It’s been eight months since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, and it hasn’t been easy for the couple formerly known as Brangelina or their six kids. There’s been a lot of speculation as to what went wrong with the seemingly golden couple, what with reports from “sources,” court filings and vague, general answers about how their lives are improving, but there hasn’t been anything super-substantial. Until now.
Brad is finally talking. And by “talking,” we mean giving GQ Style the lowdown on just about everything, from the divorce and the visit from Child Services, to giving up drugs and alcohol and getting therapy. He’s still somber as he reflects on what happened and what’s to come, and while we want him to be in a better place, the magazine’s covers say otherwise. Because those eyes betray a vulnerability and sadness like never before.
“I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called,” Pitt told GQ Style. “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. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”
We all remember the events of September, when accusations of abuse flew fast and furious. Maddox and Brad on the plane, hurtful words–and possibly more–allegedly thrown. And five days later? A divorce filing. Angelina was out.
With what appears to be no chance of a reconciliation, Pitt is doing what he has to do to move on. He started therapy and “love(s) it,” and is taking responsibility for the situation of the past months, calling it a “weird” time, and admits that the whole thing was “self-inflicted,” adding, “For me, this period has been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street.”
Thankfully, things have improved between Brad and Angie and their agreement to handle their divorce with “great care and delicacy” for the sake of their children.
“There’s a lot to tell them because there’s understanding the future, there’s understanding the immediate moment and why we’re at this point, and then it brings up a lot of issues from the past that we haven’t talked about,” he said. “So, our focus is that everyone comes out stronger and better people—there is no other outcome.”
The photos accompanying the cover story are stunning, but it’s the can’t-miss interview that needs to be read in its entirety, which run the gamut from his early life to where he sees himself going. It’s heartbreaking and sad and hopeful, as Brad struggles to work his way out of it. But we have no doubt that he’ll get there. There’ll be a lot of bumps along the way, but he’ll eventually get to a place where this new normal will be OK.