Brad Pitt has admitted heavy drinking helped ruin his marriage and revealed he is teetotal and in therapy in his first interview since his shock split from Angelina Jolie.
Jolie, 41, filed for divorce in September, citing irreconcilable differences. She accused Pitt of hitting their teenage son on a flight from France to Los Angeles, sparking tabloid gossip and an FBI probe.
The 53-year-old was cleared by the FBI and social workers and wants joint legal and physical custody of Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, eight, while Jolie is demanding sole guardianship.
“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,” Pitt told GQ Style magazine.
“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.”
Pitt, who has three Oscar nominations for acting and one win for producing “12 Years a Slave,” says he was able to swap alcohol for cranberry juice and fizzy water after deciding he didn’t “want to live that way anymore.”