Brad Pitt Quits Drinking, Compares Divorce From Angelina Jolie to “Death”
In his first interview since his split from the A-list actress in August 2016, the actor likened his divorce to "death" and admitted to a drinking problem in the months following his very public breakup.
In an interview with GQ Style, the Allied star got candid about how he blamed himself for his marriage crumbling, admitting his divorce was "self-inflicted."
"I hit the lottery and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits," he said.
When GQ Style asked Brad if his divorce felt like grieving a "death," the father of six responded with "yeah."
He also spoke about how he tried his hardest to cling onto his marraige at first but eventually felt like he had to let go.
"If you love someone, set them free. Now I know what it means, by feeling it," he said.
"It means to love without ownership. It means expecting nothing in return. It doesn't mean f–k all to me until, you know. Until you live it."
The Fury star also revealed a heavy drinking problem in the months following his divorce. Brad, who admitted he is now sober after his alcoholism, said he took advantage of the couple's winery, Chateau Miraval, to cope with his split.
"Truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good," he said.
"[I] don't want to live that way anymore."
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button star spoke about how he quit most of his bad habits after he started a family but drinking was the one vice he couldn't shake.
"I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something," he said.
"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."
The former soap opera star, who admitted he went through therapy to fix his drinking problem, also said he's currently seeing a therapist with Angelina to work out problems in their family.
In the weeks following his divorce, the actor was investigated by the F.B.I. and Child Services for physical abuse of his children. The investigation was spurred by an alleged altercation aboard a plane between Brad and his 15-year-old son, Maddox.
The altercation, which allegedly involved Brad's drinking, was also reportedly Angelina's final straw to file for divorce.
The Thelma and Louise star, who admitted his drinking problem and erratic work schedule caused a wedge between him and his kids, revealed the family is in a happier place now after attending counseling together.
"I say that as someone who's let the work take me away. Kids are so delicate," he said.
"They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I'm not hearing. I want to be better at that."
However, Brad, who described himself as "emotionally retarded," admitted he "hasn't been great" at proving to his kids that he still cares.
"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," he said.
In the immediate month-and-a-half following his divorce, the Fight Club star stayed at director David Fincher's house in Santa Monica to sort out his emotions.
Brad also spoke about how his and Angelina's legal teams are putting their differences aside to work together to provide a happy atmosphere for their children.
"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,' he said.
'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," he continued.
"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."
The Inglourious Basterds star also reportedly had a recent dinner with his six children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins, Vivienne and Knox, both 8 — for the first time in seven months.
"It was total chaos, as the kids all wanted to eat different things, and Brad was grateful to have a chef who accommodated all of their requests," an inside told In Touch.
While Angelina, who currently holds sole custody of the kids, allowed Brad to have dinner with them alone, the actress insisted on Brad bringing along the family's nannies to work as a buffer between him and his children.
"[The divorce] is still in the process of being resolved," a source told Entertainment Tonight. "'Brad knows Angelina is a really good mom."
Another sign the family seems to be working things out is Angelina's recent move back to Hollywood, where Brad resides.
According to E! News, the actress recently purchased a $25 million home in Los Feliz to be closer to Brad and bridge the gaps in their broken family.
Congrats to Brad and Angelina for reaching a happier place.