Brad Pitt Was A ‘Professional’ Drinker Before His Split With Angelina Jolie. Now He’s Clean
Brad Pitt claims he “could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka,” but he gave up booze ever since the alleged fight between him and his son that led to an FBI investigation and the unraveling of his marriage with Angelina Jolie.
In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with GQ Pitt discussed his very public split with Angelina Jolie, how it’s been on their kids, why he doesn’t get into politics and the reason he decided to get off the bottle.
“I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground,” he said. “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 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 realize 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,” the actor admitted.
Pitt gave up a lot of his old vices a while ago, but alcohol was the last one he felt the need to kick. He went through “two therapists to get to the right one” and gave a simple answer when asked why: “Don’t want to live that way anymore.”
“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. 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,” Pitt said. “I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”
The 53-year-old star admitted to having a really tough time with his split from Jolie last fall, but it seems the toughest thing for him was the big empty house without his kids. But it sounds like Pitt and Jolie are working things out in a civil manner for the sake of their family.
“I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called,” Pitt told GQ. “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,” he realized.
“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.”
Pitt didn’t take the bait when it came to politics. When asked whether he ever felt the need to be more political, he turned the question around.
“I can help in other ways. I can help by getting movies out with certain messages. I’ve got to be moved by something—I can’t fake it,” Pitt said. “I grew up with that Ozarkian mistrust of politics to begin with, so I just do better building a house for someone in New Orleans or getting certain movies to the screen that might not get made otherwise.”