September 04, 2019
In the years since Brangelina reverted back to being just Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie following their messier-than-most split, both stars are now seemingly back on track.
Brad Pitt Talks Quitting Drinking, AA Meetings After Pain Of Angelina Jolie Split
For Brad, who faced allegations of physical abuse and excessive drinking during the prolonged custody battle over the couple’s six children, getting sober was a major turning point.
Speaking with The New York Times in a revealing profile published on Wednesday, the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actor revealed he has stopped drinking altogether, and sought the support of Alcoholics Anonymous group meetings to process the fallout from his highly-publicised divorce. 
“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges,” he told the outlet, adding that he attended AA meetings for a year and a half. “You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” Brad continued. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”
Brad shared few specifics of his split with his ex-wife, revealing only that he had “family stuff going on”. But he did remark on the power of being emotionally vulnerable, noting it’s “really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself”.
“The fact is, we all carry pain, grief and loss,” he said. “We spend most of our time hiding it, but it’s there, it’s in you. So you open up those boxes.”
Brad previously described his 2016 split from Jolie as a “huge generator for change” in his own life that allowed him to take a hard look at his bad habits. 
“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 realise that a lot of it is, um — cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I’m running from feelings,” he told GQ in May 2017. “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.”Brad Pitt has had 2 big performances this year in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and now “Ad Astra.” He opens up about sobriety and his Alcoholics Anonymous recovery group. https://t.co/ubnlau4Zr9— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 4, 2019In the NYT profile, Brad described how the attention he received as his career was taking off in the 1990s “really threw” him and made him even more dependent on drugs and alcohol.
“It was really uncomfortable for me, the cacophony of expectations and judgments,” he said. “I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion.”
Life certainly seems a bit smoother for Brad these days.
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