Brad Pitt has opened up for the first time about his split from wife Angelina Jolie.
The actor was interviewed for GQ Style’s summer issue, for which three different covers of him are available.
Pitt spoke about his shortcomings, his struggle with alcohol and what the high-profile breakup means for their six children in the interview. He mentioned his estranged wife's name only once in the interview, saying the interviewer “should see Angie's film” in relation to her movie First They Killed My Father.
He revealed that he has given up alcohol as he “was boozing too much.” “It’s just become a problem,” he said. “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 added, “Truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.”
The actor said he doesn’t “want to live that way anymore” and now sticks to cranberry juice and fizzy water.
“For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street,” he said. “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.”
Pitt said he crashed on a friend’s floor in Santa Monica following his split with Jolie because it was “too sad” to be at the home where his children spent much of their time. He fears for his kids after the details of his custody battle were all over the media.
“I worry about… my kids, being subjected to it, and their friends getting ideas from it,” he said. “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.”