The 55-year-old has spoken about his struggles with alcoholism and not being defined by his mistakes
Brad Pitt has spoken about the importance of coming to terms with your mistakes in order to find forgiveness three years after his split from ex wife Angelina Jolie.
In 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ and has since legally dissolved his surname from her own. In September, the Ocean’s Eleven actor spoke about how he is now ‘committed’ to being sober and spent a year and a half in Alcoholics Anonymous following the couple’s break-up.
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During a recent discussion with actor Anthony Hopkins for Interview magazine, the 55-year-old reflected on what he has learnt from his mistakes over the years.
‘I’m realising, 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 told Hopkins.
‘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.’
When the Welsh actor brought up Pitt’s struggles with alcohol, the Mr & Mrs Smith star said that he saw his dependence as a ‘disservice’ to himself and an ‘escape’. The father-of-six also said that he thought that alcohol was to ‘some degree’ was necessary.
81-year-old Hopkins went onto share his own issues with alcoholism, adding that he’s not an ‘evangelist about it’ and has since moved on from that chapter in his life.
‘So you’re embracing all your mistakes. You’re saying, “Let’s be our foibles, our embarrassment. There’s beauty in that”,’ Pitt added.
The Troy star continued, saying that he thinks we’re living in a time when people are ‘judgemental and quick to treat people as disposable.
‘We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake,’ he said. ‘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 the 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.’
Pitt concluded the interview to say that he is only ‘human.
‘We’re human, we want purpose, we want meaning in our lives. But to attain that, the key is two things: staying creative and being with the people you love.’
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