In a recent interview for “QA“American filmmaker Brad Pitt revealed that he suffered for a few years with his mental health, as well as addictions such as smoking, which, according to him, he recently stopped.
“I’ve always felt very alone in my life. Alone growing up as a kid, alone even here in Los Angeles, and really recently I’ve had a bigger hug from my friends and family. What’s that line, was it Rilke or Einstein, believe it or no, but it was something about when you can walk with the paradox, when you carry real pain and real joy simultaneously, that’s maturity, that’s growth,” the actor explained.
Pitt even described some things that bring him joy and how those feelings didn’t exist until recently in his life. “Music fills me with so much joy. I think joy was a more recent discovery, later in life. I was always moving with the currents, wandering one way and going to the next,” said the artist.
“I think I spent years with low-grade depression, and until I came to terms with that, I tried to embrace all sides of myself — the beautiful and the ugly — to capture these moments of joy.”
At the beginning of the conversation, the star of “Ad Astra: Towards the Stars‘ (2019) also explained that it took him some time to figure out who he really is: “Here in California, there’s a lot of talk about ‘being your authentic self. It would torment me, what does ‘authentic’ mean? For me, it was getting to the point of recognizing these deep scars that we carry.”
The artist also reveals that he has recently given up his addiction to tobacco. “I don’t have that ability to make one or two smokes a day. So I lost my privileges.”