May 27, 2020

Brad Pitt Opens Up About Alcoholism and Recovery

“I know I'm just in the middle of this thing now — not at the beginning or at the end, just smack-dab in the middle. And I don't want to dodge any of it.”

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It came as a shock when Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorced after two years of marriage and 12 years together. In a recent interview with GQ, Pitt reveals why it wasn't a shock to him.

“Truthfully, I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka,” Pitt said. “I was a professional. I was good. I was boozing too much … It's just become a problem.”

In September 2016, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI launched an investigation after they were informed of “a child welfare” incident involving Pitt on a private jet. Less than a week after that incident, Jolie filed for divorce and requested sole physical custody of their six children.
 
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“For me this period has been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street,” Pitt said. “I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something. … And I'm running from feelings.
 
“I'm really, really happy to be done with all of that,” Pitt continued. “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.
 
“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,” he said. “I think that's part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”
 
Pitt's next film, War Machine, a satire based on the incidents surrounding the firing of General Stanley McChrystal, is on Netflix May 26.
 
 

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