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.

Brad Pitt chats break-up, drinking problems and moving forward

 "(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.   

Brad Pitt chats break-up, drinking problems and moving forward

"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."

Brad Pitt chats break-up, drinking problems and moving forward