The press’ untempered coverage of the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt separation has made headlines worldwide. At last, Brad Pitt has held his first post-split interview speaking for a cover story in GQ Style. The interview looks to shed light on the curious enigma that is Brad Pitt, as the 53-year-old father talks about quitting alcohol, divorce and becoming a better man. The photo shoot took Brad to three national parks where Ryan McGinley captured Pitt with his guard down in a humbling forest setting.
"People on their deathbeds don't talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets—that seems to be the menu.”
Brad quickly admits the last six months have been chaos, and the consequences have been “self-inflicted.” He's referencing a turbulent time that culminated in an anonymous phone call that was made following an altercation between Brad and one of his six children aboard a private plane heading for Los Angeles. The incident seemed to be the line in the sand, as Angelina filed for divorce five days later.
"What's the David Foster Wallace quote? Truth will set you free, but not until it's done with you first."
With all the commotion surrounding Brad it’s quite hard to understand how the Hollywood icon has maintained such a screen presence. In November the movie Allied was released, with Brad being described at the premiere as ‘gaunt.’ Soon after, Brad’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, won an Oscar for best picture with Moonlight. Momentum seems to be no issue for the big screen legend, with Netflix soon releasing War Machine, a satire where Brad stars as an United States Army General by the name of Stanley McChrystal.
The interview strips away erroneous assumptions of Brad’s personality following the stint of bad press over the last six months. One question had Brad encapsulate the moment he first encountered the angelic voice of R&B artist Frank Ocean, stating that he's;
“Painfully honest. He’s very, very special.”
Overall the interview publically marks the beginning of Brad’s journey of personal redemption, where he has seemingly owned his misdoings.
“For me, this period has been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street.”
He speaks with a profound desire to become a better man, the insightful interview embodies the struggles of marriage, ‘celebrity or not’ and encapsulates a very personal angle into Brad’s life. For the full cover story, head over to GQ Style.