Brad Pitt has opened up on his past struggle with alcohol, admitting while he’s not proud of some of his decisions, he ‘values the missteps’.
Sitting down in a new interview with his Legends of the Fall co-star Anthony Hopkins for Interview magazine, Brad touched on his emotions (or should we say lack of) and said he is ‘quite famously not a crier’, as well as his so-called ‘struggle with booze’, as Anthony put it.
Brad said he ‘just saw it as a disservice to myself, as an escape’, as he spoke about past ‘mistakes’.
‘I’m realising, 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,’ Brad explained.
‘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.’
Brad has previously spoken about his battle with alcohol, following his 2016 split with wife Angelina Jolie. He went on to reveal he attended a few Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to deal with the issues.
In a chat with the New York Times, he said: ‘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… It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself. There’s great value in that.’
In the deep chat with Anthony, Brad – who shares six children with Maleficent star Angie – touched on the ‘judgemental’ nature of human beings today.
To him, he believes humanity is treating one another as something ‘disposable’.
‘I think we’re living in a time where we’re extremely judgmental and quick to treat people as disposable,’ he said. ‘We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake. But the next move, what you do after the mistake, is what really defines a person.
‘We’re all going to make mistakes. But what is that next step? We don’t, as a culture, seem to stick around to see what that person’s next step is. And that’s the part I find so much more invigorating and interesting.’
Elsewhere in the chat he admitted there was a point where he hadn’t cried for ’20 years’ before finding he’s becoming more ‘moved’ by things.
‘…moved by my kids, moved by friends, moved by the news. Just moved,’ he said.
‘I think it’s a good sign. I don’t know where it’s going, but I think it’s a good sign.’
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