine, “I hit the lottery and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits. The split was self-inflicted ... If you love someone, set them free. Now I know what it means, by feeling it. It means to love without ownership. It means expecting nothing in return. It doesn’t mean f@#$ all to me until, you know. Until you live it.”
Since September, Brad has quit drinking after realising the damage it created.
He added, “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 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."
Fans have been very quick to point out that Brad has also lost a lot of weight and they have expressed their concerns for the actor, but it seems there’s nothing to worry about.
It is all the transition of Brad getting his life back on track.
Thankfully, the abuse charges have also been cleared, but in saying that it did hit him quite hard when he was first questioned.
He added to GQ Style, “I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called. And you know, after that, we’ve been able to work together to sort this out.
“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.”
Both Angelina and Brad’s biggest priority is and always has been their children, but they know that there's still a rough road ahead.
Brad continued, “There’s a lot to tell them because there’s understanding the future, there’s understanding the immediate moment and why we’re at this point, and then it brings up a lot of issues from the past that we haven’t talked about. So our focus is that everyone comes out stronger and better people — there is no other outcome.”
We are so glad that everyone is finally in a good place and hope they can work things out as a family.