Brad Pitt Is Now Sober

Brad Pitt

With his divorce from actress Angelina Jolie now largely out of the public eye, actor Brad Pitt has spoken candidly in a new interview about his past alcohol and drug use, the emotional turmoil that fueled them, and his life in recovery.

The 53-year-old actor told GQ Style that he was “really, really happy” to have quit drinking and smoking marijuana, and was addressing his past issues through therapy and making sculptures. Pitt also acknowledged that he has refocused his energies to place his children’s welfare at the forefront, and may even step away from acting.

Pitt called the highly publicized split from Jolie in September 2016 a “huge generator for change,” and the impetus for him to curb his alcohol and drug habits. “I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something,” he recalled. “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.”

Pitt claimed that at the height of his drinking problem, he could “drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.” At the time of the interview, Pitt said that he was six months sober—an accomplishment he called “bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again.”

More importantly, he’s using the time to reflect on the issues that brought him to the flashpoint incident involving his children on a private jet last year. During the flight, Pitt reportedly become involved in an alcohol-fueled altercation with his 15-year-old adopted son, Maddox, which prompted not only the split with Jolie but also investigations from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI. He was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by both agencies.