‘Very jar­ring for kids to see fam­ily ripped apart’

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Open­ing up for the first time about his di­vorce from long-time part­ner An­gelina Jolie (right) and the ef­fect of that on their six children, both bi­o­log­i­cal and adopted, ac­tor Brad Pitt (inset) has said that it was “jar­ring” for the children.

Jolie, 41, filed for di­vorce last year af­ter a re­ported al­ter­ca­tion in­volv­ing the cou­ple’s 15-year-old son, Mad­dox. The row led to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FBI and the Los An­ge­les County De­part­ment of Children and Fam­ily Ser­vices. Pitt was ul­ti­mately given a clean chit.

In a re­cent in­ter­view with GQ mag­a­zine, the 53-year-old ac­tor said that he and Jolie were now fo­cussing on co-par­ent­ing. “I was re­ally on my back and chained to a sys­tem when Child Ser­vices was called... Af­ter that, we’ve been able to work to­gether to sort this out,” he said. “I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court — it’s just a mat­ter of who gets hurt worse.’ It seems to be true.”

Court pro­ceed­ings were just an “in­vest­ment in vit­ri­olic ha­tred”, he added. “You spend a year just fo­cussed on build­ing a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong... I just refuse. And for­tu­nately my part­ner (Jolie) in this agrees. It’s just very, very jar­ring for the kids, to sud­denly have their fam­ily ripped apart,” Pitt said.

The ac­tor re­vealed that af­ter the sep­a­ra­tion, he had stopped sub­stance use — al­co­hol, mar­i­juana and cig­a­rettes — and had been “sober” for six months. “...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.”



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