The World War Z star talks about his life in the June/July 2013 issue of Esquire, admitting that he damaged himself with drugs and lived a drifter life until about a decade ago, when he found true happiness with Jolie.
Yes, this interview may remind you of the time Jennifer Aniston — sick of Brad’s post-divorce comments — said her ex husband was missing a sensitivity chip!
“For a long time I thought I did too much damage – drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter,” he admitted to the men’s magazine. “A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years [expletive] off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity.”
We’re guessing some people will think Brad is referring to those wasted years as part of the time he was with Jen.
Pitt, who announced he was divorcing Aniston in January 2005, managed to turn things around.
“It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany – a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what’s the point?”
Though his friends and family circle is small, he claims his life is better than ever.
“I have very few friends. I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven’t known life to be any happier. I’m making things. I just haven’t known life to be any happier.”
Pitt, who met Jolie on the 2004 set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and started a family with her shortly after they were first snapped together on vacation in Kenya in April 2005, gushes over his brood.
“I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. I wanted there to be chaos in the house… there’s constant chatter in our house, whether it’s giggling or screaming or crying or banging,” he exclaimed.
“I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it’s nice to be in a hotel room for a day – ‘Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.’ But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.”
To read more on Brad Pitt, pick up the June/July 2013 issue of Esquire.