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Brad Talks About His Drinking Issues

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In a new interview, Brad Pitt reveals he turned to booze to escape his problems after his breakup three years ago from his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie. There were also rumors that his drinking was one reason why they split.

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Pitt spoke about his issues with fellow actor Anthony Hopkins for Interview magazine.

“I’ve read you had a struggle with booze and all that,” Hopkins said to him.

“Well, I just saw it as a disservice to myself, as an escape,” Pitt said.

Pitt has also said that he would abuse drugs and alcohol almost every day, and that he couldn't remember "when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something... since I got out of college."

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Pitt says in a September interview with The New York Times that he spent time in Alcoholics Anonymous to get sober.

“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges,” he said.

Got the Help He Needed

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There, Pitt apparently found some healing after hearing others talk about their own problems with drinking.

“You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard. It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”

Seeing the Good Things In Life

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But now Pitt says he can find beauty in his embarrassments and in his mistakes.

He told Hopkins:

“I’m realizing, as a real act of forgiveness for myself for all the choices that I’ve made that I’m not proud of, that I value those missteps, because they led to some wisdom, which led to something else.

You can’t have one without the other. I see it as something I’m just now getting my arms around at this time in my life. But I certainly don’t feel like I can take credit for any of it.”

So you’re embracing all your mistakes. You’re saying, 'Let’s be our foibles, our embarrassment. There’s beauty in that.’ ”

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