Brad Pitt took things ‘as far I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges’

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Film Premiere in London

In-depth profiles and interviews of/with Brad Pitt are few and far between for the past three or four years. There was his 2017 GQ Style cover story, which was his first big interview after Angelina Jolie left him, and he sounded like a man who was very new to living with some kind of AA-type program. Brad managed to avoid being extensively interviewed for a while after that, and I was surprised to see that he didn’t agree to a big, in-depth solo cover story while promoting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But he’s got Ad Astra coming out, and he’s the lead and damn, he wants an Oscar nomination. So Brad sat down with the New York Times to talk about Ad Astra, masculinity and devoting himself to recovery. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

On the “strong man” archetype: “I grew up with that be-capable, be-strong, don’t-show-weakness thing… In some ways, I’m copying [my dad]. He had grown up in extreme hardship and poverty, always dead set on giving me a better life than he had — and he did it. But he came from that stoic ilk. I’m grateful that there was such an emphasis on being capable and doing things on your own with humility, but what’s lacking about that is taking inventory of yourself. It’s almost a denial of this other part of you that is weak and goes through self-doubts, even though those are human things we all experience. Certainly, it’s my belief that you can’t really know yourself until you identify and accept those things.”

Why he was attracted to working with James Gray: “He had this ’70s touch, like the films I was weaned on. There was a roughness to him, a violence. And he seemed to be focused on men.”

What is Ad Astra about: “We’re asking questions like, ‘What’s it all about?’ and ‘Why are we here?’ That’s a bit of a minefield, because there are so many traps… We wanted to investigate the inability to connect with others, and the self-protection mechanisms one builds up that keep us from really being open.”

He worked on Ad Astra in 2017, just following the Brangelina split: “I had family stuff going on. We’ll leave it at that.” Was “Ad Astra” a way to work through some of the loneliness he may have been experiencing? “The fact is, we all carry pain, grief and loss. We spend most of our time hiding it, but it’s there, it’s in you. So you open up those boxes.”

Pitt is committed to his sobriety. “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges,” he told me. After she filed for divorce, Pitt spent a year and a half in Alcoholics Anonymous. His recovery group was composed entirely of men, and Pitt was moved by their vulnerability. “You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” Pitt said. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.” Astonishingly, no one from the group sold Pitt’s stories to the tabloids. The men trusted one another, and in that trust, he found catharsis. “It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself. There’s great value in that.”

His early fame: “In the ’90s, all that attention really threw me. It was really uncomfortable for me, the cacophony of expectations and judgments. I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion….Those dubious thoughts, the mind chatter, the rat in the skull — that’s comedy. It’s just ridiculous that we would beat ourselves up that way. It doesn’t matter. I spent too much of life wrestling with those thoughts, or being tethered to those thoughts, or caged by those thoughts.”

On the streaming era: “I’m curious to see if movies last, if movies stick around,” he said. What he does know is that he won’t be starring in as many. “It’ll be fewer and farther in between for me, just because I have other things I want to do now,” said Pitt, whose interests include sculpting and landscaping. “When you feel like you’ve finally got your arms around something, then it’s time to go get your arms around something else.”

[From The NY Times]

I’m actually kind of happy that he’s at a place where he can talk about going through the AA program and what it was like in those meetings. I remember back then – late 2016, through 2017, it was like no one could say or admit that Brad was detoxing, rehabbing and working a program. A lot of people have different feelings about AA, but I think it’s interesting that he makes it sound like he doesn’t still go to AA meetings. Many people in recovery do seem to feel like the meetings are a daily/weekly/monthly part of their recovery too.

One moment which I didn’t include in the highlights is the part where James Gray talks about how Brad was at his house (Gray’s house) on Oscar night when Moonlight won Best Picture. Brad was eating a spaghetti dinner with Gray’s family and Brad had to be told second-hand that the film he produced won Best Picture. It’s a story about Brad’s priorities, for sure. But I can’t help but think that the story is missing some elements, right? Like, really, why didn’t Brad go to the Oscars that year?

*FILE PHOTOS* Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are legally separated

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  1. Sierra says:

    Angelina drops mike and walks away.

    So he is finally admitting to destroying the family with alcohol and his abusive behaviour? Man he really wants that Oscar.

    I think he was forced to go to AA after the plane incident by child services, court appointed therapists and judge.

    If he really has sobered up them good for him but I doubt it with the company he seems to keep.

    The children deserves a father who puts them first but so far, Brad hasn’t. Hopefully that will change in the future.

    • Mindhunt says:

      “abusive behavior”. So Brad is an abuser. You are throwing a lot of things out that you really know nothing about. Regardless of why he went, he went. And looks to be doing well. That’s great for him and his kids.

      • Sierra says:

        You do know this is CB and people speculate or write their opinions right? No one knows the truth so it’s all speculation on our part.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        We do know these things.

        There was an altercation on the plane and Maddox didn’t start it. BP did. Either Maddox was pushed or hit by BP, a man in his fifties while Maddox was 15 then. (Yes, some call this abusive behavior by BP).

        We also know b/c of this altercation, it was the last straw for Angie b/c of BP’s yelling and drinking, she left and never looked back.

        We also know, BP, Maddox and Pax don’t see each other and haven’t for three years.

        Lastly, we know many people tried to make it seem like Angie was lying about all this and BP and his people tried to smear her and say she was lying and now he comes out w/ this b/c he wants an Oscar.

        So yeah, lol, we now know he’s caught in his own lies again.

      • KEEKS says:

        @ mindhunt Abusing alcohol and drugs is abusing those who love you. If you think you can be a parent of children and have those abuse issues and NOT call that abuse, you need to keep your answers to yourself. It is abuse, and it is neglect. Because drugs and alcohol will keep you away from being with those kids, and being drunk and high around your kids, and the things that come out of a dillusional mind, and also, watching someone you love struggle, it’s all abusive behavior. MIC DROP.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “So Brad is an abuser.”

        Documented, yes. to the point that the court ordered supervised visits. Which his two oldest refused to participate in. which is telling.

        “You are throwing a lot of things out that you really know nothing about.” Thankfully, the family court judges DO know something about it, and acted accordingly.

      • MC2 says:

        Keeks- I think you are taking a huge, and dangerous, leap here. Labeling every alcoholic who is in recovery as someone who is/was abusive is not helpful & not accurate. Sorry for whatever you went through, but this is a stretch & not true for many, many people who have struggled with dependence on a substance at some point in their life (see- half the population of our country). Many people (maybe not BP though) quit their behaviors before abuse to others occur, kudos to them & may they not wear your label.
        Pick up the mic please….

      • LadyT says:

        Mindhunt—Trying to have a reasonable discussion about Pitt here is just going to give you indigestion. Save yourself 😉

      • guest says:

        @ Lady T. you are just as single-minded in your defense of Pitt. How is that any more reasonable? Do you define as “reasonable” only those opinions which stan Pitt? Why not provide some facts to back up your support of him, particularly where his children and ex-wife are concerned? I’m truly curious and puzzled because I read your comments and I know you are a staunch defender, but you never give any reasons why.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        LadyT, who is being unreasonable?

        Mindhunt seems to be claiming that Pitt is not an abuser. but he is. and that is documented by the courts.

        I do agree that he seems to be doing better (who knows if it’s all talk and platitudes) and that that can only be good for him and his kids. but nobody here is being unreasonable that I can see.

      • Carol says:

        Well I’m glad Brad got help and is ready to repair his relationship with his kids. He never struck me as a guy who us inherently evil or bad, as people who know him routinely attest and contrary to the bulk of what CB commentators think. But just a guy who seems unhappy with himself and kind of immature. Hope he continues to rebuild his relationship with his kids.

      • Jaded says:

        @Mindhunt & LadyT: What we DO know is that neither Maddox nor Pax have a relationship with Brad now. Abuse covers a huge amount of territory – it doesn’t have to be physical. I’ve been abused mentally and emotionally to the point where I thought I was losing my mind. In each relationship, both men drank and smoked weed to excess. It’s an insidious thing that starts off slowly and progresses to the point where you allow so much awful, manipulative behaviour to happen that you lose your sense of self. Certainly his alcohol/pot consumption affected his behaviour and as a result he blew his marriage and lost two sons.

      • ad says:

        @jaded, I agree with you, there are different forms of abuse, it doesn’t have to be physical,. I believed there was a form of abuse that’s why the Child protection agency made recommendations for him to follow. I think Angelina was right to protect their children from any further abuse like any mother would do. The plane incident was the last straw for her, it must have been going on for a while.
        Let the man enjoy his freedom from family, he cannot cope having a family! He said fastest alone so let him be!

      • Carol says:

        @mindhunt- yeah, there are many commenters here that are very vested into the Jolie-Pitt marriage and its demise. Even stating that they “know” certain things that they really can’t know. Its kind of freaky how some people really think Jolie is some perfect being and everyone else around her as some defective mutant ie, Pitt, Aniston, etc. It’s nuts really.

    • ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

      Just feel the need to point out that a lot of people go to AA because they are forced into it by court order because of child abuse/neglect or DUI, or assault and battery.

      • Christina says:

        Yup. The courts try to change behavior, and lots of times all it does is teach abusers the language that sane people look for. He’s self-serving, but I’m glad that he’s finally admitted that AA was needed.

    • Hmmmm says:

      Yep, he’s a narcissist and only cares about himself and his pain. LoL is he capable of feeling anything?

      His kids are the ones who should be priority… not brad and not movies. But what do I know…


      • ad says:

        I think like what he said, fastest alone, he is referring better alone so he wants to be known just Brad Pitt without attachment. I don’t think he bonded much with his children unlike Ben Affleck. His children must have seen the very dark side of him which is very hard for them to imagine if he can be trusted to be with on their own.

      • ad says:

        Kids? His movies are his kids, himself first, others are priorities to him. Happiest without family attached just plain Brad Pitt- fastest alone- so he said

    • WTF says:

      I don’t have an opinion either way about Brad being an abuser, I would just like to point out that just because a Court orders supervised visitation doesn’t mean one of the parents is abusive. There are a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with violence that a Court would do that.

      • ad says:

        Maybe as a gesture to the kids if they were terrified to be with him. It must have been awful, frightening to see his ugly side!

      • whatWHAT? says:

        @WTF, what you say is true, of course…

        let’s say it is.

        why do you think that his two oldest, one of whom was involved in the incident on the plane where Pitt didn’t “hit him in the face” (I believe that’s how it was put by Pitt and his people), don’t want to have anything to do with him anymore?

        let’s say he didn’t “hit him in the face”. let’s say he NEVER hit any of them. and yet, his two oldest ignore his existence. there had to be SOME reason for this. years of verbal abuse of them? of their mom? there was something there, and it came out in court.

  2. Deedee says:

    I really wish the two of them could get back together, but too much water under the bridge it appears.

    • crogirl says:

      He hit her son. Then his team denied his substance abuse problems and made it sound as their biggest problem was how he was trying to discipline those kids while she let them do whatever they wanted. Not to mention Maddox being a bratty teen for daring to stand up to his abuser.
      He smeared her in the press for the last three years.
      Why would she ever go back to him?

      • ad says:

        Agree, Angelina said children needs protection & that’s just what she did, poor kids, they are free as much as their mother. Living their lives in a safe,happy, free from yelling environment!

      • Myrtle says:

        If that is true (hitting is not confirmed) then he hit his son, too. Maddox is/was also Brad’s son.

      • Des says:

        @Myrtle it’s true that Maddox is also his son, but it’s been clear that Angelina has always, always, always put Maddox first from the moment she decided they were family. BBT didn’t want to be his dad, so she went from wearing his blood around her neck to a quick divorce. Maddox bonded with Brad and she immediately built a family around him. And whatever happened on that plane, it affected Maddox and so she walked away from Brad. She’s an incredibly loyal mom.

    • Sidewithkids says:


      Same ole, same ole for him. He never apologizes for his actions tho. He never explains why his two boys don’t talk to him. He never protects Angie or the kids from the vileness of his stans or the public making him the victim when he clearly mistreated them.

      I hope Angie never gets anywhere near this guy, ever again.

      These lines seem like they were feed to him by CAA. Poor guy, he’s just lost in the HW hype.

      • SM says:

        He never apologizes for his actions tho. He never explains why his two boys don’t talk to him.  – regardless of who he is, he who did something to people around him is NOT obliged to public apologies or explanations. It the reverse of those criminals who publically apologise but never actually have the courage to seek for atonment from the ones they hurt. There is the public and the private. I know this is a gossip site so it exists by virtue of crossing it but still, this is a bit too far – to ask for someone to apologise in public for something that was not done to the public.

    • ad says:

      It won’t work & no love left between the two. They have to have a new start & go their separate ways & be civil towards each other to move on. Only them knows the truth.

  3. Jules says:

    Well he’s saying the right things. Only he knows how sincere his words are.

  4. Busyann says:

    There are some celebrities that I just dont pay much attention to, there are others that I wait for new stories to come out, and then there are the ones in between, that I normally could care less about, but my interest is growing. This version of Brad is definetly in the latter category. I like the growth that it seems like he has made, and it seems like he has found some type of balance and even happiness. It’s even more believable than say someone like Ben Affleck, who I think will forever go in and out of sobriety and stability. Will this last? I don’t know, but I’m interested to see what’s next from Brad.

    • smcollins says:

      Me, too. I’ve been a fan since Thelma & Louise, though, so I’m more of the anticipates news about him type. I know he’s not very well-liked around here but I just can’t get on board with demonizing him for being human & flawed. Just because he didn’t go on some public apology tour doesn’t mean he hasn’t apologized and tried to make amends with the ones he actually hurt. He’s well trained on how to give an interview (giving away just enough without revealing too much of anything), and maybe he doesn’t address the family stuff more in-depth (or at all) because AJ and the kids would prefer he doesn’t. Who knows? I’m just glad he seems to be in a happier and healthier place, which in turn can help bring his relationships back to a happier and healthier place.

    • Hmmmm says:

      Lmaoooo you’re his target demo then. He hasn’t said anything new. He’s still on his pitty me train. Meanwhile his kids are enjoying life without him. How sad.

      • tealily says:

        Curious what he would have to say or do for you to feel he had made a real change in his life. This seems like a start to me.

      • Hmm says:

        He’s said the same thing in old interviews. Absolutely NOTHING new. Even down to the way he was raised but at least he kept himself from throwing his own daddy under the bus this time.

        Older interviews he claimed movies took him away from those kids and what does he do immediately after losing those kids? Jumps at the chance of Oscar bait. He is not a trustworthy person. All I read up in that interview is lies and pity me!

        I do not believe he was in AA meetings. He’s taking notes from Ben Affleck. BA is very honest about his alcoholism but Ben also gets to see his kids.

  5. Sidewithkids says:

    Also, this proves Angie was right the whole time. Where’s her apology? Oh, that’s right, they’ll find a way to still blame her for no reason. SMH.

    • Bookworm says:

      No one knows if there was an apology except the two of them. Haha – would anyone expect that to be published or something?

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree, hopefully he has apologized privately, no need for that to be a public thing.

        Though it would be nice if he’d stick up for her in the press, but he didn’t do that with his first wife either, so I’m not surprised. Plus a lot of the tabloid stories about her came out of his camp during the custody battles.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        That’s the point. If he can’t publicly say he’s sorry what’s is he doing. Doubt he’s said it privately or Maddox and Pax would talk to him. He protects himself pretty well. He made sure to let us know the houses in New Orleans being run down now wasn’t his fault. Why not stand up for the people he say he supposedly loves? Why not the mother of his children and his children? Oh, that’s right, he’s too busy making it all about him and smearing them as well. Dude is full of it and he keeps proving that point. God Bless Angie for getting far away from him.

      • Myrtle says:

        In my experience, when people are truly sorry for something, they don’t keep it a secret. Brad is well-versed in controlling the narrative around himself and, as always, prefers to come off as too cool for school. “Bonging myself into oblivion” is the new “drinking a Russian under the table with his own vodka.” Whatever.

  6. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Cacophony? Seriously? Sure Jan. 🙄

  7. N says:

    @Kaiser, 100% agree. The meetings really are a must. Whenever my dad stops them, I know he will be back to them. I have gone to meetings too.
    Narcanon I can’t get behind since it’s run by Scientology.
    It’s simply 1 day at a time and I’m always supportive of someone changing and battling this debilitating disease. A family’s struggle with addiction is simply not up for dissecting personally, but I do appreciate you speaking up about your demons. It’s very hard work.

    • Stephanie emborsky says:

      Actually I got sober without AA. And sadly there are similarities between AA and Scientology if you look at it from a cult point of view.

      • N says:

        Thank you. I think of this ALL the time and saw that at the meetings. They did not work for me and I did the work on my own. I don’t think it worked for me because I went to Southern Baptist school and can’t get the fundy approach out of my head and similarities I see.
        Can’t judge those that it does work for because they found something that works.

      • Jj says:

        My ex MIL went to NA meetings almost every night, she hadn’t touched her drug of choice in 20 years. But those meetings, and those people and the NA culture was so incredibly toxic! High school drama and love triangles, super creepy older men and vulnerable young women, and the gossip and relapses….it was sick to watch as an outsider. Sure, she has been sober 2 decades and that is quite an accomplishment, but engaging in the NA group’s toxic culture and needing to go so often, it was like another drug. Not to mention the power trips I saw this woman take with her sponsees *shudder*. I finally had to cut her out of my life, if she wants to see the kids she can go through my ex. The experiences I had with NA/AA were truly awful and I wouldn’t seek it out if I had addiction problems.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      This is all very true and an important part of addictions. The fight is forever. That is, if you choose to stay with your loved one. Personally, I’d never walk out on my child so I haven’t walked out on the hubs. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, but in my head, you don’t quit family. It’s a daily struggle.

      I tried the meetings for family members, and I couldn’t do it, but it works for many. There are times I think leaving him would lift the dark clouds, and I could grow old as a free spirit lol. But really, I know I couldn’t. I’m a dark person, a cynic, I literally hate sunshine! Why I’m not in Seattle I’ll never understand. I’m moody, serious, flippant and funny at the same time. My boys and my hubs are my family, and whatever demons they fight, I have to put on my armor and kick some ass.

      It’s not a walk in the park, it’s a frakking roller coaster, but it’s what I have. The hardest part is staying strong. I have my own meltdowns then I have to get back up again and start another day. Life is quite exhausting yeah?

      • Green Desert says:

        Oh Mabs I’m so sorry. I hope things work out for you and your family.

      • N says:

        Wanted to say that I’m doing last minute random things for this hurricane a coming but wanted to say I feel like you’re my Celebitchy soul sister after reading your beautiful post. Yes I burst into tears! Sometimes we need anyone in this world that goes through the same thing and the way you describe yourself sounds like myself and the family too. We can do this. Alanon was too weird here as well! I’ll go to Seattle with ya.
        I send only love and hugs and good things to you and your loved ones. Please let me know if you would like to exchange information for the good times and all the bad ones. You are never alone no matter how dark and lonely it can all seem.

      • prettypersuasion says:

        I relate to your situation so much. It’s hard and feels like an endurance challenge most days. (I also live in the Seattle area and love the dark winters!!)

      • Uh-huh says:

        I feel for you Mabs. I can totally relate to all of this in terms of personality if not situation. I keep myself in prisons of my own making but don’t have the strength or will to be free. I hate the sun. I’m thrilled that it’s September and the rain is coming! I’m not allowed to say that though, because no one else I know feels this way. It gives me permission to cocoon myself and not feel guilty about not ‘frolicking’ outdoors! The sound of rain soothes my overwrought nerves.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        You celebitchers are awesome. And no worries Green, I typed that while smiling! It IS nice to know others love rain, weather and embracing the different and crazy. But I don’t feel crazy actually, I feel empowered because I know my kind of crazy is probably only passionate. I laugh loud and cry hard lol. And just like y’all, I start to come alive again when summer is over, and I’m a July baby! Who knew. Rain massages my soul. I see storm clouds, and I can’t sequester smiles.

        Stay safe in that hurricane! I know they’re beautiful, but don’t stay if you’re actually on the coast. I love a good hurricane party or like one year, I sat in a patio corner beside a fireplace watching a cat 5, then the ominous eye, then angry winds again…gorgeous, but I was safe and 45 minutes inland. Just be safe safe safe.

        Don’t know how to exchange info as I’m not on anything anymore lol. But I’m down for soul sister connections and riding emotional waves with company lol!

      • Jaded says:

        Awww Mabs…thank you for revealing your struggles. Most of us have gone through dreadfully dark times – I’ve had to deal with alcoholic, abusive partners, ruined family relationships, days when I couldn’t get out of bed I felt so empty. But you have the right attitude, you just keep on keeping on and everyone in your life should appreciate it because YOU are THEIR strength.

      • Uh-huh says:

        That’s the problem with my rain and privacy loving soul, sigh. Just the thought of having a presence on social media makes me break out in hives. Even on this site, I don’t commit to one user name, although maybe I should start. Mostly I lurk, but I really enjoy reading the comments here, and becoming familiar with the regulars. It feels like a community.

  8. Lightpurple says:

    I don’t know about Ad Astra but he definitely deserves a supporting nomination for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    • Hmmmm says:

      For playing himself. That movie sucked.

      • Kebbie says:

        I’m surprised you watched it. Don’t you hate him? Why spend the money on his movie?

      • Hmmm says:

        I like movies. I won’t let my dislike for brad stop me from going to the movies. The movie dragged and is highly overrated like many of Tarantino’s movies. Brad played himself. And we’re supposed to think a man who apparently killed his wife and at the end goes on an acid trip and kills more woman as a hero. Talk about toxic masculinity.

        People are starting to see what a pos Tarantino is. Especially after how he did Bruce Lee.

    • Jerusha says:

      He was great. And I don’t usually care for Leo, but I thought he was terrific. I hope you stayed for the mock cig ad during the end credits.

      • Hmm says:

        The movie was gross. How is Tarantino going to have a man with a history of dating teenagers recite lines like “you can suck my d” to a character that’s supposed to be a teen? 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢 and the fact that brad agreed to it. Yikes.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        Jerusha, was it for Red Apple cigs?

      • Jerusha says:

        @what. Yes, it was and was very funny. Was like a lot of the ads I saw in the fifties, but they were done straight. Now I can just imagine what the pitch(wo)man did when the camera stopped rolling.

  9. wellsie says:

    Brad’s one of those people who try desperately to sound smart by going overboard with vocabulary. I wish someone would explain to him (slowly) that it doesn’t always work that way.

  10. Truth hurts says:

    Is he serious! He is capping the alcohol but I believe it was drugs also! Shift the blame to the next.
    Taking things as far as they can go is frightening!

    • Zut alors says:

      That statement about taking it as far as I can is horrifying. No wonder Angelina developed Bell’s Palsy and hypertension at the time. I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of stress and chaos she was undergoing.

      • OriginalCarol says:

        yeah, it’s no wonder that at one time, she looked all bones and skins. Lost a lot of weight due to having to deal with this scumbag. He’s the poison that slowing choking the life out of his family. Talk about toxic masculinity. Pun intended.

  11. ariel says:

    “And he seemed to be focused on men.” Well thank god. Men don’t get enough attention and focus in movies, tv…. oh wait.

    • deezee says:

      Yes that stuck out for me too. I side-eye someone with such priviledge in life and in Hollywood that purposely seeks out someone that is “focused on men.” It’s like when Chris Pratt said there weren’t enough movies being made for his 30-something year old straight white male demographic.

  12. lucy2 says:

    I’m glad he found a place to help work through his issues, and no one sold him out, because that would be such a gross violation. I hope he continues to go if he needs to – considering he described a lifetime of substance abuse, I think that’s likely.

    “He had this ’70s touch, like the films I was weaned on. There was a roughness to him, a violence. And he seemed to be focused on men.” A film director who likes violence and focuses on men? How utterly shocking and unusual! (sarcasm).
    The only female director he’s EVER worked with in hi 30 year career is his now ex-wife.

  13. Lowrider says:

    So, it was his alcohol abuse that destroyed his family not maleficent or the bratty child.

    He still reads as very lost with himself.

    • Hmmmm says:

      He’s selfish and still not telling any truth. LololoL

    • Millenial says:

      Well, he literally had it all and lost it. Having all the most important things in your life vanish and it’s all your own fault – no one to blame but yourself. I could see that taking decades to recover from. No wonder he seems lost (I don’t feel bad for him btw).

      My honest guess is that Pitt will Amal-up with someone in their late 30s in a few years and do a Mulligan on the whole family thing (which is crappy, but that’s how men do).

    • Lowrider says:

      Also, He has daddy issues. I think he needs to resolve his issues with his father.

  14. Lady D says:

    I used the AA mantra, one day at a time, to help me quit smoking. I used a one hour at a time approach. I succeeded, but willpower played a large role too.

  15. Hmmmm says:

    Pretty sure the state of California and Cps removed his drinking privileges. Is he gonna go on forever about how he can’t drink anymore because I’m pretty sure he was spotted drinking and smoking weed not long ago. Why lie? Find something else to talk about. Oh wait -you have nothing.

    He was going through things during ad astra? Omg the selfish fool. His kids were suffering and in trauma therapy waiting for daddy dearest to get it together.

  16. Sarah says:

    I hope he really is sober and working on repairing his relationship with his sons. Whatever happened on that plane and the smear campaign against Angelina Jolie and Maddox did a lot of damage and he needs to work hard to get them past that.

  17. Truth hurts says:

    I am sad to say you are right. It’s all for public consumption and distraction from why he wasn’t with Maddox on college day. It’s never good to see people go through the mess this family went through. And somehow this selfish man makes it about him!
    What about your damn kids man. What about how you wanted to stop because it was hurtful to my children for them to see me high and drunk.
    Ben Affleck might be a freakin womanizer but he puts his children first. For some reason I feel this mess is worse and deeper than we know. Or will ever know. He is covering up something. First of all he didn’t go to conventional rehab. That is beneath him. Maybe a life coach for rich write men yeah.
    I’m not gonna do this today Pitt.

  18. minx says:

    If he’s really serious about staying sober I root for him.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I do, too.

      I root for anyone who is TRULY trying to get better. is he really trying? it seems so, and I hope so, for the sake of his kids and his relationship with them.

  19. Amelie says:

    I don’t hate or love Brad Pitt, always been fairly neutral about him. I felt sorry for his kids after his divorce from AJ. We’ll never exactly know what their home life was like. My guess is he exhibited alcoholic behavior around them and maybe yelled and threw things but never physically hit any of them until whatever he did to Maddox on the plane (and again pure speculation). And that was AJ’s final straw.

    But I also don’t think he’s a terrible human being like Charlie Sheen (very extreme example). Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow have never gone on record about any substance abuse issues, but they could be covering for him for all we know. Angelina will always keep her silence, at least until her last child is grown and no longer a minor (pretty sure there was a gag order in regards to the divorce?). He is clearly trying to do better and he knows he is the cause of his own destruction. There’s no greater self-punishment than that. I hope he and his kids do get to a better place someday, if that’s what the kids want. Mostly I hope the kids have been able to get over the trauma. There are no winners in this situation.

    • Hmmm says:

      Funny enough he had the same attorney that Charlie sheen had in his divorce /custody battle with his ex, and Charlie managed to get 50/50. Brad didn’t. Says a lot. I think.

    • Yannie says:

      I don’t think gwyneth not Jen will say anything on his drinking. I mean they are too. I guess the reality that AJ has gone through her last surgery and she’s trying to be healthy and wanted that too for brad for them as a family. I mean i couldn’t imagine that I’m doing anything to stay on the family while my husband is wasting.

  20. MS says:

    People on some sites blaming Angelina for his drinking in the first place. This is why grown men never have to take responsibility for their own actions, because people will always give them a free pass & blame the woman.

    • otaku fairy... says:

      Yep. Of course they are. That’s the culture and it’s probably not going to change any time soon.

  21. Kikis says:

    I like his venurablity. Its all good. Please let the gone be gone. I wish Angelina people stop injecting their storyline in everything he does. He talk self improvement can you stick with the topic? This is not about her. Not everything is about her imo.

  22. ad says:

    Nothing new, he is still Brad Pitt who loves to sell his movies & his movies are his life nothing else.

  23. SilentStar says:

    All I can say is thank goodness he decided to forgo the botox or fillers or whatever he was going to himself a couple years ago. So much more handsome with wrinkles.