EXCLUSIVE: How Brad Pitt got sober and what Angelina Jolie is doing to help his relationship with their kids



Brad Pitt revealed he stopped drinking alcohol in his recent tell-all with GQ Style, and sources tell ET the 53-year-old actor sought counseling to get sober, as opposed to entering rehab.

"He made decisions for himself," a source tells ET.

A separate source says Pitt sought counseling for his drinking by attending meetings at a discrete location in Los Angeles.

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"Pitt has worked very hard to get his kids back and the whole family is in a much better place," the source says.

It appears Pitt and 41-year-old Jolie are actively making it work for their six children -- 15-year-old Maddox, 13-year-old Pax, 12-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. ET has learned that Jolie dropped $25 million and is currently in escrow on a mansion located less than two miles from Pitt's Los Feliz, California, home. A source tells us Jolie wants their kids to be closer to Pitt so that they can see both parents easily.

"Angelina has said in the past she wants the kids to have a relationship with Brad," the source notes. "It just makes sense for them to be closer in location to him."

Pitt told GQ Style that he's been sober for six months -- around the time his split from 41-year-old Angelina Jolie was announced.

"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 candidly told the magazine about his past. "Truthfully, I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good."

Pitt said he was using substances to avoid his feelings.

"You realize that a lot of it is, um- cigarettes, you know, pacifiers," he shared. "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 actor later opened up about going to therapy.

"I love it, I love it," he enthused. "I went through two therapists to get to the right one."

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Pitt was spotted earlier this month leaving his art studio in Los Angeles, appearing to be in good spirits after the release of his revealing tell-all interview.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Brad Pitt, wearing Gucci, attends the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Mark Bradford and George Lucas presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: Brad Pitt attends Netflix hosts the New York Premiere of 'Okja' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 23: Brad Pitt attends the premiere for 'War Machine' at Roppongi Hills on May 23, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 22: Brad Pitt attends the press conference for 'War Machine' at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo on May 22, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Actor Brad Pitt leaves the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Chief Content Officer for Netflix Ted Sarandos (L) and actor Brad Pitt attend a special screening of the Netflix original film 'War Machine' at The Metrograph on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix)
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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: Brad Pitt is seen at LAX on July 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Actor Brad Pitt is seen coming out of a hotel in Soho on July 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Brad Pitt is seen at LAX on June 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Brad Pitt seen in Manhattan on July 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Actor Brad Pitt attends the start of the 84th Le Mans 24-hours endurance race on June 18, 2016 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 09: Brad Pitt is seen at LAX on June 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Brad Pitt seen out in Tribeca on November 26, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Brad Pitt attends 'The Big Short' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Brad Pitt attends the 'Allied' premiere in Madrid on Nov 22, 2016 (Photo by Gabriel Maseda/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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