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Over the past couple of years, Brad Pitt has confronted his “ugly side”. It was a part of him kept hidden away from the red carpets and cameras, a part only those closest to him — those he loved the most — got to see. His alcoholism.
But in recent years, the actor has chosen to expose it to the world.
Speaking to Carrie Bickmore on The Project on Monday night, the 55-year-old explained that being open about his struggles is about acknowledging that others are in the same position.
“We all carry deep pains to different degrees, and regrets, and we’re very good, certainly in my culture, of burying those,” he said.
“I think [being open] leads to more well-rounded and certainly more comfortable existence with yourself, and I find that you can enjoy the good stuff more.”
In 2017, Pitt spoke publicly about his addiction via GQ, explaining his then-recent split from partner of 12 years, Angelina Jolie: “This last year, you know — things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem”.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, the 55-year-old revealed that he first opened up to a group of strangers. An all-male Alcoholics Anonymous group, which he attended for a year-and-a-half after Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.
“You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” he told the publication. “It was this safe space where there was little judgement, and therefore little judgement of yourself.
“It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself,” he said. “There’s great value in that.”
Fame, depression and drugs: Brad Pitt’s early career.
Alcohol and drugs became a crutch for Pitt early on in his career. His profile swelled after his appearance in the 1991 cult classic, Thelma and Louise, and roles in Interview With The Vampire, Legends of the Fall (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination) and Seven only cemented his status as Hollywood’s new obsession.