Why Brad Pitt Quit Smoking and Drinking Completely During the Pandemic

It’s Brad Pitt’s world and we all live in it!

The superstar actor and producer, 58, recently opened up about life, art and everything in between in a new interview with QGduring which he opened up about how he’s “virtually been hiding” in his Los Angeles home for much of the pandemic – and how he’s used that time to quit smoking and drinking completely.

While chewing a nicotine mint, Pitt explained that he quit smoking during the pandemic after realizing he didn’t have the courage to just “cut back”.

“I don’t have the capacity to do just one or two a day,” he explained. “It’s not in my makeup. I’m in. And I will sink into the ground. I lost my privileges.

The actor went on to explain that after his ex, Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce in 2016, he got sober and spent a year and a half dating Alcoholics Anonymous — although, given his status as a star, he had to make adjustments for the sake of preserving his privacy.

“I had a really cool group of men here who were really private and selective, so it was safe,” he said. “Because I had seen things from other people that were recorded as they were emptying their guts, and that’s just excruciating to me.”

Pitt shares six children with Jolie: Maddox, 20; Pax, 18; Zahara, 17; Shiloh, 16 years old; and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13. Jolie had adopted Maddox and Zahara before her relationship with Pitt (he also adopted them later).

Yet, while he cherishes old memories of smoking a cigarette “in the morning, with the coffee – just delicious”, he also knows his body can’t handle it the way others do, like, for example, the British painter David Hockney. “He’s always rockin’, the English hard-core way. Sounds great,” Pitt says of Hockney. “I don’t think I have that. I’m just at that age where nothing good comes of it.”

The actor also spoke candidly about his struggle to remember new people and recognize their faces, which has been an obstacle his entire adult life, especially at parties.

Pitt thinks he may be suffering from prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize people’s faces (otherwise known as face blindness). Although he wants to remember the people he meets – and he’s “ashamed” of not being able to – above all else, he fears the condition has caused people to assume he’s aloof or aloof or egocentric.

“No one believes me!” he said.

As for finding solace, the actor says he always finds it in art and music. “I’m one of those creatures that speaks through art. I just always want Manufacture. If I don’t succeed, I die somehow.”

“Music fills me with so much joy,” he continued. “I think joy was a more recent discovery, later in life. I was always moving with the currents, drifting from side to side. I think I spent years with mild depression , and it was only by accepting that, by trying to embrace all sides of me – the beauty and the ugliness – that I was able to capture those moments of joy.

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