Brad Pitt is opening up to GQ magazine about his recent divorce from Angelina Jolie and his decision to get sober. And he’s admitting there’s one big fish that he never smoked with during his “stoner” days.
Pitt admits that he’s used alcohol and pot to mask his feelings over the years. However, after the last six months — going through his second divorce — he’s sober.
“These moments have always been a huge generator for change,” he told the mag. “And I’m quite grateful for it. 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. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”
The 53-year-old hasn’t smoked pot since becoming a father, but he says giving up weed wasn’t difficult.
“Back in my stoner days, I wanted to smoke a joint with Jack and Snoop and Willie,” he said. “You know, when you’re a stoner, you get these really stupid ideas. Well, I don’t want to indict the others, but I haven’t made it to Willie yet.”
While that yet implies there’s a possibility it could happen, when asked if it was difficult to give alcohol, he responds, “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.”
But his reason for giving up booze is simple.
“Don’t want to live that way anymore,” he states.
What’s he doing instead?
“Cranberry juice and fizzy water,” he says. “I’ve got the cleanest urinary tract in all of L.A., I guarantee you! 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.”