Monday 21 May 2018

Brad Pitt 'in a better place' after divorce from Angelina Jolie: 'The separation was very dark for him'

Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie before the split (Justin Tallis/PA)
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of 'The Mexican' at the National Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. 2/23/01. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images).
Brad Pitt will appear in the film (Jonathan Brady/PA)
That's my boy: Brad Pitt's daughter Shiloh often wears boys' clothes
Brad Pitt attends "Okja" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix)
Brad Pitt attends the premiere of Amazon Studios' "The Lost City Of Z" at ArcLight Hollywood on April 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt attends the 7th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for for J/P HRO Gala)

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Brad Pitt has finally got his life back on track after splitting from Angelina Jolie.

The 54-year-old actor went to a "dark place" when the 'Maleficent' star filed for divorce in September 2016, just two years after they married after a decade together, but has been working hard on himself and is now doing much better.

A source told People magazine: "Brad seems to be in a better place.

"The separation was very dark for him, but lately he looks healthier and happier. He seems excited about life."

Brad Pitt attends the 7th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for for J/P HRO Gala)
Brad Pitt attends the 7th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for for J/P HRO Gala)

It was recently claimed Brad has quit drinking alcohol and is doing his best to be a better man and a good father to Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11 and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

"He goes to therapy every week and is mostly interested in learning and bettering himself as a man and father," they added.

The 'World War Z' star prefers to keep things "private and safe" when he has visitation time with his children, but he would love to spend more time with them.

"Brad doesn't go out much with the kids or leave the house, but Brad would definitely like to spend more time with them than he does," the insider said.

That's my boy: Brad Pitt's daughter Shiloh often wears boys' clothes
That's my boy: Brad Pitt's daughter Shiloh often wears boys' clothes

"He prefers to keep things very private and safe. It's his sanctuary and just being there is where he finds peace. He has projects around the house and is always making things or changing things around."

Last May, the 'Fury' actor admitted his drinking had become a "problem" during his marriage, but he was "really happy" to have got sober.

He 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 you realise that a lot of it is, um --cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I'm running from feelings.

"I'm really, really happy to be done with all of that. 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.

Brad Pitt attends the premiere of Amazon Studios'
Brad Pitt attends the premiere of Amazon Studios' "The Lost City Of Z" at ArcLight Hollywood on April 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

"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."

But the 'Fury' actor admitted he found it harder to give up alcohol than marijuana.

He said: "I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.

"[I] didn't want to live that way anymore."

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