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Brad Pitt Just Opened Up About The Divorce And The Fight To Quit Drinking

by Leo Shvedsky

May 4, 2017

Brad Pitt says he’s on a mission to be a better father, and he’s willing to sacrifice his acting career to do it.

“I don't really think of myself much as an actor anymore,” the 53-year old Pitt said in an unusually revealing interview with GQ Style. “It doesn't work anymore, especially being a dad.”

Nonetheless, he has a new movie, the comedy War Machine, debuting on Netflix in May, and he said comedies are where he finds the most excitement in acting now.

Pitt said he quit drinking six months ago—“Truthfully, I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.”—and revealed that his excessive drinking played a role in his divorce from actress Angelina Jolie.

“It hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven't been great at it,” he told GQ.

Technically, Pitt only addressed Jolie once during the interview, telling writer Michael Paterniti that he should check out Jolie’s latest film. But the famously private actor acknowledged some of the rumors about what led to their split, and said it was about “owning his side of street” in terms of putting his drinking abuse behind him and being a better father to the former couple’s six children: 15-year-old Maddox, 13-year-old Pax, 12-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

“I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called,” he said. “And you know, after that, we've been able to work together to sort this out. We're both doing our best.”

“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.”

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Brad Pitt Just Opened Up About The Divorce And The Fight To Quit Drinking