Brad Pitt Reflects on Life After Divorce as ‘All or Nothing’ Star Says He’s Quit Smoking

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‘I think all of our hearts are broken’: Brad Pitt reflects on life after divorce as ‘all or nothing’ star says he’s quit smoking and drinking since splitting Angelina Jolie

  • The Hollywood star embraced a life of abstinence that began shortly after their divorce was finalized in 2016
  • But her newfound positivity is tempered by the belief that we all experience heartbreaking heartache at some point in our lives.
  • Speaking to the latest edition of Britain’s GQ, Pitt insisted that emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growing up.
  • The actor spent 18 months attending regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous while embracing the group’s core abstinence principles.
  • Pitt, a lifelong smoker, also made the decision to cut cigarettes from his life, opting instead to replace tobacco with nicotine-flavored gum.

Brad Pitt has given a grim assessment of the human condition as he moves on from the collapse of his five-year marriage to actress Angelina Jolie.

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The Hollywood star has embraced a life of sobriety that began shortly after their divorce was finalized in 2016, but her newfound positivity is tempered by the belief that we all experience heartbreaking heartache at some point in our lives. life.

Speaking to the latest edition of British GQ, Pitt, 58, insisted that emotional turmoil and deep sadness are an inevitable part of growing up.

Opening: Brad Pitt has given a grim assessment of the human condition as he moves on from the collapse of his five-year marriage to actress Angelina Jolie

“I think all of our hearts are broken,” he said. “I’ve always felt very alone in my life, alone growing up as a child, alone even here, and it’s only really recently that I’ve had a bigger embrace from my friends and family.

“What is that line, it was Rilke or Einstein, believe it or not, but it was something about when you can walk with paradox, when you carry real pain and real joy simultaneously, it is maturity, it is growth.”

Despite the prevailing sense of isolation, Pitt admits he found community and friendship through his decision to quit drinking alcohol in 2016.

Recently divorced, the actor spent 18 months attending regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous while embracing the group’s core principles of abstinence from all mind-altering substances and being honest about the nature of addiction.

“I had a really cool group of men here who were really private and selective, so it was safe,” he explained. “Because I had seen other people’s things that were recorded as they emptied their guts, and that’s just excruciating to me.”

Pitt, a lifelong smoker, also made the decision to cut cigarettes from his life, opting instead to replace tobacco with nicotine-flavored gum.

“I don’t have the capacity to do just one or two a day,” he said of his former smoking habit. ‘It’s not in my makeup. I’m in. And I will sink into the ground. I lost my privileges.

Success: The actor has since won plaudits - and awards - for his role as ill-fated stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Success: The actor has since won plaudits – and awards – for his role as ill-fated stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The actor moved on after his divorce and has since dated Nicole Poturalski, 29, while earning plaudits – and awards – for his role as ill-fated stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood .

However, a sense of impending doom is still present, and Pitt admits that he is frequently tortured by the same recurring dream, in which he is brutally stabbed.

“For four or five solid years there, the most predominant dream I would have would be getting jumped and stabbed,” he explained in an email to GQ.

“And I woke up in a terror. I did not understand why he/they would want to hurt me. It stopped only a year or two ago when I started going straight back into the dream and just asking why?

The July/August issue of GQ is available for digital download and on newsstands June 28.

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