Brad Pitt covers GQ Style: ‘I just started therapy. I love it, I love it.’

2015 NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Upfront

Brad Pitt speaks. Brad Pitt has done his first magazine cover in… what’s probably a year or so. Brad did not do any big sit-down interviews when promoting Allied last fall, but now he’s promoting War Machine and trying to massage his image, thus he appears on the new issue of GQ Style. The editorial is striking – GQ Style took Brad to three of America’s greatest national parks, the Everglades, White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns, and that was the shoot. Brad actually looks like he was aiming for tearful and vulnerable in the photos. The actual interview was conducted at Brad’s Hollywood Hills home, which is really part of a large compound of homes that he owns in Los Feliz, having bought the surrounding properties over the years. Brad describes the home as his kids’ “childhood home.” You can read the full piece here and I would recommend it. Some highlights:

The one mention of Angelina by name: He references her Cambodia movie, First They Killed My Father, saying “You should see Angie’s film.”

On playing conceited characters: “It makes me laugh. Any of my foibles are born from my own hubris. Always, always. Anytime. I famously step in sh-t—at least for me it seems pretty epic. I often wind up with a smelly foot in my mouth. I often say the wrong thing, often in the wrong place and time. Often.”

Playing characters in pain: “Yeah, I’m kind of done playing those. I think it was more pain tourism. It was still an avoidance in some way. I’ve never heard anyone laugh bigger than an African mother who’s lost nine family members. What is that? I just got R&B for the first time. R&B comes from great pain, but it’s a celebration. To me, it’s embracing what’s left. It’s that African woman being able to laugh much more boisterously than I’ve ever been able to.

Therapy: “You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one.

Whether he would have eventually gotten to this place: “I think it would have come knocking, no matter what.

It’s not a mid-life crisis: “I do remember a few spots along the road where I’ve become absolutely tired of myself. And this is a big one. These moments have always been a huge generator for change. And I’m quite grateful for it. But me, personally, I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something. And you realize that a lot of it is, um—cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I’m running from feelings. I’m really, really happy to be done with all of that. I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know—things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.

Drinking wine: “I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good…. [now I] Don’t want to live that way anymore…. But the terrible thing is I tend to run things into the ground. That’s why I’ve got to make something so calamitous. I’ve got to run it off a cliff. I do it with everything, yeah. I exhaust it, and then I walk away. I’ve always looked at things in seasons, compartmentalized them, I guess, seasons or semesters or tenures or…

His weaknesses: “For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street. I’m an a–hole when it comes to this need for justice. I don’t know where it comes from, this hollow quest for justice for some perceived slight. I can drill on that for days and years. It’s done me no good whatsoever. It’s such a silly idea, the idea that the world is fair. And this is coming from a guy who hit the lottery, I’m well aware of that. I hit the lottery, and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits.

Staring himself down: “Sitting with those horrible feelings, and needing to understand them, and putting them into place. In the end, you find: I am those things I don’t like. That is a part of me. I can’t deny that. I have to accept that. And in fact, I have to embrace that. I need to face that and take care of that. Because by denying it, I deny myself. I am those mistakes. For me every misstep has been a step toward epiphany, understanding, some kind of joy…. And by the way: There’s no love without loss. It’s a package deal.

He wasn’t raised to discuss his emotions: “I come from a place where, you know, it’s strength if we get a bruise or cut or ailment we don’t discuss it, we just deal with it. We just go on. The downside of that is it’s the same with our emotion. I’m personally very retarded when it comes to taking inventory of my emotions. I’m much better at covering up. I grew up with a Father-knows-best/war mentality—the father is all-powerful, super strong—instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles. And it’s 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.”

Being investigated by Child Services: “It was all that for a while. I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called. And you know, after that, we’ve been able to work together to sort this out. 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. 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. If anyone can make sense of it, we have to with great care and delicacy, building everything around that.

The narrative: “What did Churchill say? History will be kind to me: I know because I’ll write it myself. I don’t really care about protecting the narrative. That’s when I get a bit pessimistic, I get in my oh-it-all-goes-away-anyway kind of thinking. But I know the people who love me know me. And that’s enough for me.

Setting Angelina free: “And then you’ve got a cliché: “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. But it sounds good written. It sounds good when Sting sings it. It doesn’t mean f-ck-all to me until, you know—Until you live it. That’s why I never understood growing up with Christianity—don’t do this, don’t do that—it’s all about don’ts, and I was like how the f-ck do you know who you are and what works for you if you don’t find out where the edge is, where’s your line? You’ve got to step over it to know where it is.

[From GQ Style]

There is so much in this interview that I didn’t even get to because there was so much I wanted to excerpt. At the beginning of the piece, Brad refers to his current situation as “self-inflicted” and throughout the interview, he’s taking the blame consistently and yet… managing to not be specific at all about what he actually did. The alcohol was clearly a huge problem, but he’s making references to his anger and realizing that he has become what he hated and more. I don’t know. I think he comes across well here, but I also think he comes across like a movie star who has been one of the most PR-savvy men on the planet for decades.

2015 NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Upfront

2015 NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Upfront

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  1. nemera77 says:

    It was a good interview and I think it shows that he is trying to make things better. From what he said he and Angie are working to do that. So I don’t see how this can be twisted into anything else. Time to move on and let them work this out how they need to for their family.

    • V4Real says:

      It’s still not enough for some. They still feel that Brad owes them an explanation to what happened on that plane. AJ, knows what happened and if she has decided that she doesn’t want to expose what took place why do her fans feel that Brad needs to tell them. Maybe AJ doesn’t want it out there so do they want Brad to go against her wishes to soothe their own curiosity.

      • Lady D says:

        I don’t need to know what happened on that plane, but it could it be because she is still taking all the blame for what happened. Have you read what they are saying about their oldest boy? Angie is a big girl and can take care of herself, but he’s a kid. He could do something about what they are saying about him.

      • Craven says:

        @LadyD With respect, who exactly is still talking about that played out “news”? Comments sections and low tier blogs? I’m on the internet all day and I follow silly celebrity gossip and even for me that stuff is still off grid for me. Why are you seeking it out? In any case, the internet is built on hate. Short of threatening to sue commenters, theres nothing he could say that would end petty attacks on Maddox. People like to type crap. People will continue to type crap. The end.

      • YepIsaidit says:

        I don’t think that’s it at all. It’s his fans who couldn’t believe he was the bad guy and Angelina was not being a scorned wife – Now after he basically admitted he was the one who caused the mess and needed to set Angelina free maybe they’ll admit it too. Doubt it. Sure they’ll flip themselves into knots trying to blame her and her kids for his problems.

        He still doesn’t have joint custody. Angelina was very strong for doing what she had to do for her children. Since he gets to talks and use all that therapy jumbo jumbo – I can’t wait for Angelina to do an interview.

      • L says:

        @ YEPISAIDIT: Spot on.

      • Lilly says:

        Yes, it’s almost the mea culpa her fans were after, but I think they are unlikely to let it go. They were sold a dream and they bought it and invested heavily, and somebody has to take the blame when the dream doesn’t live up to the reality.

        I get the feeling he’s moved on from their relationship now. The therapy, the weightloss, the artwork.

        I suspect a new lady is going to get rolled out soon… Has he ever been single for long?

      • AlmondMilk says:

        +1000 @yepIsaidit

        I think we are all able to read between the lines and see what we knew to be true all along. Brad effed up monumentally, and it had been a long time coming. Like a melting polar ice cap. Casual observers can’t really see it happening but when it breaks off here come the tsunamis. As Brad inferred, he apparently ‘stepped over a line,’ and got backhanded into reality.

        Here’s what i take issue with. Thank goodness he decided to throw out a few micro subtle oh so vague micro hints that allow people to decipher that Angelina is not actually the real Maleficent. But in my opinion it’s not nearly enough. He knows how misogyny works, particularly towards Angelina. He knows how this works:1) he is the golden boy. A man who will always be given the benefit of the doubt. Embraced and excused for his own failings, if he wanted to subtly encourage sympathy and slide some public. rancor Angelina’s way…all he need to is play the pitiful card and muddy the backstory. Some people are all too happy to wrongly fill in the blanks and have Angelina making the CS call and spewing the ‘vitriolic hatred.’ and he knows this. His people know it too. He never did have to do much. Which is why he’s giving the bare minimum now.

        Angelina, as always in the face of ‘the narrative’ is on her own.

        It’s funny when he spoke of ‘the narrative, ‘ how easily he accepted what we all know to be true: that HIS narrative is always going to be positive and perfect and golden besieged by the crazy and beautiful vampire, helpless in the face of addiction, emotions and feelings. He responds saying he doesn’t care about maintaining that narrative ( even as he plays his cards close to the vest, conscious of image still, and owning almost nothing, contrary to what he said).

        Yet the stark reality that he doesn’t see and /or acknowledge (addicts are famously self absorbed) is that ‘the narrative,’ for some people and many tabloid/gossip media outlets regarding Angelina, is THE OPPOSITE of his. So while her strategy is the same as his (ignore it, don’t play to it, brush it off) it’s decidedly a bigger and much more difficult challenge for the woman- for Angelina, to attempt to ignore.

        What’s apparent is, much like many of his interviews over the last 12-13 years, he’s not helping…or lets say, he’s helping very little.

        I once thought an Affleck mea culpa was inevitable from him- the ‘I’m a drunken/stoned bum who never deserved her, please forgive me’- variety. That he had to of course want to even the ‘narrative’ playing field for his children’s mother. That he’d jump at the chance after all he’s put them through. But as I’ve come to expect, as usual he’s MIA when it counts.

        He’s too husky painting the therapy as his idea, only for self learning of course. The kids are barely mentioned except when he says it was ‘jarring to have the family ripped apart.’

        But whatever he did…wasn’t “jarring?!!”

        Mmkay Brad.

      • Debs says:

        Perfectly said, AlmondMilk.

        The fact that I’m GRATEFUL that he didn’t throw the mother of his children under the bus says it all for how much we knew it was within his power to totally bury her. Because THAT’S how much the public wants to be able to blame her and cling to their “Angelina temporarily seduced Brad to the dark side and now he’s climbing back to the light” narrative.

      • AlmondMilk says:

        Gosh @Debs. This was a perfect post – thank you. +1000 and so true. We see evidence of that narrative all through this thread.

      • Bap says:

        The media needs to stop blaming Angelina, now that some of the truth has come out from him.

      • Carmen says:

        Well, I have three questions:

        1) Was Brad’s head so far up his own a** that he really couldn’t see that his marriage was falling apart?

        2) How many warnings did Angie give him before she finally said enough is enough?

        3) was Brad really stupid enough to think Angie would put up with his BS forever?

      • norah says:

        Maybe because he kept quiet while people were blaming her and dissing her for everything. brad gets a pass because he waited till things were more settled before he takes the blame. where was he when it was happening? he cd have been honest earlier but once again it is on his terms. She did what she thought was best – he just kept quiet and made her out to be the bad guy.

    • tracking says:

      +1

    • friend of says:

      I so look forward to him getting a new relationship and truly moving on. He’s owned up to his part in the breakup. He was drinking and not working on the problems. In my opinion and after reading all of her many, many interviews, she is a complicated person who comes across as totally controlling and and is no doubt a difficult person to live with. But, he knew that when he married her. For sure. Now, he’s stopped fighting for custody, apparently. He will let the kids live with her and visit him. He’s bought her a house close by, and given her keys to the house of the kids childhood. His home in los feliz. All the kids can come and go and live between the two of them. I doubt Angie ever goes back there. Why should she want to? Now he’s done everything that he can do. So, now its time for him to really, really move on and find new love. At least start dating and stop waiting. New love is certainly available for him. New love, new family, new life. I want to see that. Both of them moving on. She to whatever it is she wants and him to a real homelife and family. He can carry all that he has learned into a new relationship and make a happy life for himself and his new family. His older children will find their place. I’m sure he will always welcome them.

      • Lady D says:

        “New love, new family, new life.” Really, throw the old family in the past and move on? Why is it so important that he “really really move on,” and start dating? He doesn’t need a new relationship to move on. You make it sound like it is imperative he find a new woman now! As for him moving on to a “real homelife and family.” …’cause what he had with her was just a 12-year trial run for his “real” family? And the “she to whatever she wants” because she has never shown an interest in having a family, has she? He might actually benefit from staying single for a while. Why such a rush to get him hooked up?

      • Des says:

        So much toxic bullshit in this one comment. Wow. This is why men feel they can just up stakes and move on with a “new family” when the old one didn’t work out. Fuck the kids – they’ll “find their place”.

      • Paige says:

        Angie bought her and the kids a house. He didn’t buy her a house.
        And your logic that he needs to move on like ‘right now’ move on doesn’t sound like a good thing to do at the moment. Obviously he’s going through some issues and ones that should have been addressed long before he met Angelina. But , since his fans believe he has to be a relationship to be happy, then maybe he should jump into another relationship and make the same mistakes as the last two or three relationships. Let the man work on his issues especially the ones with his children before getting into a new relationship. I’m sure his therapist has spoken to him about this.

        Brad and Angie are working together to do what’s best for their kids and I’m sure that doesn’t include him allowing the kids to live her so he can move on and build a new life with a new wife and kids. His kids will always be his first priority. And they will share custody.

      • SaraR. says:

        Wow! He bought her a house? Like she doesn’t have her own money? Gave her keys to his house? How, the heck, you know that?
        He needs to make another family? Wow!

      • tete says:

        That is really sad. Does his fans hate her that much or so eager to see this man flaunt a new woman in public or on a red carpet for fiction and pics that they can comment on. That is his real problem that he in so many ways addressed.
        That public figure is what got him to the point of being unbearable. Yeah some woman would love to be with him right now for the wrong reasons and I assure you it would wind up a mess and he knows that.
        I don’t feels sorry for him but he is clearly hurting and in a lot of pain. One because he doesn’t want to lose his lottery, and the other because he knows he has issues and as most addicts is afraid and doesn’t know what to do.
        I don’t know the personal but I wonder how long his wife has tried to make him get help. He seems off his rocker a bit too. Is he blaming his dad and mom for the way he was raised for his treatment of his kids. There goes the good home rearing up in smoke that his fans raked Angie about.

      • Keely says:

        Stop reading radar! She bought the house herself , you do know that Angelina has been working and supporting herself since she was 16 right. He did not give her the keys to his loz feliz home, that’s radar nonsense, the same radar that says she’s a voodoo practising witch that’s casting evil spells on him. Maybe you should think before you type, new love, new life. Yes because the last 12 years have been a mirage. @Lilly lol lol. You know that’s because of his issues right, I have no doubt he’ll have a new girlfriend soon, but you bitter Betty’s need to let your nonsense go. The gymnastics involved, she left him.

      • bap says:

        Angelina bought her new home with her own money.

      • TyrantDestroyed says:

        That comment is disgusting. Kids are not disposable things.

      • L says:

        @friendof: you serious Clark?? 🤦‍♂️

      • Ennie says:

        Why getting a divorce has to mean getting a new love?
        Not only about Brad or Angelina, I know it sells, but really, they are still entangled in getting their sh!t together and people are trying to get them paired with someone?
        One thing is to be lonely and another is to enjoy life, to me, their plates are full and still finding balance with 6 growing children to throw random dating into the mix.
        gah! I had not read the complete comment, the last part is crazy, @friend of, really?

      • Sarah says:

        Is he saying he stopped drinking in this interview? Cause wasn’t there a story about him at a hotel and putting all the extra wine in his car the next day?
        And just as a very shallow thing to notice, he isnt handsome anymore. What a shame. He was beautiful.

      • norah says:

        so that is quick to dump his wife and his 6 kids and find a new love. because she is ” complicated” – and this is by reading her interviews? i sincerely hope he does find someone else just like i hope angelina finds someone else too.

      • cat23 says:

        Yeah, he was definitely abusing drugs because she was hard to live with/not providing him with a real homelife. Poor, poor Brad.
        Also, you’re sure that he’ll always welcome his own kids? Well that’s awfully generous.

    • Lilly says:

      Yes, good interview. I hope it all goes well and, yes, healing and privacy.

      • Erin says:

        I don’t really have any feelings about him, one way or the other. I don’t find him good looking…find it weird when people drool over his looks. He is aging like Robert Redford. Blondes have it rough. Of course I never thought Redford was good looking either.

  2. Boodiba says:

    Ugg those woe is me expressions. Yuck, lol.

    • Plewas says:

      Yeah , it’s a bit over the top.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      The pics look ridiculous, especially the third one. His head will soon roll off his body if he keeps on rocking the horizontal pose.
      I partly find the interview interesting and thoughtful, but also a bit whiny? I hope he stops dancing around himself and focusses all his energy on his kids (which anyway will be a challenge with the bigger ones).

      • Sarah says:

        He really needs to stop blaming anyone else, not start dating anyone and work on himself, cause he sounds like a raging alcoholic. If he just switches his attention and addiction to someone else, he wont make the changes he needs to make.

    • HeidiM says:

      He’s like one step away for Kenny Rogers with the eye lift. I’d always suspect he had been tweeted but those eye lid are almost completely new, non?

      • Felicia says:

        I don’t think so. If he did, he should ask for a refund because he needs to have it done again.

      • Ennie says:

        I don’t think he had an eyelet, maybe a little botox,but really his eyelids do look like his father’s .

    • NtSoSclBtrfly says:

      Mmmhmmm. 😒

    • Lucy2 says:

      Yeah the photos are a bit weird. I like that they are highlighting the national parks, but his expressions are just…strange.

    • Carmen says:

      The pathos in those pics… “Look what mean ole Angie did to me”. With this guy it’s always been his image before everything else.

    • Janetdr says:

      The last one especially needs “I haz a sad” across the bottom.

    • Trashaddict says:

      A) he’s lost weight. From not drinking or from being bummed out, or giving up weed?
      B) he’s in the honeymoon phase of therapy, he hasn’t gotten to the hard stuff – yet.

  3. Lenn says:

    He looks so…unhappy

    • V4Real says:

      I think that is the look he was going for. Sad is the new happy. See Affleck”s sad faces. :)

      All jokes aside I think he is sad about the break up of his family, I think both of them are.

      • Malak says:

        If both are sad about the break up of their family, isn’t there SOMETHING they can do about it???

    • DeniseMich says:

      We want one person to blame but … life is not that easy. He is in the middle of therapy. He might now see Angelina’s side and in 1 year see how he wasn’t so wrong.

      We don’t know what went wrong with them. What we do know is that he still loves her but he may not be “in love” with her.

      After a lot of failed relationships, we have to ask ourselves why me, what is wrong? I would love to hear what Angie has discovered because we all are flawed people.

      • SaraR. says:

        He might see that he wasn’t so wrong? In being an alcoholic?

      • norah says:

        or maybe brad is a drinker with anger issues? he had the issues – he had the argument on the plane – she chose to take the kids and leave for their safety and we sd feel sorry for him? I feel sad that the family is broken up but am glad for their peace of mind and their security

    • Carmen says:

      That pathetic, hangdog, “poor me” look is exactly the look he was going for. His fans eat it up.

      • GoOnGirl says:

        What is the purpose of this article? To get his side out. He’s had his PR people doing that from the beginning. I feel no pity for Pitt. This is brought about by his own doing. I have yet to hear him apologize to Angie. And at the beginning while telling everyone he did nothing wrong, he could not wait to throw her under the bus. I want him to find someone else. Someone who hopefully takes him to the ringer. Pitt is aging and not in a good way. I hope he truly finds that the grass is not greener on the other side. Wait. I know. He can now break up the Aniston-Justin marriage and marry America’s sweetheart again. Would serve him right!

  4. Paige says:

    Alcoholism destroys families. I feel for Brad but I feel for Angie and the kids more. It’s a nightmare having a husband or father who’s an alcoholic. It seems like Brad had to lose everything to realize he had a problem. I don’t blame Angie for wanting to place their children in a better environment. That’s what a good mother does.

    • L says:

      +10000000 and beyond

    • Sera says:

      Finally someone who speaks to the difficult decision Angelina had to make. I don’t think it would ha e been as abrupt if DCFS had not been involved.

    • Keaton says:

      This is how I feel as well. I definitely feel for Brad. I think he wants to be a good father to his kids. But I don’t blame Angie for one second for leaving him. I don’t understand why it’s hard for folks to believe she was thinking about their safety.

      On a different note: Someone above said that Angie is controlling and a difficult person. My guess is that Brad and Angie are *both* extremely strong willed. Brad admitted that he grew up thinking of the father as an all powerful figure that always knew best. I bet they’re both Alphas that want to be in charge and that played a role in their relationship’s disintegration.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Why is he horizontal in most of the pictures? Can’t he stand up any more?

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      “vulnerable”

    • Shambles says:

      The emotions make it hard for him to stand. There were Backstreet Boys songs playing for this whole shoot. He drank his own tears at the end.

      • doofus says:

        *DEAD*

      • jinni says:

        Real talk, looking at these pictures triggered Sarah McLachlan’s “In the Arms of an Angel” to start playing in my head. Like he can not be serious with these pictures.

      • stinky says:

        Lol!
        (no smiles allowed: click: click: beautiful: click: gimme more: more sads: click)
        Next time around it will be “Brad’s Back!” all smiles & tans.

      • cindy says:

        “emotions make it hard for him to stand”

        LOLOLOL!!!!!!

      • Sarah says:

        But did he drive away on his motorcycle, his tears fogging up the visor of his helmet?
        Sad.

      • I Choose Me says:

        LMBAO. I love you Shambles. That is all.

    • C-Shell says:

      This comment thread is the one I can buy into. This self-absorbed, (admitted) self-indulgent boy-child is a hopeless mess with well-rehearsed, well-crafted buzzwords and sound bites. Never bought it, not buying it now. His sad eyes and mournful expressions just…just stop, Brad. Sick of you.

  6. Toot says:

    Good interview Brad. He does sound like he still loves Angelina. I wonder if his fans will see where he said the mess he’s in is self-inflicted.

    • Paige says:

      Nah. People will still read this interview and believe what they want. It’s already happening on the DM. Angie is the crazy woman that drove him to alcoholism. When it should be more on the line of “Good they are working together and doing what’s best for their family”.

      • Ankhel says:

        Even if he says he’s had something to drink almost daily since college? Ok then…

      • Sarah says:

        No one drives someone to alcoholism. Your implication is correct. Your genes can, most often addicts have a co-occurring disorder that needs to be addressed or they wont succeed. Those are what makes someone susceptible.
        But blaming his wife is nuts and very ignorant.

  7. Maya says:

    Finally the man admits he was messed up last year due to alcohol and he is taking the blame for whatever happened.

    I don’t think he can go into the specifics for legal reasons and he shouldn’t for the children’s sake either.

    I never judged him for what happened on that plane but lost respect for what he did afterwards with his media game.

    This interview could be the start – it’s not telling the full picture but enough to show that he had major issues last year which affected his family and that let to the divorce.

    • Bap says:

      @maya Question will he ever take full accountability?

      • GoOnGirl says:

        @ Maya and bap: Pitt will never take responsibility. I have to agree with the comment that says it is all Angie’s fault. That mean old woman made him get drunk and act a fool on that plane. This is why he never apologizes for anything. He’s never held accountable for his own actions. On that note, I want to see Angie do well. I want to see her soar higher than she has before.

      • Candies says:

        I like Angie but I bet it is not easy to live with her too. He is No way fully responsible for it IMO.

      • Bap says:

        GoGoGirl. I believe Angelina will soar starting the middle of tjhis summer.

      • Sarah says:

        Candies, i agree that AJ may be tough to live with. I think she is deeply sensitive to the suffering in the world to the point she looks like she has an eating disorder. She had terrible health scares. He obviously grew up in a family that modeled a healthy family and marriage for him, while I think she had to learn as she went and was probably way too permissive with their kids.
        But his drinking is on him. 100%. No one makes you drink. You can’t quit for anyone but yourself. It’s 100% on him.

      • Carmen says:

        @Candies: stop enabling him and infantilizing him. He’s a grown man. That’s the main reason he has never taken responsibility for his actions, because everybody makes excuses for him. He is solely responsible for how much he drinks. She didn’t pour the booze down his throat. This is on him. Every sordid bit of it.

  8. Mia4s says:

    All the better if they can co-parent.

    So now that he’s admitted to issues with alcohol will the crazy people finally move past the “Angelina set him up! Evil!” nonsense?

    Ha! Of course not. Somehow it must always be the woman’s fault when Hollywood dream boys have issues (see also: Depp, Johnny).

    • bap says:

      @Mia4s Angelina has been through a lot with her mother’s death, operations for cancer and thisi major breakup How come she never resorted to using alcohol to solve her stresses? Angelina does not get enough credit for her strength and courage.

      Angelina is the one who saw all of them through this family ordeal.

    • GoOnGirl says:

      We all know it’s Angie’s fault cause she’s not a “girly girl” and doesn’t have “friends”. LOL!

  9. scar says:

    I still can’t believe the great brangelina demystification of 2016 happened. Whew. Well its still unfolding so imma just sit here and enjoy this tea
    ETA: and the people saying they don’t judge him for whatever he did but instead for how he threw Jolie under the bus…. Seriously guys have you not been paying attention to anything this man has done in the past decade? You didn’t judge him for all the time he and his ex-wife acted like assholes towards that other ex but you judge him now cos you like this recent ex. Lol
    Jennifer Aniston said she was uncool and he lacked a sensitivity chip. I believed her then, I believe her now.
    Ma mans would rather talk in circles than say a full throated “it was me I fucked up”

    • doofus says:

      I didn’t want to go there, but this interview did provide some insight to his past relationships.

      • scar says:

        It does, doesn’t it? He’s been a drinker and then turns into a cheating drinker and now a raging alcoholic. I bet a little part of Jennifer Aniston feels vindicated

      • Felicia says:

        I agree. It wasn’t that long ago that he did that interview where he said something like “I was sitting on the couch all day, smoking pot, looking for roles of an interesting life instead of having one”. And then added that his (first) marriage was the cause. This is quite literally the first time I’ve ever read anything where he takes responsibility for his own actions and decisions.
        The ironic thing in all of that is that Aniston is a big believer in the usefulness of therapy and probably spent quite some time encouraging him to go back then. It may not have made any difference in the end result of that relationship, but it certainly would have given him a great deal more self-awareness going into his next one.

      • KB says:

        He makes it sound like this is his first time trying therapy, which is insane for someone with his wealth and fame. Everyone can benefit from therapy. I can’t imagine not taking advantage of the opportunity to regularly see a therapist if I had the funds. Some people aren’t naturally introspective, I guess.

    • norah says:

      I am so glad that you are enjoying the break up of angie and brad’s marriage. enjoy yourself. Frankly it is a pity that they broke up but at least they had 12 years together and had children who I am sure they both love and care for.

  10. Layle says:

    I know! That last one in the orange and black, I cringed. Somehow people will still twist this that Angie drove him to his vices, yadda yadda, glad she got the kids out of that situation.

  11. detritus says:

    “But the terrible thing is I tend to run things into the ground. That’s why I’ve got to make something so calamitous. I’ve got to run it off a cliff. I do it with everything, yeah. I exhaust it, and then I walk away. I’ve always looked at things in seasons, compartmentalized them, I guess, seasons or semesters or tenures or”

    This is a really scary mindset, I’m glad he’s addressing it, but wow that interview. lots to unpack.

    This whole thing was very…intimately personal. I’m of two minds, first we know he reads about himself or his team does. They must have seen the criticism about him not taking responsibility, and this seems directly to counter that.
    But while he is a consummate PR professional, hes a director, and actor, he knows how to tell a story, this rings true to me. This sounds real. Like the best brand, there is at least a kernal of truth.

    • Sixer says:

      Too much “I” and “me” in the whole thing for me, if I’m honest. But that probably speaks to the stage he’s at with therapy. Hopefully, post-therapy Pitt will realise our relationships work the best when our focus is not on ourselves.

      • Joannie says:

        @Sixer, my thoughts exactly.

      • applepie says:

        In fairness it is an interview about him.

      • detritus says:

        It read like a diary entry, or like he was actually speaking to his therapist maybe? I didn’t really identify the I statements as a problem, because in this case he does need to focus on himself, he’s the one who needs to chance. It did have a very different and strange feel in comparison to many of his interviews though.

        I wonder if this is actually a step in the right direction to emoting though? I’m starting to feel like Brad is actually very typical, self medicating to deal with personal stresses while refusing actual medical help (therapy, rehab, etc).

        He’s given us a ton that a therapist would work with, starting with his emotionally distant and repressed father. We tend to learn coping behaviours from the people closest to us, our families.

        So I wouldn’t be surprised if Brad has at least partially internalised the idea that men are tough and strong supporters, that don’t need help, that don’t show sadness or weakness.

        He touches on it briefly, and it makes me wonder if he also was like this. expressing emotion in only socially sanctioned ways, which for men means anger pretty much solely.

        I wonder if he will ever admit to his issue, whatever it is. I’m not sure a celebrity owes the public that much, but it might be part of the healing process.

        Also, I’m a sucker and tend to believe people, i’d love to believe he can grow from this.

      • Sixer says:

        I’m not particularly anti-Brad (or anti- or pro- either of them). But yes – I think this interview speaks much more to being halfway through therapy than anything else. He’s at the fix himself stage. But the end goal is to STOP focusing on oneself so that one can make meaningful relationships with others. I don’t think this interview says he’s there yet.

      • detritus says:

        The I statement perspective isn’t something I originally considered, and I think you have a point here, especially based on who it is coming from. Healthy relationships look at both people, and both sets of needs. Not one person centring the relationship around themselves.
        I don’t think he mentions how much he hurt or scared Angie or the kids, which would be the next step after introspection, I would assume.

      • Sixer says:

        Yes. Exactly.

      • Sarah says:

        He can’t recover unless he focuses fully on himself. He cant blame AJ, or the kids, he can’t get involved with another love as a distraction. He has to dig deep, look inside at all the scary things sensitive and creative people have in them, and figure out what drove his alcohol abuse out of control. Then deal with it. Or he will be drinking again like Affleck and Depp.

    • balvin says:

      I do the same thing. It’s like that line in that song: “my peace has always depended on all the ashes in my wake.” It’s not as sinister as it sounds, it’s a method of controlling one’s demons and it’s done with the perception of what’s best for everyone. It can just veer off course real fast, especially if substance abuse is involved.

      • detritus says:

        This is an interesting point, you are right, I think as a paradigm it can probably be used in a healthy way.

        The only time I’ve heard stuff like this is from my partners alcoholic dad, and my family friend with bpd.
        Part of the reason they did this was their addictions (using until there is no more high), and part because they couldn’t face the damage they caused (closing chapters and not looking back).

  12. Jess says:

    He looks rough, drinking and smoking took a toll on him in many ways. It’s too bad he had to lose his family in order to realize he needed to work on himself, hopefully he didn’t inflict any lasting damage on the children, I’m sure it was more than one major incident. He does come off fairly well here though, but still I see the poor me. He’s right about hitting the lottery, he literally had it all and blew it up, we all have our demons I guess.

    • bap says:

      The man had it all the best family and wife.

    • Sarah says:

      That still bothers me, that I think this happened more than once, and AJ pulled the plug this time cause someone called CPS and she really had to. I understand the mentality, her reluctance if this is true, but that means those kids will have deeper scars if this happened frequently.

      • Zut alors says:

        I believe that is why she was so insistent on following the therapists plan of action when he was trying to undermine it. She even suggested they get a therapist specializing in trauma and he was against it. I don’t believe this dude and all his pithy sayings. Self serving bs per usual.

  13. Jessica says:

    I must say, I like Brad even with his flaws. I just like him, kind of like Sandra Bullock. Oh well. I hope everyone is happy.

    • smcollins says:

      Same here. Nobody is perfect. Nobody. No matter how high we place them on a pedestal. I think this was a really good interview. He said just enough without saying too much. We don’t need to know all the details for the sake of his privacy, and especially his children’s since it involves them too. I’m glad he’s finding himself in a happier and healthier place, and that he & Angelina are working together towards what’s best for their family. I wish them all the best.

  14. Svea says:

    Wow. All that straight-out-of-rehab stuff is so annoying. Drink the koolaid but keep it to yourself. Talk to us about it in ten years.

    • Millennial says:

      I had that same though, too! Like, oh, someone just started going to AA and knows all the talking points. A lot of it was just navel gazing garbage but whatever.

      I broke off a long term relationship with an alcoholic. It was awful. Good for Angie getting herself and her kids away from the toxic mess.

  15. Mika says:

    I’ve never particularly been pro-Brad in anything. As an actor he’s skilled but kind of boring. He’s a beautiful man yet somehow still bland. And in the Brangelina divorce I was always pro-Angie and pro-kids.

    But this is actually a really, really great interview. Coming from a family that was full of abuse and alcoholism, this is one of the most clear acknowledgements of self-destruction and toxic behaviors I’ve ever heard. That shit’s rare.

    Props to him, man. I hope he continues and is able to improve his relationship with his kids. Especially Maddox and Pax, from the sounds of it.

    • anna says:

      totally agree. the photos are a bit much but what a great interview. i totally relate to what he says about substance abuse and a “harder” family background. i don’t know but everytime i read about stoner pitt i feel like that could be me if i had hit the fame jackpot.

    • Ennie says:

      I am not digging the brown-yellow (blouse/dress??) thingy , but that part about his excesses… He acknowledges it, he has to work to better himself. He just changed his weed addiction to wine, I am not psychologist, but he is most probably a good man who was unable to see/accept himself. He got the family he wanted with a multifaceted woman who has evolved, while he was trying to evolve and parts of him (the most important) were stagnant.
      It really blew up when children started to grow up, it has forced him to really take steps, it is sad that he could not take those beforehand, his family would much probably still together.

      .
      Love overcomes many things, but it gets worn out by continuous disappointment.
      I wish them the best, but I hope they (A and B)do not rush into relationships. They were each busy alright before the divorce, particularly him, I think their children need him to be there, although there are plenty of part-time fathers who only do as much, I hope he really is there for all of them.

      • GoOnGirl says:

        I also wish he’d quit blaming his dad. He needs to man up and take responsibility for his actions.

  16. PettyRiperton says:

    He’s very PR savvy and I would say I’m glad hes owning his mess. Now the Brad is Mr perfect crowd can sit with this for awhile. Everyone can move on now.

  17. QQ says:

    Sounds like a Looooottt of Esoteric Cloudy allusion-to Bullsh*t If you ask me.. Also he looks GAUNT AF

  18. GingerCrunch says:

    Didn’t Tarantino say he was offered hash when he visited Brad in France? That was just for his guests, I’m sure. Glad he sobered up, but it sounds like there’s still lots to unravel in therapy, tho. Hope he sticks with it.

  19. Stormyshay says:

    I think some people have to hit rock bottom. I was there myself a year ago. I believe you can go through an experience that is completely transformative. A time that fundamentally changes who you are as a human being. Therapy can be life altering, especially if you have spent your whole life running from your problems, and never taking ownership for your actions.

    I think he comes across well. Takes ownership for the part he played. But also refusing to air all the sordid details, because let’s face it that would not help the kids.

    Sometimes it takes becoming a person you loathe to realize the person you want to be in life. When you reach that place you will fight like hell to never go back. I wish him, the kids, and Angelina the best.

    • Beth says:

      +1000 therapy is the best thing. Brad comes across very well. It’s great he’ll talk about what happened and take ownership of his part. So important to be able to talk about it. I hope everything goes well with their family
      Best luck to you too @Stormyshay

    • L says:

      Agree..best of luck to you!

  20. Embee says:

    There’s a lot to unpack here but… the bottom picture? He’s dressed like a Golden Girl WTF???

  21. jinni says:

    This all sounds very calculating and perfectly scrpited. He is making it seem like he is owning up to his mess while having his mouthpieces deny his responsibilities in People mag and Us Weekly. His interview sound like Nicole Kidman’s where she says a lot of word but ultimately said nothing at all.
    His words come off cold and inauthentic.

  22. OhDear says:

    While it’s great that he’s going to therapy and working on his issues, I agree with the assessment that “I think he comes across well here, but I also think he comes across like a movie star who has been one of the most PR-savvy men on the planet for decades.” IMO, it seems like he’s doing a lot of talking about working on himself, etc., but not necessarily a lot of doing.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree with this as well. I’m sure every word of this was very carefully planned out.

  23. Rae says:

    The orange shirt one is so zoolander! Stop trying so hard at vulnerable face, Brad.

    • OhDear says:

      Ha, was going to say, this photoshoot is all about capturing *sensitive and vulnerable* Brad.

  24. Jenns says:

    It’s a PR move for sure. But his PR message was so bad after the plane incident that he needed to lay low and come back with a humbled approach.

    For his sake and his kids, I hope he is doing better. Although, I think the effect of drinking his starting to show physically.

  25. Inas alsaadi says:

    Guys do you remember in one of the first articles in people after TMZ reported Angelina filed fr divorce.
    There was one where brad or someone from brad team said , brad begged Angelina not to do it and that they could solve it but she refused and hes willing to do what ever it takes to fix it.

    and i also remember Kaiser first explanation as the divorce was a tough love intervention from Angelina to brad to change .

    I think there is some truth to that. i think Angelina and the kids fed up of brad promises of adjusting himself but this time she went with threat ,to force him to deal with it even if they lose each other as husband and wife but mostly for kids safety.

    • GoOnGirl says:

      @Inas: I don’t remember that. According to another blog site (which shall not be named), Pitt was the one who wanted the divorce, but, being the gentleman he is, he wanted Angie to file. Well she did! So Pitt should get over this. Reminds me of a saying. . . be careful what you wish for.

      • Carmen says:

        When Angie filed for divorce, every news outlet and tabloid reporting on the topic said Brad was devastated and claimed he was blindsided. Once it became clear that Angie meant business and wasn’t backing down, some tabloids changed up the narrative and said it was Brad who wanted the divorce all along but let her be the one to file for it — just as he did with Aniston. I think Brad had his head so far up his butt he couldn’t or wouldn’t see how much trouble his marriage was in, and thought Angie would put up with his BS indefinitely. Guess he knows better now.

  26. Onerous says:

    That picture of him in the wheat field is giving me all of the 1996 Senior Photo flashbacks.

  27. Who ARE These People? says:

    Clearly in therapy if he’s talking about his upbringing that way. Weren’t (aren’t) his parents very religious/conservative? When he describes the “Father Knows Best/war mentality” – isn’t that what is now called toxic masculinity? Sounds like he coped with anger and shame by numbing out for decades. He still sounds self-absorbed and overly concerned with his image, but maybe, for the sake of his family, he’ll learn how to manage his characteristic self-absorption without alcohol and other drugs. Maybe we’ll find out that he’s simply a vain man, not a bad one.

    • Zut alors says:

      I wonder if his siblings are similarly afflicted from their upbringing?

      • Ennie says:

        Brothers and sisters really do not get affected the same by the same problem. I think that Brad, being older lived through the religiousness more and it affected him, making him a good man, but disbelieving.
        Those agnostic “tendencies” must have been a HUGE deal in his deeply Christian paternal home. As I remember reading, they were quite strict, and he must have felt asphyxiated. I lived for a short while with a brother who is like that, and it was not easy to endure.
        Maybe his brothers had it easier because Brad was there to receive the brunt of responsibilities and if he was rebelling some how, he would be the focus of concern for his parents, leaving his siblings out of some problems; they could also be more easy-going and went with the flow.
        It is good that they still seem close, and I think that Angelina and the grand children had a big part in it. I really hope they reach a balance.

  28. Candies says:

    He is still in a good hand. Its no easy when all the sudden it has to blow like this… questioning and doubting etc etc a normal act. Its good he is feeling his feelings…
    Also there relationship looked bad for sometime too bad they waited until it got to the point with dramatic ending…

  29. Sage says:

    He’s a clever guy and he looks ridiculous in some of the photos. I expected better from GQ style.

    Looks like he go a couple new tattoos too. I never noticed thr tornado and motercycle tats before.

  30. B n A fn says:

    I like that he has found a therapist that is a fit for him. About 20 years ago I did go to a therapist for about a year. I found it helped me immensely over the years ever since. I always encourage anyone I know who I believe could use the help to get the help and not be embarrassed, it works. I wish Brad, Angelina and kids all the best. IMO, they are good people, just need some help to find the right path for themselves.

    I always say, I would wait until I hear from their own mouth to pass judgment. He has spoken and I believe he’s trying to be a better man.

    • Beth says:

      When I found my therapist, it made life so much better. It helped me so much over the years. I do go back when I need to. I’ve told plenty of friends to go if they need it. Nothing to be embarrassed about and now I have no trouble talking about any problems .
      Maybe everyone in the Jolie-Pitt family should see one too during tough family problems

  31. jj says:

    Saying a lot without saying anything at all. This is some eat, pray, love bull.

  32. Wilder says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about his comment that loving someone and setting them free “means expecting nothing in return.” Isn’t marriage all about give and take? Loving, relying on, helping, and trusting someone, and knowing that s/he will love, rely on, help, and trust you in return? Of course we expect things — and especially love — from our partners. If we didn’t, what would be the point? To me, the line about loving and setting free has always meant giving your partner the space to pursue his/her own passions, and supporting him/her fully in that pursuit. I don’t think it means loving someone and not expecting any love in return. I dunno. I just thought that was a weird comment.

    • Ennie says:

      Maybe because he was relying on her to care for the children, he said himself how reliable and organized she was, he probably was taking her for granted, and stopped being a good partner in general, let alone maintaining a good, real relationship with his children and his love relationship.
      As I see, being a child in a marriage with a loving, but alcoholic father and experience in general, he was a man-child behind a facade of tough man. He probably wanted it all, a beautiful family, loving wife, a good career and still enjoy his escapades, his excesses.
      What did he sacrifice?probably not much, and he was going back to leaving them, probably more as the children are becoming teens.
      I may be projecting, but my father was the greatest when we were little, particularly with us girls, and very strict up to hurting with my brother (and older half brothers), he was reared up that way and went on becoming alcoholic. He also became more emotionally distant as we became teens. he loved us,but it was more a proud of my children thing than a close relationship.
      We only became closer and talked more as we became adults and reached for him. He was raised by an abusive mother and his father died young, he grew up when therapy was a bottle.
      I don’t blame him now, and I loved him so much, but he was abusive when drunk, and it was very often. I do not blame AJ for leaving him, if he is a good father and not so selfish,he will try to improve himself, maybe he will fail and relapses as he has before, time will tell. I hope that he really does this for his children and does not disappoint them.

    • d says:

      I took that to mean that when Jolie pulled the plug, he resisted but eventually realized he needed to let her go. I think she was DONE with the marriage and he was so messed up, he wasn’t thinking straight but going to therapy and dealing with all fallout, he’s slowly sorting himself out.
      He’s been an addict for years, it sounds like, and like someone said, therapy honeymoon, so it will very likely take a long time for him to deal with all his s*** that’s referring to and to learn how to deal with life and so on. On top of being a world famous actor in the public eye.
      I actually hope for his sake he does disappear for a while and that he also avoids relationships for a while too. Isn’t it an AA thing where for at least one year, you do NOT do relationships?

  33. Adorable says:

    I’m sorry I find all this bull****….The word salad,the woe is me pictures…I understand he’s in “transction”..but be CLEAR..You were the one with the issues..Angelina has been thrown to the wolves,ofcourse she can handle it but “A MAN”..defends the mother of his kids,against something he knows well HE DID…sorry the ambiguity of it all is annoying..

    • Tulip Garden says:

      He literally says he has issues and he spoke about them. He called his family, including Jolie, “hitting the jackpot”. He didn’t say one negative thing about her, he praised her willingness to work with him. I don’t think he is being ambiguous.

    • Debs says:

      Yeah, it doesn’t sit well with me completely either. I appreciate that he’s owning the drinking, but there’s still a lot of talking around the issues, a refusal to directly reference Angelina, to defend Maddox, that makes me feel he hasn’t totally accepted what went down.

  34. tete says:

    Apologize to Angelina, all the people to said she was a liar and blamed her.

  35. Pandy says:

    Good for him for taking ownership of his issues, acknowledging them to start amends. I don’t need to hear all the details thanks. The man says he drank and smoked too much and wasn’t always there for his family and is now working on sobriety and his relationship with his family. He doesn’t owe us any more than that.

  36. YepIsaidit says:

    Too little too late imo. He let his Team drag Angelina and her kids through the mud for MONTHS. Won’t be watching his movies – not that I did before anyway 😋

    This is his little pr pity me interview with a lot of therapy talk. Poor Brad he’s so sad that he couldn’t even stay at the family home. Well, why didn’t he let Angelina and her kids stay there? He kind of touches on holding grudges for things he thinks someone did to him… I guess it took therapy for him to see HE was wrong.

    By the way, he looks physically sick in a few photos.

    • Ennie says:

      I don’t think Angelina was willing to stay in the Los Feliz after child services were checking them. I think that is on her, and it was probably suggested by an attorney.

  37. Sigh says:

    Lol. Dude was in a drunken state for the better part of 12 years? Say it ain’t so! Brandgelina fans would have had you believing this saintly union was the best there ever was on earth. The happiest humans on earth. The most in love human on earth. People who really, really are happy and in love do not booze 24/7. Dude was clearly dealing with a lot of things in his relationship and used the booze to numb his forever pain. Looks like he’s free now and is looking to change his life. Divorce is really good for some people.

    • Keely says:

      Wow that’s your take from the interview? He literally says he’s been drinking since college, says he won the lottery with his family. It’s clear he loves Angelina- the while cling on, if you love someone blah blah should have told you that, but people like you will spew the he was unhappy the whole time card. He literally states he has issues & always has…but this is your take away. Lol

    • YepIsaidit says:

      LoL @ this spin. “If you love someone set them free” looks like Angelina wanted out. Brangelina themselves told the fans plenty of times that he was a drunk. The story about how zahara almost died choking on ice while under his drunken care comes to mind and more recently Angelina talked a little about his alcoholism in a BY THE SEA interview..

      I truly hope she doesn’t look back because I’m willing to bet he would have her back in a heart beat. RUN , Angelina. He’ll go back to being drunk as soon as the child therapist is off his back and he gets awarded more custody.

      • Candies says:

        Don’t blame him for admiting his part. Its maturity. She is not easy to live with either its obvious too.
        Her baggage, the negativity that around her because she was kind of wild and with not picture OK past add the responsibility of all those kids who come very quick, isolation , pressure of two famous stars carriers its hard for most men to deal with and any for any relationship..
        No way they be back together. its o v e r as couple. I’m so ready for their next move …its depressing this is going 8 months now …

      • kay says:

        ???? 8 months is sufficient time to have worked through the end of a 12 year relationship? especially one that ended like it did?
        wtf, people? seriously, wt actual f?
        if EITHER of them start dating this soon, they are clearly NOT after the best interests of their kids.

      • Zut alors says:

        @ Candies who wrote “Her baggage, the negativity that around her because she was kind of wild and with not picture OK past”.

        Say what now? Hate to break it to you hon, but his issues and failure to deal with them are on him. Angelina’s past has nothing to with it. You think it was easy for her to deal with an alcoholic?

        FYI…your golden boy ain’t so squeaky clean either.

      • Ennie says:

        Oh, Candies, as if there aren’t plenty of wilder, shadier characters in Hollyweird. Plenty of egotistical ass-hats. Angelina went through a phase, she grew out of it and it is mentioned because she OWNED it and acknowledged it, she spoke about her issues, while others who were wild, abusing drugs and trashed hotel rooms, or had crazy tendencies, et al just swept all that under the PR carpet, hence all the 90′s heartthrobs images going down the drain now.
        Brad said in past interviews how he could get any drugs in any given country within the first 30minutes after his arrival. The guy was not healthy. He had just came out of a stoned out phase when he hooked up with Angelina, and their dreams met. Addiction is not easy. He really must have medicated his psique with booze and weed to numb himself, as someone said upthread. He has issues, I think he’s a good person,but he needs to deal. IMO,his issues are bigger than hers, but they were just well hidden under a well oiled PR machine.
        He saw Angelina for who she was a woman fit to be the mother of his children. The guy is not so dumb; but I think he sabotaged himself.
        Angelina shaped her youth image around a certain image of openness and rebelliousness, and soon realized that it could affect her like it did in the Lara Croft movies, where she was sober,but was hard to insure. She moved on from all that, and she is still vilified, while others, like Johnny Depp are spared and defended for their behavior.
        I think that what Angelina did was a blessing in disguise for Brad, if he manages to endure in his sobriety, he may not like the new sober Brad, maybe his friends won’t like sober Brad, but this is the way if he wants to keep his family and raise his children. I hope he gets involved, and not a distant father.
        (I think that his cohort of “friends” that he was apart from were booze and weed friends, maybe he tried at the beginning to cut down on it but he relapsed harder)

    • Artemis says:

      We only know that now because he choose to talk about it but the signs were there for any casual observer. I think they both drank and smoked a lot in private. More him than her. Pictures show they both enjoy a cigarette when they think there’s no paps and we’ve seen him leave Jolie and the kids to go to an afterparty. Plus they looked drunk at some occasions too. He even shared a story back in their first years of being together when Zahara almost choked on an icecube while he was drinking beer!!! The signs were there.

      Jolie likes to drink red wine and has been pictured and described doing just that and then there was that bottle of vodka when Jolie and Swinton were chatting at some film event. Oh and they produce wine.

      I think Pitt couldn’t control his drinking when the kids were present as the older they get, the less hands-on care they needed so Pitt could ‘relax’ more. He relaxed too much and spent less time with them thinking they would always be there as people do and then it all went down in the drain.

      You know what, anybody with common sense looking at their busy and stressful doesn’t see the rainbows and skittles all the time. People need to unwind and they both had their methods I’m sure. They barely had time off and barely spent time with friends, there must have been a lot of pressure on their relationship at times.

      • Magdalene says:

        Your penchant to drag Jolie at every opportunity is curious. Brad just admitted to boozing since college but you had to drag Jolie into it and explain away Brad’s behavior. What is it about women that make them overlook every bad behavior that men exhibit but focus on women.

    • SaraR. says:

      No, he was in drunken stage since college

    • L says:

      🙄 Oh good God….sigh.

    • abby says:

      @ Sigh
      He has been boozing hard since college. So Paltrow, Aniston and Jolie fall into that time period.
      The winery only made it worse.

    • Sigh#1 says:

      Looks like I’m changing my user name…

  38. Artemis says:

    This interview sounds amazing but I have to say: By The Sea was so close to how they were as a real couple. Brad’s artsy character who drinks too much and the couple didn’t communicate properly. Why do these people glorify their own misery so much. Jeezes, too much money and ego from both sides.

    I think he’s truly all shook up. The woman did what she said she would do: leave his ass. Even Matt Damon said Jolie is NOT the type of woman who sticks through it all at the cost of her own happiness (paraphrasing here). She’s the anti-Dimples Parade, anti-Conscious Uncoupling. There’s no soothing a man’s shattered ego and hopes, she’s got to live her own life.

    They both made mistakes in dealing with the aftermath of the separation but Jolie is the more capable one of moving on. Pitt really just seems like a man who never took a real look at how his relationships failed, especially his 1st marriage and now has to feel the brunt of an ex who’s not going to take his victimhood upon herself to make his life easier. Aniston was willing to let him have an affair, the mother of his children took her children and got the fuck out and left him to his wallow in his mistakes. He’s all shook up I tell ya!!! Brad Pitt has now become the human embodiment of the saddest Radiohead song.

    • tete says:

      This is on point and to me you have to thank Jon Voight for making her this way. She doesn’t think on that level to take on others problems and it seems Pitt now that he see a therapist has plenty of problems.
      And I must add his PR team does the leaking to People Mag we heard these things last week.

    • Pumpkin says:

      Good summary, Artemitis. I agree he is totally shook up. Just look at the weight loss. Peace to them, but these self-proclaimed artists like to glorify their pain.

  39. Christina says:

    Wow, that was incredibly honest and I didn’t expect it. I really do believe that he and Angelina will get back together.

  40. cindy says:

    This interview is really really touchy-feely….like, this is surprising to me. When was it? Because if he is taking responsibility, why all the blaming of Angie from”sources”? Also seems like he is asking forgiveness, which…I don’t know. This interview is just weird to me. And what is with the puppy eyes/pleading look in the photos? Angie must have been the one holding things together for some time now. He must have really f*ckd up, and he seems to be admitting that. Which is good. I would have a lot of respect for him, if from here on out he was flattering to her and respectful. Maybe there is hope?

  41. Amelie says:

    He says all the right things here. There is nothing much for him to say except to take ownership for what happened and to deal with his feelings/actions to become a better father and co-parent with Angelina.

    Side note that has nothing to do with the content of the interview: I really liked they chose to spotlight National Parks as the setting for the photo shoots. National Park Service turned 100 last year and two of the parks highlighted here are two parks I’ve always wanted to go to–White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns (which I think are both in New Mexico?). I forget which one is the third but I’m sure it’s cool too.

  42. TheOtherSam says:

    Brad will never win with some people, nor will Angelina. This was a decent interview and he covered some ground, answered some of the lingering questions. Agree with others that due to ongoing legal restrictions he can’t spill a ton of details. We knew he had some kind of likely substance or alcohol issue and this confirms that fact.

    Not sure if CB did a post on it but it’s telling that Angelina just purchased the sprawling (and gorgeous) DeMille estate, in the heart of old Los Feliz. Just a 5 minute drive to Brad’s right up the road, they may have already moved in. It implies to me that the custody/visitation issues are moving ahead and the children will begin spending a lot more time with their father than they probably have been, the co-location of the homes supports this.

  43. Merry-an says:

    Eventually they might get back together…. I think Angelina was fed up with Brads lifestyle (‘wine-tasting’ wise) and Brad starts to aknowledge his behaviour wasn’t very promising for the future of them all. So time will tell if there are enough positive feelings left for a mutual future together…

  44. Elizabeth says:

    Does anyone else think he looks like Guy Pearce in that second blue cover with the sand on his face?
    He’s looking very slimmed down these days.
    Definitely looks a bit tweaked too.

    • Some Hussy says:

      I was thinking the same thing. He looks like Guy Pearce playing the role of “Sad Brad”

    • K says:

      Yes – I literally just searched Pearce’s name to see if anyone else saw it. It’s uncanny, the likeness. Weird especially because they didn’t look very alike in their early 20s.

  45. Fa says:

    Is he blaming the booze or he is blaming himself? Because he can’t use the booze problems to justify his actions. Every alcoholic person blame the booze and that’s is not a excuse.

  46. MP says:

    This seems so obvious in it’s PR attempt. I feel like it’s another vain incarnation of Brad, now playing the tortured man role. He always does this in interviews, a lot of talking that really doesn’t mean anything but he thinks he’s being so deep. The pictures are ridiculous.

    I agree with the post who said, would he quit drinking if the CPS weren’t on his back, would be realizing things if he wasn’t forced to?

    • Debs says:

      Right? He was being drug tested. It’s a whole lot easier to discover sobriety when you have a legal babysitter. We’ll see how he feels in a year. I remember the early days of Brangelina when he bragged about quitting smoking.

    • tracking says:

      The photos are really bad. Interview is such a weird combo of apparent sincerity and PR.

  47. Jeanette says:

    Does anyone else think he looks “off”? I dont know if its the weight loss, or that we constantly see him with sunglasses..he just look different?

    • Lipreng says:

      He looks high.

      • Jeanette says:

        Thats absolutely it! His eyes are so strikingly blue and almost no pupil!

      • tracking says:

        Jeanette, his eyes are photoshopped.

      • Lipreng says:

        The eye color is likepy photoshopped but his pupils dramatically change size between a couple of photos and he looks unwell.

      • Ennie says:

        Photos were taken in several places un different settings. Not to defend him, but a photoshoot has weird lightning conditions,
        And he does have sensitive eyes.

  48. Skylark says:

    That GQ shoot is 5000 shades of cringe-making embarrassment! All it’s missing is a little puppy dog with big pleading eyes.

    But on the positive side, good that Brad is (a) dealing responsibly with his various issues and (b) has stepped up and offered proper mea culpa perspective on the ‘messiness’. That’s a big deal for anyone in recovery and a really good sign and an indication of his essentially decent character.

    Good for him.

  49. ar_uu says:

    They retouched his nose on two of the covers and it looks awful. Small, deformed and weird.

    I bet Vanity Fair is slowly dying seeing this. Graydon Carter will be firing a few I’m sure. This is the sort of shit where VF almost always gets the precedence over any other publication.

  50. LondonGal says:

    I maintain my original position here. Brad screwed up. But the plane was pure balls. What could he have done to make notoriously private and contained Ang so utterly, utterly furious? That she’d make the so huge, so public? That she would seethe and lash out alledge and have him over a barrel? He knocked someone up. Not Cotilliard maybe, but someone.

    • Debs says:

      lol, EVERYONE involved has obliquely admitted that he got physical with his son. If you don’t think that’s enough of a last straw for a mother, you don’t have a clue. Especially in that Angelina divorced Billy Bob over Maddox as well. What makes her “utterly furious”? Men who hurt her children.

    • S says:

      Angelina Jolie lawyer Laura Wasser said there was no third party involved. This Cotillard rumor was created by The New York Post, a trash newspaper who loves to blame women for everything wrong on this planet, and they wanted Cotillard to be the vilain. Its sad there are people like you believing these false stories

    • Sage says:

      I don’t know, wouldn’t it be better for him to admit to a cheating narrative than going “nose to nose” with your minor child?

  51. Joannie says:

    He looks like a sad puppy.

    • HoustonGrl says:

      I wish I knew one man that did the sad puppy thing at any point before sh*t hits the fan. Remorse is only good if it’s preventative.

      • kay says:

        i will cosign you, houstongrl…
        nothing pisses me off more, personally, than a man who magically busts out with every single darn thing he wouldn’t give until he was told it was done.

      • HoustonGrl says:

        Preach! lol

  52. bap says:

    Pay attention to one’s actions instead of one’s words. Pay attention to the future when therapy is over and see if he lives up to his actions for his family.

  53. UmamiMommy says:

    He looks terrible on the cover here. Bad Photoshop, Botox, or both. Also, how is it possible that he’s becoming less interesting as he ages??

  54. vespernite says:

    Look. maybe I’m an optimist but I think he’s going to stay sober and I think he’s going to prove her lovers her and their family above all. And I think they will get back together. He needed this wake up call.

    • GoOnGirl says:

      Because he IS becoming less interesting. He’s always come across as blah to me. Pretty soon no one will care.

  55. Libra girl says:

    Read a portion of the interview and he described himself as “retarded” with his emotions. Curious to see how that plays out. Not good, not good Brad.

    • Beth says:

      “retarded” means slow. He was slow with noticing or taking inventory of his emotions. I never say “retarded” because someone would probably not think about the real meaning of the word is and just assume I was making fun of people

    • Jessica says:

      He’s not using it as a slur; context matters.

  56. Libra girl says:

    And people do not know how much he drank, how often or what his drinking caused when they were together. I am not blaming or judging him, or her for that matter. Words mean nothing, changed behavior means everything. I still see a future for them. This needed to happen. Sad as it was and still may be for them, they survived and came out of it whole. I’m hoping that with time and therapy they resolve their issues. For better or for worse….if the love remains they have a chance. May the higher powers that be watch over them all and guide them to a better place.

  57. K says:

    I feel like we’ll never know the reality of what went on with this, and that’s as it should be. There are six kids in this mess and it clearly got exceedingly ugly. I’m glad they managed to keep it away from litigation, and I hope things calm down and improve for them all over the months and years ahead.

    It’s a kicker, when you have kids and can’t draw a line under a relationship. Ever, in fact. I’m lucky, because I’ve never faced that, but like most people together for almost 20 we’ve been close at times.

    Just… messy. And sad. And while the money has to help, the scrutiny can’t.

  58. Lucy2 says:

    The guy has, by his own admission, been drinking for 30 years along with other substance abuse, has had several extremely high profile relationships and break ups, and went from 0 to 6 kids very quickly- and he’s just NOW going to therapy????
    I hope he truly gets his act together, both for himself and his kids. It’s always fascinating, in a sad way, to learn the truth behind the image.

    • Pumpkin says:

      Why is any of this relevant to the public though? Even post-split this couple is outing their private stuff for public consumption. It’s cringe-worthy.

  59. bap says:

    The public was demonizing Angelina but the truth always comes to light. I am glad he spoke some truths that led to the divorce.

    The media needs to leave Angelina alone.

  60. Amanda DG says:

    I’m surprised there hasn’t been a reconcilation yet, unless Angelina was a big part of the problem – or she just really had enough. Either way, I wish him the best with staying sober.

  61. kay says:

    well, i have to say that the pic with the teary eyes got to me.

  62. HoustonGrl says:

    He sounds…unhinged.

  63. Sandy says:

    “I just started therapy. . . .” My jaw dropped at that, and I couldn’t go on!

  64. Zut alors says:

    I feel for Angelina. She had to put up with years of malicious and hostile treatment from outside her home because of her relationship with him and then had to deal with this man child at home too?! No wonder she looked so sickly and frail most of the time.

    • Carmen says:

      She must have felt a lot of the time that she had seven children to raise instead of six.

      • Bap says:

        @Carmen Why does the media and some of public dismiss on what happen on that 12 hour plane ride? Media never mentions that Why?

      • AlmondMilk says:

        @bap

        The stories you read that never mention ‘the incident,’ i assume are pieces his PR team have sanctioned.

        GQ works hand in hand with CAA, and one of the Huvane Bros. Is the chief editor ( not power PR flack Stephen Huvane, who is Aniston, Paltrow and Handler’s flack, but another one).

        Things that make you go hmmmm.

      • Lucy2 says:

        Did you guys read the full GQ article? It’s mentioned right there in the beginning, and clearly this is something his PR team approved.

    • kay says:

      don’t you reckon though that even without his pr, the magazines would still prefer not to focus on “the plane-cident”.
      the strength of the sales and clicks seem to be on focusing on how awesome he is, how hard done by he is and how chang(ing)ed he is. brad seems to be a better financial bet for headlines then angelina does, even when the headlines about her are sharp and pointed.
      brad pitt is worth more, so less focus on the whys of the issue and more focus on him, period.
      or so i theorize. lol.
      well, at the very least it is nice to know that vitriol is less profitable than golden boys. seriously. ironically. it’s a tiny joy.

  65. OhDear says:

    I finally clicked on the article and….you have to see the rest of the photos.

    Look.

    Just look.

    Trust me on this.

    • argonaut says:

      the ones where he’s falling and landing on his neck – my god. he’s doing The Most to present himself as the suffering one.

    • kay says:

      and the wedding ring…

      • AlmondMilk says:

        @kay

        What? Is he wearing it?

        He does that, but can’t say he fcked up and ruined his fam. Wants everyone to read between the very murky lines?

        Or did CAA backed GQ edit it on the sly to be less. apologetic to Angelina. Wouldn’t put it passed them. Be curious to know who the interviewer was and if he/she had ever interviewed Aniston

      • kay says:

        i went back and looked because of oh dear’s comment…and thought that was what they referred to…
        though the crash and break pics also generated a “wha’???”…
        maybe not the wedding band, but sure it was on the ring finger (oh man, cue the nin track now lololol)

        i don’t know how to view the gq piece. i tend to see people’s perspectives too much sometimes, and get how shit happens…it seems sincere and then seems odd..is that part of the process of recovery?

        i would guess the interviewers can only ask pre approved questions?

        at the end of the day, this all sounds promising. hope it is in actuality.

        and though it would be neat to see who they could/would move on with, i really hope they give their kids and selves time to come to terms with this shift in life before getting back on the roller coaster of love.

  66. Meadowlarky says:

    Reading the posts about these two are so entertaining. I don’t even really come to this site anymore except to read these ones. Y’all are something else.

  67. Foreing girl says:

    My “fan love” for Her is intact, their shitty last year together was obvious if you see their candid pics, very little with both toghether, so the brake was not shock.
    Now, why a woman or a man star a family with a partner that is an alcoholic since the college? WHY? what was she thinking? Love is not enough, never!

  68. Sandy says:

    Great job brad, owning it, get better so you can be there for your children, which is all that matters in the long run. Nice article, he’s coming full circle.

  69. perplexed says:

    He might suffer from clinical depression. Thats what it sounds like to me.

    I was shocked at how open he was in this interview. He basically admitted he’s an alcoholic without saying the word out loud. But the admission is still there nonetheless.

  70. Achoo! says:

    I think he has found a very good therapist.

  71. Louise177 says:

    I don’t know why but I’m shocked that so many people still blame Angelina. The hate is baffling. Even coming from Brad’s own mouth that he was the main reason for the divorce, it’s still Angelina’s fault because she’s a controlling, eveil, b!tch.

    • Bap says:

      @Louise 1777 The media and some of the public need to face the truth as he is trying to do. Angelina did not force him to drank. He was dranking hard long before he got with her.

      Angelina is not getting the credit for her strength and courage in the painful ordeal. Angelina has gone through so much with her mother’s death, cancer operations and dealing in private with his drinking, you would think why she did Not crack under that much stress. Angelina love for her children and understanding their are pepole who suffer more than she does out there in the world.

      Angeina is truly a good person.

      • GoOnGirl says:

        @ bap: Totally agree.

      • Bap says:

        Pay attention to his actions instead of the words he speaks. Pay attention in the future if he follows through with what he said he going to do to make things better for his family.

        Action speaks louder than Words.

      • Pumpkin says:

        She doesn’t need to have opened this out to the public. Now he has to explain himself. I really don’t care if she’s the greatest mother on earth and he’s the worst father. It’s irrelevant, a private family matter. If he’d stepped the line into abuse, then it’s a police matter, which it was.

  72. Baltimom says:

    I just hope he finds happiness again. It seemed like being a dad and a husband gave him that happiness, but he f’d it up with booze. Such a shame.

  73. Bap says:

    Media is making him a hero now and Angelina still the villian. Angelina and the children really know the truth of what they went through. Media will always protect the golden boy.

  74. BJ says:

    Damn he is being praised for falling on the sword and she is still being villified almost everywhere.He is being called brave, women saying he is a DILF,etc on most sites and blogs.SMH

    • Bap says:

      Angelina truly is a Good person, but in this world some people do not like goodness especially the media. Angelina knows the real truth and he does too on what happen on that plane.

  75. Pumpkin says:

    I don’t care if he was a bad father as I never bought into the Brange-perfect-fam thing. I still don’t think she should have taken him down with the leaks.

  76. Eve says:

    Inspiring interview, wish Brad the best on his journey to be happy again. Wish the whole family inner peace as they go through this difficult time. Very impressed with the interview and his honesty

  77. Chelly says:

    He wasn’t a perfect father & husband, shocker. Who is? Angie I’m sure is no perfect parent, or wife either but the media has this sick obligation to choose sides which, surprise surprise goes to Angie. I don’t think he was “terrible” or “horrible” but definitely needed work (as he clearly stated). I think it’s best he’s away from this facade of perfection so he can get himself right…for himself & his kids

  78. d says:

    I think he suffers from some form of depression and never dealt with it and drugs and alcohol were coping mechanisms that got way out of control. Sounds too familiar. And now he’s got to figure himself out, in public yet. It is not easy to do, especially as a public figure, father, and at his age. I don’t think he owes the public anything but as long as he apologizes to family and friends for whatever bad things he’s done, that’s good. I think his PR people need to lay off the throttle though…some of those pictures…I mean, really, PR people. Get a grip. I get, he’s sad, he’s messed up, but geez.

  79. Carmen says:

    Wonder what’s with the tornado tattoo? Did he have that when he was still with Angie? It looks new. I like it, but it is kind of weird. I wonder with the inscription over it says?

  80. tete says:

    BP Knows what he is doing sadly it won’t affect his box office numbers or netflix views. Remember folks he was the golden boy before Angie so the support doesn’t surprise me. But what does is the fact they are more interested in what he had to day about hee than his children. Whethe he was gonna slam her? It’s all so messed up. No wonder he is an addict. His life has been a sham and basically controlled by people for money, then here comes Angie WHOM I think he thought could save him from himself.
    He looked up to her but after a while.that wasn’t even enough to stop the addiction because her honesty was something he probably couldn’t handle
    .Remember in BTA she constantly called him a drunk.

  81. Bee says:

    His eyes look…….weird. It’s distracting. And that’s saying something, because overall he’s starting to look really haunted. He looked healthier ON the booze.

  82. shabs says:

    I’m not quite sure why so many people feel that Brad needs to come clean about anything. Isn’t this interview enough? We the public have no right to the intimate details of Brad and Angelina’s marriage or what really went down.

    It seems odd to me that so comments seem to indicated that he is obligated to ‘come clean’, he already has.

  83. allie says:

    Brad needs to stop “pretending” he quit drugs. Honey, you are waaaaay skinnier than a crackhead. People are not stupid.

  84. Del says:

    @shabs… You know what why? After 7months, that all of the blame was on other side. Angelina takes of it. No one really knows for sure what really happened. But the time when angelina was being blame, where he is? I felt that this a strategy, remember he showed in golden globes? He is testing the waters even if for sure he knew that hollywood has he’s side. When Angie files for the divorce why he didn’t admit it
    and take responsibility right that time. Why he let people take conclusions and judgment just blame one person. And now that everything has subsided and then he’s honest about it now and taking responsibility. I don’t really get it! He showed and says e things that he would like says. Do you guys think if brad already apologized to angelina or even say sorry?

    • tete says:

      He is a coward and does not care about Angelina unless it is benefitting him. He is mad as heck
      because she left.

  85. Rebecca says:

    I feel like there is something else going on with Brad Pitt that he is not telling anyone. He doesn’t look well. Is it stress or is he sick and has some type of chronic condition?

    From this interview, if you read between the lines, I think he wants her back. This is why he is trying so hard to be conciliatory.