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- Brad Pitt revealed in an interview with the New York Times that he recently spent a year and a half in Alcoholics Anonymous.
- The “Ad Astra” star implied that his split from Angelina Jolie in 2016 motivated him to get sober.
- “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges,” he said.
- “You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” Pitt added of his all-male recovery group. “It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself.”
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Brad Pitt revealed that, following his split from Angelina Jolie, he spent a year and a half in Alcoholics Anonymous.
“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges,” he recently told the New York Times.
The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star didn’t confirm Us Weekly’s report that Jolie initiated their breakup because Pitt “was drinking heavily.” He did, however, say that he’s been committed to sobriety since she filed for divorce in 2016.
“You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” Pitt said of his all-male recovery group. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”
He added: “It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself. There’s great value in that.”
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Before the divorce, there were some signals that the two had grown apart. By November 2015, Jolie freely said in interviews they had relationship issues. And in January 2016, they were reportedly “living separate lives.”
When Jolie filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences,” she asked for full physical custody of the couple’s six children: Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, John Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Knox Léon Jolie-Pitt, and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt.
Pitt committed to the starring role in his upcoming film, “Ad Astra,” around the same time.
While he declined to go into details – simply telling the Times that he “had family stuff going on” – he also said he tapped into some real-life emotions to portray a lonely astronaut, Roy McBride, who goes looking for his father in space.
“The fact is, we all carry pain, grief and loss,” Pitt said. “We spend most of our time hiding it, but it’s there, it’s in you. So you open up those boxes.”