Brad Pitt gets candid about 'boozing too much,' 'stoner days' and the 'bittersweet' feeling of getting sober


Brad Pitt is opening up about his history with substance abuse.

"I can't remember a day since I got out of college where I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something," the actor says in a candid new interview with GQ, revealing that he's been sober for the last six months.

"You realize that a lot of it is, um- cigarettes, you know, pacifiers," he adds. "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. And I'm really happy it's been half a year now, which is bittersweet."

The 53-year-old actor says that "truthfully, I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good." But he's since replaced alcohol with "cranberry juice and fizzy water."

"I've got the cleanest urinary tract in all of L.A., I guarantee you," he cracks.

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"The terrible thing is, I tend to run things into the ground. That's why I've got to make something so calamitous. I've got to run it off a cliff," he continues. "I do it with everything, yeah. I exhaust it, and then I walk away. I've always looked at things in seasons, compartmentalized them, I guess, seasons or semesters or tenures."

Looking to his past, Pitt references a period of time that he calls "my stoner days."

"I wanted to smoke a joint with Jack and Snoop and Willie. You know, when you're a stoner, you get these really stupid ideas," he says. "Well, I don't want to indict the others, but I haven't made it to Willie yet."

Though Pitt says he ultimately realized that he didn't want to live that way anymore, he also isn't struggling with regrets.

"In the end, you find: I am those things I don't like. That is a part of me. I can't deny that. I have to accept that. And in fact, I have to embrace that. I need to face that and take care of that. Because by denying it, I deny myself," he explains.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 05: Brad Pitt arrives at the Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'The Lost City Of Z' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, presenter Brad Pitt onstage during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Brad Pitt attends the 'Allied' premiere in Madrid on Nov 22, 2016 (Photo by Gabriel Maseda/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 14: Brad Pitt attends the red carpet for the Paramount Pictures title 'Allied' on November 14, 2016 at Shanghai Postal Museum in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures )
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Brad Pitt arrives at the Fan Event For Paramount Pictures' 'Allied' at Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 31: Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt seen filming scenes for 'Five Seconds Of Silence in Hampstead on March 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Alex B. Huckle/GC Images)
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"I am those mistakes. For me, every misstep has been a step toward epiphany, understanding, some kind of joy. Yeah, the avoidance of pain is a real mistake. It's the real missing out on life. It's those very things that shape us, those very things that offer growth, that make the world a better place, oddly enough, ironically, that make us better."

The interview marks the first time that Pitt has spoken publicly about his divorce from Angelina Jolie. In January, the former couple issued a joint statement announcing that they've both signed agreements to keep all their court documents private, and said that they were "committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."

Last month, sources told ET that both Pitt and 41-year-old Jolie remained primarily focused on their children -- not on dating.

"Everything is going well; the family is getting along and keeping things private," the source says. "That is his sole focus right now."

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