Earlier today, GQ published a cover story on Brad Pitt in which the screen icon opened up for the first time about life after his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
In the interview, Pitt admitted to struggling with alcohol abuse, but says he's quit drinking and started attending therapy in recent months.
It had long been rumored that Brad's drinking and drug use played a role in Angie's decision to cut him loose, and now, for the first time, Pitt is opening up about the extent of his substance abuse.
At one point in the GQ piece, Pitt reveals that he doesn't recall spending a single day completely sober in the past 30 years:
"I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something," Brad tells the men's mag.
"And you realize that a lot of it is, um — cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I’m running from feelings."
Pitt goes on to say that he stopped smoking pot and (mostly stopped smoking cigarettes) after meeting Jolie and starting a family - but notes that he didn't quit drinking until very recently:
“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," the actor says, adding:
"I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”
Some fans have pointed out that there's evidence Pitt's not being completely honest about his sobriety timeline, as Quentin Tarantino says he smoked weed with Brad just a few years ago.
But the important thing is that Brad seems committed to remaining sober going forward, noting that these days his beverages of choice are cranberry juice and "fizzy water."
So what drove a man who seemingly has it all to seek solace in inebriants.
Brad offers this candid answer to the question:
“I certainly shield. Shield, shield, shield," he says.
"Mask, escape. Now I think: ‘That’s just me.‘”
Pitt goes on to say:
“Delusion is not going to let you go...We, as humans, construct such mousetrap mind games to get away from it all."
If that sounds like the talk of someone who's attending a lot of therapy sessions these days, well ... it is.
“You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it,” he says.
“I went through two therapists to get to the right one.”
We're glad Brad's found the help he was searching for, and we wish him all the best going forward.