Brad Pitt’s first interview post Angelina Jolie split: Our family was ripped apart

In his first interview after the sudden separation from Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt says it was jarring for their 6 kids to have their family ripped apart.

hollywood Updated: May 04, 2017 15:12 IST
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Actor Brad Pitt poses at the premiere of the film Allied in Paris, France on November 20, 2016.(REUTERS)

Hollywood star Brad Pitt has opened up for the first time about his much publicised split from actor wife Angelina Jolie, saying that the end of the marriage had a “jarring” affect on their kids.

Jolie, 41, filed for divorce last September after a reported altercation involving the couple’s 15-year-old son, Maddox, which led to an investigation by the FBI and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Pitt was ultimately given a clean chit by the agencies.

(This file photo taken on February 18, 2017 shows Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (1st-L) speaks as her children and actors of her new film stand on a stage during the premiere of Jolie's new film First They Killed My Father at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap. (AFP)

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, the 53-year-old actor said he and Jolie are now primarily focused on co- parenting 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,” he said.

Court proceedings are just an “investment in vitriolic hatred”, he added.

“You spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong... I just refuse. And fortunately my partner (Jolie) in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart,” Pitt said.

While the actor said he was still grieving the end of his marriage and joy remained “elusive”, he revealed that after the separation he had abandoned substance use — including alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes — and had been “sober” for six months.

Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the premiere of the film Allied in Madrid, Spain on November 22, 2016. (REUTERS)

“...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,” Pitt said.

The star delved into his destructive drinking habits.

“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,” he said.

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First Published: May 04, 2017 15:09 IST