Brad Pitt Attended A "Private And Selective" Alcoholics Anonymous Group To Manage His Addiction

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split up six years ago and went through one of the most public divorces Hollywood has ever seen. It was revealed that Pitt was struggling with addiction issues that contributed to their breakup.

Since then, Pitt has been laying pretty low and keeps his cards close to his chest. But in a recent interview with GQ, he opened up about life after his divorce and what his work is looking like these days. He's taking on roles that are a bit unexpected as well as producing more films than he was before. He also talked about the work he did to overcome his alcohol addiction.

Brad Pitt Attended a "Private and Selective" Alcoholics Anonymous Group

Pitt quit smoking when the coronavirus pandemic was in full force. He originally planned to just cut down on smoking, but he quickly realized that wasn't going to work. “I don’t have that ability to do just one or two a day,” he told GQ. “It’s not in my makeup. I’m all in. And I’m going to drive into the ground. I’ve lost my privileges.”

This is just one of several changes he's made for his health in the last few years in the wake of his divorce from Jolie. Another big step was joining Alcoholics Anonymous, the most renowned group that alcoholics attend in order to treat their addiction. However, because anyone can attend AA meetings, he needed to find a group that was suitable for someone who has one of the most recognizable faces on the planet.

“I had a really cool men’s group here that was really private and selective, so it was safe,” he said. “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 thinks he "spent years with a low-grade depression" and speculates that his heart has been broken for a long time. He says he's on a quest for meaning, and getting sober has seemingly helped him along the way.

He wishes he was someone who could manage his vices and continue his old morning habit of having a cigarette with his coffee, but he's "just at that age when nothing good comes from it."

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