Brad Pitt on starting therapy, substance abuse, and not really wanting to divorce Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt has been noticeably quiet since the news of his divorce from Angelina Jolie was announced.

But now the actor, director and father of six children has finally broken his silence, and really opened up to GQ Style. We have to admit that even we weren’t expecting things to get so deep.

Here are some of our highlights from his no holds barred interview…

On starting therapy:

“You know, I just started therapy. I love it. I love it. I went through two therapists to get the right one.”

On not really wanting to divorce Angelina Jolie:

“The first urge is to cling on. And then you’ve got a cliché: ‘If you love someone, set them free.’ Now I know what it means, by feeling it. It means to love without ownership. It means expecting nothing in return. But it sounds good written. It sounds good when Sting sings it. It doesn’t mean f–k-all to me until you live it.

“That’s why I never understood growing up with Christianity—don’t do this, don’t do that—it’s all about don’ts, and I was like, ‘How the f–k do you know who you are and what works for you if you don’t find out where the edge is, where’s your line?’ You’ve got to step over it to know where it is.”

On his relationship with illegal substances:

“I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something. And you realize that a lot of it is, um—cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I’m running from feelings. I’m really, really happy to be done with all of that.

“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. 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. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”

On putting family first:

“People on their deathbeds don’t talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets—that seems to be the menu. I say that as someone who’s let the work take me away.

“Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I’m not hearing. I want to be better at that.”

You can read more of Brad Pitt’s in-depth, tell-all interview in GQ Style, or online.