Brad Pitt is the new cover star for GQ Style's summer issue, and he's getting candid about recent life changes that flipped his world upside down—in most part for the better. The actor opens up about split from Angelia Jolie, who filed for divorce last September after two years of marriage.
Jolie reportedly requested joint legal custody of the couple's six children. Pitt touches on how the visitation rights and domestic abuse allegations affected them:
"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, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you're right and why they're wrong, and it's just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It's just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart."
The actor is currently trying to better himself, which means facing his drinking issues. "And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good." He continues, "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 also tells the magazine that he just started therapy and how he's recently become a big fan of R&B music, explaining that while the genre is instilled with pain, it also comes with great celebration. "I've been listening to a lot of Frank Ocean. I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth. He's painfully honest. He's very, very special. I can't find a bad one," the actor reveals." And of great irony to me: Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear [Gaye's touchstone album about divorce]. And that kind of sent me down a road."
Last February, Jolie opened about their divorce. “We are focusing on the health of our family,” she told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, while stressing how great of a father Pitt is to their kids. “We will be stronger when we come out of this because that’s what we’re determined to do as a family. We will always be a family, always.”
Jolie is currently working on her directorial debut First They Killed My Father (to be released on Netflix), and Pitt will star in War Machine that premieres on May 26.