Brad Pitt opened up about splitting from Angelina Jolie, his family situation and moving forward by quitting drinking and starting therapy in a lengthy feature interview with GQ Style.
"For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street," Pitt said in the wide-ranging discussion.
"Any of my foibles are born from my own hubris. Always, always. Anytime. I famously step in shit — at least for me it seems pretty epic. I often wind up with a smelly foot in my mouth. I often say the wrong thing, often in the wrong place and time," he noted to writer Michael Paterniti, adding: "I'm trying to get better. I'm really trying to get better."
Last September, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt days after an alleged dispute involving him and one of their six children on a private plane.
Following investigations by authorities, Pitt was cleared, but the couple was embroiled in a public custody battle for several weeks.
"After that, we've been able to work together to sort this out. We're both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, 'No one wins in court — it's just a matter of who gets hurt worse.' And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you're right and why they're wrong, and it's just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees," Pitt said.
"Our focus is that everyone comes out stronger and better people — there is no other outcome."
In the interview, Pitt admitted he'd been too focused on work and "boozing too much" last fall. He said he's since cut out drinking completely — "Don't want to live that way anymore" — and is now in therapy.
He's spent time taking a hard, honest look at himself, tried to widen his perspective and also taken some solace in art.
"I'm working with clay, plaster, rebar, wood. Just trying to learn the materials. You know, I surprise myself. But it's a very, very lonely occupation. There's a lot of manual labour, which is good for me right now. A lot of lugging clay around, chopping and moving and cleaning up after yourself. But I surprise myself," he said.
The article is accompanied by an extensive photo spread featuring the star of Netflix's upcoming drama War Machine in a trio of U.S. national parks: the Everglades, White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns.