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.
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."
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.
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.”
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.’ ”