The Hollywood megastar’s interview was as raw as it gets.
Sure, it makes for beautiful scenery, but the real appeal is in the raw and rare interview in which he talks about the grievous six months since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce and the FBI investigated him for a reported altercation with his 15-year-old son.
The 53-year-old actor discussed his life post-split inside his home of more than 20 years. He revealed that he’s now seeing a therapist and balked at the idea of calling this period of his life a mid-life crisis. He’s even quit drinking, which he says was the only vice he kept after having children.
“I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something,” Pitt told GQ. “And you realize that a lot of it is, um—cigarettes, you known, pacifiers. And I’m running from feelings. I’m really happy to be done with all of that. … 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. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”
When asked specifically about his children, Pitt said: “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 jarring for the kids to suddenly have their family ripped apart."
So what gives Brad Pitt comfort now? “I get up every morning, and I make a fire,” he said. “When I go to bed, I make a fire, just because—it makes me feel life. I just feel life in this house.” He also said he’s gotten into R&B lately because it’s “embracing what’s left.” In particular, he’s a fan of Frank Ocean, who he calls “painfully honest.”