Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s marriage was heavily scrutinized in 2016 after she filed for divorce after two years of marriage. Angelina, who has six children with Brad, filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” They went on to have a highly publicized and extremely contentious divorce as they fought over their shared assets and custody.
An alleged argument aboard the family’s private jet between Brad and his eldest son Maddox, who was 15 at the time, was at the center of the custody battle. Maddox is said to have testified against Brad in court amid his parents’ feud. Following the allegations, Brad was investigated by the FBI.
The actor allegedly informed authorities that, while he had yelled at his son, he had not attempted to hurt him physically, Angelina, or any of their children. He was eventually acquitted of the accusations. Angelina told the Guardian in October 2021 that she was “broken” amid the “horrific” ongoing custody fight and that she feared for the safety of her “whole family” throughout her marriage.
“I’m not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly. It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children.”
Brad revealed to British GQ in 2017 that his drinking was a part in the breakdown of his relationship. He also discussed the Child Services investigation that was filed against him.
“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 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.”
“I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called. And you know, after that, we’ve been able to work together to sort this out. We’re both doing our best.”
In a recent interview with GQ, the actor discussed his continuous commitment to sobriety, saying that he spent 18 months as a member of a “really private and selective” Alcoholics Anonymous group that made him feel “safe.” Brad also stated that privacy was very important to him. He knows of other folks who have had their most vulnerable moments secretly recorded by members of their AA groups.
“I had a really cool men’s group here that was really private and selective, so it was safe. Because I’d seen things of other people who had been recorded while they were spilling their guts, and that’s just atrocious to me.”
Brad also stated in the interview that he feels he spent years undetected with “low-grade depression,” but that he has now discovered “joy.”
“I think joy’s been a newer discovery, later in life. I was always moving with the currents, drifting in a way, and onto the next. I think I spent years with a low-grade depression, and it’s not until coming to terms with that, trying to embrace all sides of self—the beauty and the ugly—that I’ve been able to catch those moments of joy.”
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