News flash: Brad Pitt is human too. The star, who split from Angelina Jolie last September, reveals his heavy boozing and how he had to crash at his pals' homes after the divorce in an unusually candid interview with GQ Style. Here are six things we learnt.
#1 After he split from Angelina Jolie, he was too heartbroken to continue living in their shared home.
“It was too sad to be [at home] at first, so I went and stayed on a friend's floor, a little bungalow in Santa Monica. I crashed over here a little bit, my friend [David] Fincher [who also directed Brad in Fight Club] lives right here. He's always going to have an open door for me, and I was doing a lot of stuff on the Westside, so I stayed at my friend's house on the floor for a month and a half until I was out there one morning, 5:30, and this surveillance van pulls up. They don't know that I'm up behind a wall, and they pull up—and it's a long story—but it was something more than TMZ, because they got into my friend's computer. The stuff they can do these days.... So I got a little paranoid being there. I decided I had to pick up and [go back home].” Oh, and he’s also taking sculpting lessons at another pal’s place. Brad added, “My friend [Thomas Houseago] is a serious sculptor. They've been kind. I've literally been squatting in there for a month now. I'm taking a s*** on their sanctity.”
#2 Angelina Jolie had alleged that he had a drinking problem... which turned out to be true.
Who knew that beneath his matinee idol looks was a man who had a raging booze problem? “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,” Brad said. “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.”
#3 He’s since quit boozing and claims to have the, um, “cleanest urinary tract in all of LA” now.
Instead of booze, Brad is now guzzling on cranberry juice and water. “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.” Er, is there such a thing as side effect from too much cranberry juice?
#4 He has also started seeing a therapist to resolve his issues.
“I just started therapy,” said Brad in the interview. “I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one.” But don’t call his situation a midlife crisis: “I interpret a midlife crisis as a fear of growing old and fear of dying, you know, going out and buying a Lamborghini.”
#5 He’s working out visitation deets with Angelina for their six children.
“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,” shared Brad. “I see it happen to friends—I see where the one spouse literally can't tell their own part in it, and is still competing with the other in some way and wants to destroy them and needs vindication by destruction, and just wasting years on that hatred. I don't want to live that way.”
#6 Brad’s BFF now is his pet dog, Jacques.
The interview also revealed Brad’s close relationship with his French bulldog Jacques, who spends the interview “beached in a narcoleptic reverie…snoring and farting”. At one point, Jacques nuzzles his owner, who coos to him: “I know you’ve been lonely. I know you’ve been lonely.” But is it Brad or Jacques who is lonely? Brad muses: “Did you ever have the uncle that came over with emphysema, and had to sleep in your room when you were 6? That's Jacques.” He also beckoned the dog to him while saying, “Come here, boy. Friends for life!”