Sober Brad Pitt confronts his nightmare amid custody battle

In a new interview, Brad Pitt doesn’t specifically address the public fallout of his marriage to Angelina Jolie, or his ongoing, six-year legal battle over the nightmares, custody of his six children, but the legendary actor. British GQ . discovers That the breakup of his family in 2016 prompted him to quit drinking and eventually smoking.

Pitt, 58, was again alone and freed from substances in his mind and body, saying he had to face some hard truths about himself. In doing so, he explained that he is able to form really deep connections with other people and find new meaning in his film work and the way he connects to other types of art.

Pitt, who grew up in Missouri, said, “I always felt very lonely in my life, growing up alone as a kid, even lonely, and it wasn’t really until recently. That I have embraced my friends and family more and more.” And came to Hollywood at the age of 22.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Cinema for Peace gala festival at Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt during the fifth day of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretane/Getty Images for Cinema for Peace)

Pitt’s interview with GQ writer Otesa Moshfeg takes place in the living room of their Craftsman-style home in the Hollywood Hills. Moshfeg said the room is tastefully furnished, but does not have any family photos.

Pitt said he realized he probably “spent years with low-grade depression.”

“It’s not until I’m trying to embrace all sides of myself—the beauty and the ugly—that I’m able to capture those moments of joy.”

Pitt explained how emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an essential part of personal growth. “I feel like all our hearts are broken.”

Such comments about broken hearts and feelings of loneliness come two months after it was reported that Pitt fears he will never have much of a relationship with his six children as his custody dispute with Jolie remains unresolved. According to a source quoted by Us Weekly, the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star is under the impression that Jolie expects children to “do nothing” to her as she ages.

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This file photo taken on December 15, 2014 shows actor Brad Pitt and kids Pax Jolie-Pitt (L), Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (C) and Maddox Jolie-Pitt as they prepare for the US premiere of Universal Pictures “Unbroken” Arrive. Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. (Robin Beckrobin Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Robin Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Pitt’s two children — sons Maddox, 20, and Pax, 18 — are already adults. It has been widely reported that Pitt and Maddox have split. Pitt’s other children with Jolie are 17-year-old Zahra and 15-year-old Shiloh, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

The nightmare in Pitt’s custody continues, but the Oscar winner explained to GQ how he worked to solve a real nightmare, which he said regularly haunted his dreams for about four or five years. was. In nightmares, he would always jump, chase and stab.

“It would always be at night, in the dark, and I would be walking in a park or on a sidewalk along a boardwalk and as soon as I passed under a street lamp like an exorcist, someone would jump out of the abyss and stab me. in the ribs,” Pitt described in an email to Moshfeg. “Or I saw I was being followed and then another one hooked me up and I realized I was trapped, and they meant to cause serious harm to me. Or chased through a house with a child Going I help escape but pinned to the deck – and stabbed. Always stabbed.”

While Moshfeg said the dream could be interpreted as Pitt’s fear of being chased by the paparazzi, the actor said that the dream eventually went away when he started writing about it. “It just stopped a year or two ago when I started going straight back to the dream and asking why?”

In this interview and others since his divorce from Jolie, Pitt credits his ability to become more considerate and combative to his decision to quit drinking and go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Jolie’s fight to stop Pitt from placing her children in joint custody is based on her domestic violence allegations, which are said to have been inspired by Pitt’s alcohol abuse and problems managing her anger.

American Film Stars Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie, Along With Their Six Children, Attend Photographers' Arrival At Haneda Airport In Tokyo On November 8, 2011.  Brad Pitt Is Here For The Japan Premiere Of His Last Film 'Moneyball'.  (Photo By Toru Yamanaka/Afp/Getty Images)
American film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, along with their six children, attend photographers’ arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on November 8, 2011. Brad Pitt is here for the Japan premiere of his last film ‘Moneyball’. (Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Pitt told GQ that he spent a year and a half going to AA meetings. “I had a really nice group of men here that were really private and selective, so it was safe,” he said. “Because I’ve seen other people’s things that were recorded while they were bragging about their guts, and that’s very atrocious to me.”

Pitt was previously married to Jennifer Aniston from 2000 to 2005. But the two divorced soon after Pitt met Jolie on the set of the action thriller, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” in which they played husband-and-wife killers. Over the next 10 years, the Hollywood super couple raised their children, made movies and became known for their humanitarian work. They finally got married in 2014 in a private ceremony at their jointly owned French chateau.

After two years everything fell apart. Jolie filed for divorce soon after an allegedly intoxicated Pitt had some sort of confrontation with Maddox on a private plane returning from Europe. After an investigation by the FBI and Child Protective Services, Pitt was cleared of any wrongdoing.

In 2018 and 2019 it was reported that the actors were happy to meet with their children under the supervision of a court-appointed monitor. Pitt and Jolie are believed to have been working towards an “amicable” co-parenting relationship, as they and the children took over a property in the Los Feliz neighborhood away from Pitt’s home.

At some point, the supposed rapprochement broke down. Jolie reportedly objected to holding Pitt 50/50 in custody, and the custody battle reached the high courts last year, including the California Supreme Court. The verdict was not in Pitt’s favor.

The GQ story doesn’t mention whether Pitt spends time with his kids, probably because the actor agreed to speak to the magazine on the condition that he would not be asked about the legal battle. Instead the interview focuses on other ways Pitt spends his time – mostly alone.

According to the story, Pitt learned ceramics during the COVID-19 pandemic, and started getting up early each morning to play his guitar. He is also busy making films. He stars in this summer’s action-adventure film, “Bullet Train.” Along with his Plan B entertainment company, Pitt also continues to produce. She is particularly proud of the film “Women Talking” about a group of Mennonite women who unite against their rapists, directed by Sarah Polley.

“It’s as deep a film as this decade has made,” Pitt told GQ.

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