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Brad Pitt Compares Split From Angelina Jolie Like 'A Death'

Brad Pitt Compares Split From Angelina Jolie Like 'A Death'

He was speaking about it for the first time.

Last year, it was announced that Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were to split. And earlier, in January, Angelina didn't help things when, during a custody battle over their six children, she claimed he was 'publicly impugning' her character.

But now, for the first time, Brad has spoken about what led to the divorce - and only had himself to blame.

The 53-year-old, speaking in this month's GQ style magazine, opened up about everything from his upbringing with his revivalist Christian parents to his new-found interest in therapy. He even admits to using drugs and alcohol as a support mechanism.

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Pitt revealed that he had been receiving mental health counselling since Jolie filed for divorce back in August 2016, but said the path leading to that decision had been 'self-inflicted'.

He told the magazine: "I famously step in shit - at least for me it seems pretty epic.

"I often wind up with a smelly foot in my mouth. I often say the wrong thing, often in the wrong place and time... I'm trying to get better. I'm really trying to get better.

"You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get the right one."

The Oceans Eleven (not forgetting Twelve and Thirteen) actor talked of his loneliness since the split, and what he does to feel better.

"I get up every morning and I make a fire," he said. "When I go to bed, I make a fire. Just because it makes me feel life. I just feel life in this house."

Pitt also spoke of his drug and alcohol battles, which have taken place constantly throughout his life. He even described himself as a 'professional boozer'.

"I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something," he added. "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."

The custody battle with the kids is one that Brad is protective over. He spoke, in the interview, of how he's trying to become a better dad, by listening to them more.

On his divorce, Pitt said that he now understands the phrase 'if you love someone, set them free'.

"It means to love without ownership," he said. "It means expecting nothing in return. It doesn't mean fuck-all to me until, you know. Until you live it."

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Topics: Divorce, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt