Much like the moon landing and the launch of the Popeyes chicken sandwich, you’ll always remember where you were when you learned that Brad Pitt might have a real problem with alcohol. Three years ago, the story broke that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s marriage might have ended after an allegedly drunk Brad went all This Boys Life on Maddox Jolie-Pitt on a private plane. If that sounded like the kind of wake-up call from rock bottom that gets someone to quit boozing, you’d be right. Brad is once again talking about his issues with alcohol, this time to The New York Times (via USA Today). And according to Brad, he had to quit drinking.
Brad first addressed the not-sober elephant in the room back in 2017 during an interview with GQ. Brad, who has claimed that he spent the 90s in a weed fog, said that he gave up everything but drinking when he started a family with Angie. He acknowledged that he was drinking too much and decided to quit. He also decided to get serious help from Alcoholics Anonymous. Brad tells The New York Times that he began attending all-male AA meetings:
“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges. You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard. It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”
Brad adds that he enjoyed his time in AA because no one ratted him out to the press. It’s true, they didn’t! Not once did I read a blind item that went: “LEGEND has it that this INGLOURIOUS actor takes at least SEVEN cookies when he MEETs to discuss his sobriety.” But he also enjoyed it because it was cathartic to get real with people.
“It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself. There’s great value in that.”
Plus, it helped him get to the bottom of his issues, which apparently – much like Justin Bieber – was fame.
“In the ’90s, all that attention really threw me. It was really uncomfortable for me, the cacophony of expectations and judgments. I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion.”
Brad being sober also means there’s a good chance he won’t get any more tattoos he will surely regret. And I’m glad he’s got a group of dudes that can safely share with.
“Hello, I’m Brad, I’m an alcoholic. Yesterday was tough for me, as something touched my mouth that didn’t make me feel good. Whoah, relax – I didn’t grab a beer. No, Lena Dunham swooped in for a kiss.”