Monday 11 December 2017

Brad Pitt reveals drinking was behind Angelina Jolie split: 'I can’t remember a day since college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff'

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Brad Pitt arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Lost City of Z" at the ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Actor Brad Pitt with three of the six children he has with estranged wife Angelina Jolie – (left to right) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, and Maddox Jolie-Pitt on the red carpet in Hollywood in December 2014. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (C) with children (L-R) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent", starring Angelina Jolie, at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
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Caitlin McBride

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Brad Pitt has broken his silence on his divorce with Angelina Jolie and opened up about his problem with alcohol.

The Fury star (53) split with partner of 10 years Angelina Jolie last October after just two years of marriage, with an alleged altercation between Pitt and their 15-year-old son Maddox aboard a private plane acting as the impetus behind the split.

In a revealing interview with GQ, the Oscar-winning producer, is on the road to redemption - both personally and in the eyes of the public, seeking help from a therapist as he struggles to cope with the relationship ending.

He has quit drinking since Jolie moved out of their Beverly Hills home with their six children - Maddox, Pax (13), Zahara (12), Shiloh (10) and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - a property where he also moved out of for six weeks to avoid painful memories.

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"I hit the lottery and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits," he told the magazine. When asked if the months after the split have fel like a death, he replied "yeah" in agreement.

When asked if he had a substance problem, he said he was "boozing too much" and spoke candidly about his battle with alcohol.

"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.

"But me, personally, I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something.

Actor Brad Pitt with three of the six children he has with estranged wife Angelina Jolie – (left to right) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, and Maddox Jolie-Pitt on the red carpet in Hollywood in December 2014. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Actor Brad Pitt with three of the six children he has with estranged wife Angelina Jolie – (left to right) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, and Maddox Jolie-Pitt on the red carpet in Hollywood in December 2014. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

"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."

Since their divorce, he said he feels the responsibility to become a better father, saying: "I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them."

He and Angelina, whom he met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2004, said he was "really on my back" when child services became involved in the custody dispute, as well as an FBI investigation into child abuse, which the organisation eventually decided not to prosecute.

"No one wins in court - it's just a matter of who gets hurt worse." And it seems to be true.

Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (C) with children (L-R) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (C) with children (L-R) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent", starring Angelina Jolie, at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

"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, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart."

In February, Jolie spoke for the first time about the divorce, describing how "difficult" it is.

US actor Angelina Jolie (L) holds daughter Zahara as husband and actor Brad Pitt (C) carries son Maddox during a stroll on the seafront promenade at the historic Gateway of India, (R) outside their hotel in Mumbai, 12 November 2006.
US actor Angelina Jolie (L) holds daughter Zahara as husband and actor Brad Pitt (C) carries son Maddox during a stroll on the seafront promenade at the historic Gateway of India, (R) outside their hotel in Mumbai, 12 November 2006.

"It was a very difficult time and we are a family; we will always be a family and we will get through this time," she told BBC World News.

"Many people find themselves in this situation... We've all been through a difficult time and my focus is my children, our children, and my focus is finding this way through... We are and forever will be a family and so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer."

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