Brad Pitt Reflects On Problems Battling Booze

Pitt reveals problems with battling alcoholism In a candid new interview with Anthony Hopkins for Interview magazine, Brad Pitt says he used alcohol to cope when his marriage to...

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Pitt reveals problems with battling alcoholism

In a candid new interview with Anthony Hopkins for Interview magazine, Brad Pitt says he used alcohol to cope when his marriage to Angelina Jolie was falling apart. As a recovering alcoholic, Pitt says he’s working on forgiving himself for his mistakes in an era where people are “judgmental and quick to treat people as disposable.”

“I’m realizing, as a real act of forgiveness for myself for all the choices that I’ve made that I’m not proud of, that I value those missteps, because they led to some wisdom, which led to something else. You can’t have one without the other,” Pitt said. “I see it as something I’m just now getting my arms around at this time in my life. But I certainly don’t feel like I can take credit for any of it.”

Pitt said he believes society has developed a fault-finding attitude, focusing on people’s mistakes, but not on the actions they take to improve themselves.

“We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake. But the next move, what you do after the mistake, is what really defines a person,” Pitt told Hopkins. “We’re all going to make mistakes. But what is the next step? We don’t, as a culture, seem to stick around to see what that person’s next step is. And that’s the part I find so much more invigorating and interesting.”

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