Brad Pitt chats break-up, drinking problems and moving forward
We are still coming to terms with the news that Hollywood's golden couple - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - have split. And in the first interview since the separation, actor Brad Pitt gives us some light on reasons behind the divorce including a turbulent drinking problem and how the shock split was "self-inflicted".
Speaking to GQ Style, Brad admitted his drinking problem had become problematic during his marriage. "I hit the lottery and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits," he explained. He has since quit drinking straight after the break-up, and instead prefers a cranberry juice and fizzy drink.
"(It was) self-inflicted ... If you love someone, set them free. Now I know what it means, by feeling it. It means to love without ownership. It means expecting nothing in return. It doesn't mean f**k all to me until, you know. Until you live it."
"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, 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"
The 53-year-old actor explains after the sudden split he was living on a friend's floor. "It was too sad to be here at first, so I went and stayed on a friend's floor, a little bungalow in Santa Monica. I crashed over here a little bit, my friend [David] Fincher lives right here," the Moneyball star says.
"This house was always chaotic and crazy, voices and bangs coming from everywhere, and then, as you see, there are days like this: very...very solemn. I don't know."
Moving forward, Brad wants to focus on his kids as they work through visitation rights and Child services battles. "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, 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."
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