Hollywood actor, Brad Pitt, has said he became an alcohol addict to escape pains following his split from Angelina Jolie.
The ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ star has had a tough few years, following his romance with Angelina ending.
He told New York Times about his battle with alcohol, explaining he went to a few Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to try and turn his life around.
The 55-year-old announced his divorce from the ‘Maleficent’ actress – whom he shares six children with – back in 2016, after over 10 years together.
He explained that he was ‘running’ from himself for a while afterwards. “What I realised is that I was running to avoid tough feelings, painful feelings.”
“I just didn’t know how to deal with them. Anything I found that I used for escape. Those kinds of difficult feelings, I don’t know how better to describe it. It can be anything, drugs, booze, Netflix, snacks. Anything.”
But Brad insisted he no longer wants to be ‘running from anything’.
“I want to sit in it, I want to feel it, I want to get through the rough night. I found in doing so, you come out the other side with a more profound understanding, of yourself and a greater gratefulness of those in your life.”
“It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself… It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself. There’s great value in that.’
And he revealed that he used this experience, and channelled his ‘pain, grief and loss’ in recent film ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’.