Brad Pitt Admits He Used Alcohol As an ‘Escape’

Brad Pitt gets real about his history with substance abuse.

While speaking to fellow actor Anthony Hopkins for Interview magazine, the 55-year-old admitted to relying on alcohol to cope with life.

When Hopkins asked, “I’ve read you had a struggle with booze and all that,” Pitt responded, “Well, I just saw it as a disservice to myself, as an escape.”

In response, Anthony — who co-starred with Brad in 1994’s “Legends of the Fall” and 1998’s “Meet Joe Black” — mentioned how he has been sober for about 45 years.

During their conversation, Angelina Jolie’s ex also opened up about his past mistakes.

“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,” he said. “You can’t have one without the other. 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.”

He continued, “I think we’re living in a time where we’re extremely judgmental and quick to treat people as disposable. 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. We’re all going to make mistakes. But what is that 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.”

The leading man announced in 2017 that he stopped drinking, telling GQ Style, “Don’t want to live that way anymore.”

“I was boozing too much,” he added. “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.”

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