Brad Pitt on his drinking problem and divorce from Angelina Jolie

"For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street."

By Lydia Chan | Published: 4 May 2017

Brad on his divorce
Photo: Paramount Movies

Brad Pitt has finally broken his silence following his highly-publicised divorce and now-dropped alleged child abuse accusations. The actor's first post-split interview with GQ magazine sees him candidly addressing the "weird" time in his life and how he's rediscovering himself.

Here are eight things we learned about this new side of Brad Pitt and let's just say, we kind of want to give him a hug.

He's pretty lonely
"I get up every morning and I make a fire. When I go to bed, I make a fire, just because – it makes me feel life. I just feel life in this house," the actor said. Brad now mostly lives alone in the house which he formerly shared with ex-wife Angelina and their six kids.

He's a Frank Ocean fan like the rest of us
"I've been listening to a lot of Frank Ocean. I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth. He's painfully honest. He's very, very special. I can't find a bad one," the 53-year-old star said.

He's seeing a therapist
"You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one," Brad said.

He's been six months sober
"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," Brad said. As for how much he could drink, the actor continued, "Truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka."

He's taken this troubled time to restructure his life
"In the end, you find: I am those things I don't like. That is a part of me. I can't deny that. I have to accept that. And in fact, I have to embrace that. I need to face that and take care of that. Because by denying it, I deny myself. I am those mistakes."

He has a new sculpting hobby
"I'm making everything. I'm working with clay, plaster, rebar, wood. Just trying to learn the materials."

The divorce has made him want to be better for his children
"Kids are so delicate. 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," the actor said. "I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven't been great at it."

He had to learn to let go of Angelina
"The first urge is to cling on. And then you've got a cliché: 'If you love someone, set them free.' Now I know what it means, by feeling it. It means to love without ownership."

Related: Angelina Jolie speaks about her divorce for the first time
Related: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have agreed to keep their divorce private


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