The actor says he “removed [his] drinking privileges.”
- Brad Pitt spent a year and a half at Alcoholics Anonymous following his 2016 split from Angelina Jolie, a new profile in The New York Times reveals.
- It was previously reported that the actor’s drinking was the cause of their breakup, although the two never explicitly confirmed that information.
- Pitt said he “had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges.”
Brad Pitt opens up about his journey to sobriety in a telling new interview with The New York Times, published today. The actor, who is now “committed” to being sober, according to writer Kyle Buchanan, spent a year and a half in Alcoholics Anonymous after ex-wife Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.
“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges,” Pitt told NYT. When his split from Jolie was making headlines, it was reported that an argument between the couple on a private jet was the final straw before the breakup. The details were conflicting—some reports said Pitt was drunk, some said he got into an argument with one of his kids—but the former spouses never publicly addressed the rumors.
The only thing Pitt told NYT about that time in his life is, “I had family stuff going on. We’ll leave it at that.”
The actor was not so guarded when it came to his experiences in AA. He felt that his group, which was made up entirely of men, was a “safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”
He added, “It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself. There’s great value in that.”
The actor also revisited his darker moments while filming his upcoming space movie, Ad Astra. “The fact is, we all carry pain, grief and loss,” he said. “We spend most of our time hiding it, but it’s there, it’s in you. So you open up those boxes.”
Ad Astra hits theaters on September 20. Watch the trailer below.