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Brad Pitt Talks Quitting Drinking, His Split From Angelina Jolie & Custody of His Kids in New Interview

Brad Pitt Talks Quitting Drinking, His Split From Angelina Jolie & Custody of His Kids in New Interview

Brad Pitt is looking very sexy on the new covers for GQ Style magazine’s new issue.

Here’s what the 53-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On quitting drinking: “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….Truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good…. [I] don’t want to live that way anymore.”

On his public split from Angelina Jolie: “I worry about it more for my kids, being subjected to it, and their friends getting ideas from it. And of course it’s not done with any kind of delicacy or insight—it’s done to sell. And so you know the most sensational sells, and that’s what they’ll be subjected to, and that pains me.”

On the last couple months with his divorce proceedings: “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….It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart. If anyone can make sense of it, we have to with great care and delicacy, building everything around that… Our focus is that everyone come out stronger and better people — there is no other outcome. I see it happen to friends — I see where the one spouse literally can’t tell their own part in it, and it’s still competing with the other in some way and wants to destroy them, and needs vindication by destruction, and just wasting years on that hatred. I don’t want to live that way.”

On his tendency to take things too far: “For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street. I’m an asshole when it comes to this need for justice. I don’t know where it comes from, this hollow quest for justice for some perceived slight. I can drill on that for days and years. It’s done me no good whatsoever. It’s such a silly idea, the idea that the world is fair. And this is coming from a guy who hit the lottery, I’m well aware of that. I hit the lottery, and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits.”

For more from Brad, visit GQ.com.

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  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    This interview is heartbreakingly honest. I am so glad for it.

  • whodunit?

    Alcoholism is a bit.ch. it ruins so many families and friendships. Glad he’s getting healthy. I lived with an alcoholic for a few years and I’m still recovering from that rollercoaster ride.

    I wish nothing but the absolute best for this family and want them to all come out stronger.

  • plez

    I see where the one spouse literally can’t tell their own part in it, and it’s still competing with the other in some way and wants to destroy them, and needs vindication by destruction, and just wasting years on that hatred. I don’t want to live that way.
    ———–
    Sorry trolls. Sorry tabs. Brad and Angelina aren’t going to give to drama you want. Fans should remember this the next time they read a tab story. These so called sources aren’t sources at all.

  • surreal

    Cool photos.

    He’s taking responsibility and knows he has to change.

    I wish them all the best.

  • Beck

    The saddest line to me was the part about starting a fire every day so there would be a feeling of life in the house. I’m glad he also has Jacques.

  • Beck

    The saddest line to me was the part about starting a fire every day so there would be a feeling of life in the house. I’m glad he also has Jacques.

  • persononhere

    interesting that so many people shouted that he couldn’t possibly be a drunk/druggie and he all but admits it himself. i think he got out of control too often and she was trying to protect her kids from those influences. how funny that he bad guy was actually the media good guy and the bad girl turned her life around. they both seem like nice people though, shame it didn’t work

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Here all.

    Well, I did one read through, and this was well done.

    I have to give kudos s to the journalist. He didn’t seem interested in salacious gossip details, and I think that’s one of the reasons Brad opened up more than normal.

    GQ killed me with the hype, cause you know this is not what people are expecting.

    I wonder when the interview took place because Brad emphasizes that he is in the “middle.”

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Exactly.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    I think they both get that in this scenario, it’s about the kids. It’s not about “winning”. It’s not about how you feel about the other person. It’s about the kids, because they didn’t ask for this.

  • plez

    On a superficial note I wish we could have seen more of the tats.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-6GlYwXgAAVyew.jpg
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-6F4snWAAARisZ.jpg
    Video of the photoshoot.

    Brad Pitt Takes An Epic Road Trip Through America’s National Parks http://video.gq.com/watch/brad-pitt-takes-an-epic-road-trip-through-america-s-national-parks via @GQMagazine

  • ali7

    I think took place remember when the bad pics with the shorter Dailyfail posted that said Brad was gaunt, so meaning at the end of March give or take.

  • rubie

    VERY WISELY PUT!!!!!!!!!!!! This is GROWTH, this is maturity, when we can all think this way, however, thinking is the first step , ACTING ON IT, That’s SUCCESS…I wish him and his family the best and may they all grow from it 😊 He has FANS that Love him and Angelina both, so work it out….for the kids.

  • Beedyq

    Think that situation has improved somewhat with the kids being with him more often now.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    And how sweet to urge that journalist to see Angie’s movie.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Might be right, I think they have to go to press at least thirty days before release.

  • Beedyq

    Middle seems to be the operative word here because he speaks of what he needs to do with himself and for the kids, and not that those goals have been reached.

    Luv the shoutout he gave Angie and FTKMF. If nothing else I think they will be able to have a peaceful relationship.

    His tats are ever growing in # it seems. And he still has the one with all their initials on his forearm, his family.

    A real journalist who asked real questions, what a breath of fresh air.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    I am a little surprised the journalist didn’t ask a little more about how things are between he and Angie.

    I was also surprised that this isn’t the coda I expected.

  • surreal

    Thx for posting these photos.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Thanks.

  • Beck

    Probably true, but it still broke my heart a little to read that.

  • Sarri

    For the people who want to watch the Today clip:

    Brad Pitt opens up about his split with Angelina Jolie, quitting drinking

    http://www.today.com/popculture/brad-pitt-opens-about-his-split-angelina-jolie-quitting-drinking-t111059

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Did they interview him, or just talk about the article?

  • Beedyq

    Not a coda at all. More like an interval I think.

    Brad might not have wanted to talk about where he and Angie are “at” right now….A fluid situation perhaps……Who knows.

  • Sarri

    It’s about the GQ interview.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    I can just imagine going from six noisy kids/teenagers, to nothing. That is very jarring. It might be nice for a little bit……….but after a while, when it’s not what you want, not what you are used to….it’s creepy and lonely.

  • LittlePaperStars

    Im so glad he’s getting better and working on himself, for the kids if for no other reason, and they are the reason he needs to wake up every day. Good for him and damn, 53, looks good on him.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    LOL I stopped the video after the song came on. Not today.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Oh I see.

  • Beedyq

    Mine too and I can imagine how down his days have been. Bikes still in the rack, pool toys, reminders of what he is missing.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Yeah, I thought I might get a better sense of where they are now, but not really.

    But I also have to keep in mind that he’s not about to tell any of us all of his business.

    Welp, lol, I guess it’s back to waiting on court filings.

  • Beedyq

    Looks like he was crying in one pic, raw emotions, never seen this in this man. His heart is with his family. No denying that. Glad he has found a therapist he has faith in. He is determined to be a better person.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Okay, now on a superficial level, his body is looking right in some of those shots.

    I also wished the journalist has followed up and asked him what he’s going to focus on more if acting is not his primary.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    LOL

    I am sure now we are going to get the gossip “insiders” to tell us what Brad really said.

  • Beedyq

    Thinking those won’t appear until the shared goal of them all being stronger is achieved….

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    I have popcorn! I wanna know what Lainey is going to say about Brad plugging Angelina’s movie, lol.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    I think so too, although I don’t really get why. But sometimes that distinction is important to people? IDK.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Yesss, my petty sister.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if she doesn’t mention it.

    Doesn’t fit in with her garbage scenario.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Petty me partly brought that up cause I know the trolls are lurking.

  • Beedyq

    Of course they are and most have to be beyond pissed LOL

  • Beedyq

    Maybe because neither is ready yet.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Gurl, if you’ve got them on block, then you missed the most glorious unspooling on the last thread and this one.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    LOL they need to pull the bandaid off FOR ME.

  • Beedyq

    Don’t intend to let them and their rantings seep into my brain cells so yeah they are on BLOCK.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    LOL

    You may just need to wear that for a little while longer.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria

    I might resort to VOODOO.

  • Dawne

    They didn’t ask him about how his family ..’rents and siblings reacted and how they are supporting him.

  • Jo

    Alcoholism can killed a person !
    Glad he is in therapy, and this divorce is actually a wake-up call before alcoholism take his life .

  • http://www.amazon.com/Aubrey-Anderson/e/B01BHC8VMI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1466893529&sr=8-1 Lady Valeria
  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Maybe the journalist thinks that there are areas that he, the journalist, didn’t want to get into.

    He didn’t ask him about how things are between he and Angie.

    I just got the sense he was keeping a tight focus.