Brad Pitt muses on life after divorce as ‘all or nothing’ star says he’s given up smoking


‘I think all our hearts are broken’: Brad Pitt muses on life after divorce as ‘all or nothing’ star says he’s given up smoking and drinking since splitting with Angelina Jolie

  • The Hollywood star has embraced a life of abstinence that began shortly after their divorce was finalised in 2016
  • But his newfound positivity is tempered by the belief that all of us experience wrenching heartache at some point in our lives
  • Speaking to the latest edition of British GQ , Pitt insisted emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growth 
  • The actor spent 18-months attending regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings while embracing the group’s core principles of abstinence 
  • Pitt, a lifelong smoker, also made the decision to cut cigarettes out of his life, opting instead to substitute tobacco with nicotine flavoured gum 

Brad Pitt has given a bleak assessment of the human condition as he moves on from the collapse of his five year marriage to actress Angelina Jolie.

The Hollywood star has embraced a life of abstinence that began shortly after their divorce was finalised in 2016, but his newfound positivity is tempered by the belief that all of us experience wrenching heartache at some point in our lives. 

Speaking to the latest edition of British GQ, Pitt, 58, insisted emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growth. 

Opening up: Brad Pitt has given a bleak assessment of the human condition as he moves on from the collapse of his five year marriage to actress Angelina Jolie

Opening up: Brad Pitt has given a bleak assessment of the human condition as he moves on from the collapse of his five year marriage to actress Angelina Jolie

‘I think all our hearts are broken,’ he said. ‘I always felt very alone in my life, alone growing up as a kid, alone even out here, and it’s really not till recently that I have had a greater embrace of my friends and family. 

‘What’s that line, it was either Rilke or Einstein, believe it or not, but it was something about when you can walk with the paradox, when you carry real pain and real joy simultaneously, this is maturity, this is growth.’

Despite the overriding sense of isolation, Pitt admits he’s found community and friendship through his decision to give up alcohol in 2016. 

Reflective: Speaking to the latest edition of GQ , Pitt, 58, insisted emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growth

Reflective: Speaking to the latest edition of GQ , Pitt, 58, insisted emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growth

Newly divorced, the actor spent 18-months attending regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings while embracing the group’s core principles of abstinence from all mind altering substances, and honesty regarding the nature of addiction.    

‘I had a really cool men’s group here that was really private and selective, so it was safe,’ he explained. ‘Because I’d seen things of other people who had been recorded while they were spilling their guts, and that’s just atrocious to me.’ 

Pitt, a lifelong smoker, also made the decision to cut cigarettes out of his life, opting instead to substitute tobacco with nicotine flavoured gum.  

‘I don’t have that ability to do just one or two a day,’ he said of his past smoking habit. ‘It’s not in my makeup. I’m all in. And I’m going to drive into the ground. I’ve lost my privileges.’ 

Old times: Pitt with ex-wife Angelina Jolie at the 84th annual Academy Awards in 2012. The couple ended their marriage in 2016

Old times: Pitt with ex-wife Angelina Jolie at the 84th annual Academy Awards in 2012. The couple ended their marriage in 2016

Success: The actor has since won plaudits - and awards - for his role as hapless stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Success: The actor has since won plaudits – and awards – for his role as hapless stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The actor has moved on following his divorce and has since been romantically linked with 29-year old Nicole Poturalski, while winning plaudits – and awards – for his role as hapless stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. 

However a sense of impending doom is ever-present, and Pitt admits he is frequently tortured by the same recurring dream, in which he is brutally stabbed. 

‘For a solid four or five years there, the most predominant dream I would experience would be getting jumped and stabbed,’ he explained in an email to GQ. 

‘And I would awake in a terror. I didn’t understand why it/they would want to hurt me. This stopped a year or two ago only when I started going straight back into the dream and asking simply why?’

The July/August issue of GQ is available via digital download and on newsstands  on 28th June.  

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