‘I think all our hearts are broken’: Brad Pitt thinks about life after divorce while the ‘all or nothing’ star says he has stopped smoking and drinking since he broke up with Angelina Jolie
- The Hollywood star embraced a life of abstinence that began shortly after their divorce ended in 2016.
- But his newfound positivity is tempered by the belief that we all experience terrible heartache at some point in our lives.
- Speaking for the latest issue of the British GQ, Pitt insisted that emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growth
- The actor spent 18 months attending regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, while accepting the basic principles of the group – abstinence.
- Pitt, a lifelong smoker, also made the decision to eliminate cigarettes from his life, deciding instead to replace tobacco with nicotine-flavored chewing gum.
Brad Pitt gave a gloomy assessment of the human condition as he moves from the collapse of his five-year marriage to actress Angelina Jolie.
The Hollywood star embraced a life of abstinence that began shortly after their divorce ended in 2016, but his newfound positivity has been mitigated by the belief that we all experience terrible pain at some point in life.
Speaking of the latest British edition GQPitt, 58, insisted that emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growth.
Opening: Brad Pitt gave a grim assessment of the human condition as he moves from the collapse of his five-year marriage to actress Angelina Jolie
‘I think all our hearts are broken,’ he said. ‘I’ve always felt very alone in my life, alone while growing up as a child, I’m even here, and in fact I’ve only recently had a bigger hug from my friends and family.
‘What a line it was, be it either Rilke or Einstein, believe it or not, but it was something about when you can walk with paradox, when you carry true pain and true joy at the same time, this is maturity, this is growth.’
Despite the prevailing feeling of isolation, Pitt admits that he found community and friendship through the decision to give up alcohol in 2016.
Reflective: Speaking for the latest issue of GQ, Pitt, 58, insisted on the emotional turmoil and deep sadness that are an inevitable part of growth
Recently divorced, the actor spent 18 months attending regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings while embracing the basic principles of a group of abstinence from all mind-altering substances and honesty regarding the nature of addiction.
‘I had a really cool male group here that was really private and selective, so it was safe,’ he explained. ‘Because I’ve seen other people’s stuff filmed while it was spilled, and it’s just awful for me.’
Pitt, a lifelong smoker, also made the decision to eliminate cigarettes from his life, deciding instead to replace tobacco with nicotine-flavored chewing gum.
‘I don’t have that ability to work only one or two a day,’ he said of his habit of smoking in the past. ‘It’s not in my makeup. I’m coming in. And I will drive into the ground. I have lost my privileges. ‘
Old Times: Pitt with ex-wife Angelina Jolie at the 84th Academy Awards 2012. The couple divorced in 2016.
Success: The actor has since won praise – and awards – for his role as the unfortunate stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The actor continued after the divorce and has been romantically associated with 29-year-old Nicole Poturalski ever since, winning praise – and awards – for his role as the unfortunate stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
However, the sense of impending doom is always present, and Pitt admits that he is often tormented by the same recurring dream, in which he is brutally stabbed.
‘For a solid four or five years there, the biggest dream I would have experienced would be to be jumped and stabbed,’ he explained in an email to GQ.
‘And I would wake up in fear. I didn’t understand why they would want to hurt me. This stopped a year or two ago only when I started going back to sleep and just asking why? ‘
The July / August edition of GQ is available via digital download and on newsstands on June 28.