BRAD as you’ve never seen him before
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Smiling in a bright red frock and pearls, here is Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt as you’ve never seen him before. Dressed as a woman, sporting a mullet haircut and wearing matching red gloves and dangling gold earrings, the A-lister hugs his beloved mum, Jane, ahead of a drag performance in a newly unearthed photograph from his college days.
In his teens and early 20s – before the blockbuster films, the high-profile marriages and the millionaire lifestyle – Brad was a cute, popular frat boy (meaning he joined a university society), who loved making his friends laugh.
Here, in never-before-seen pictures, a young Brad is seen partying with his college pals, posing with his frat brothers and sporting questionable 80s fashion.
‘He often dressed up for musicals, and didn’t mind making fun of himself,’ Brad’s college pal, Mark Fauser, exclusively tells us. ‘He even got a job modelling clothes at the university book store. I’d go through campus and see him posing in the window like a mannequin.’
While studying journalism at the University of Missouri, the state where he grew up, Brad was a fun member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, loved to party and – no surprises here – was a huge hit with the ladies.
Brad’s frat brother Bill Decker, who lived with the star in the Sigma Chi house, recalls, ‘The girls gravitated towards him. There were plenty of parties, many of which he had organised himself.
‘We had a house with 100 guys in, and two payphones on different floors. Brad would go through the phone list, pick out the sororities, and tell the girls to come over. Every Friday night, you just knew there would be a party at Sigma Chi house, probably Saturday, too!’
Brad recently opened up about his love of partying, saying, ‘I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something.’
And Bill recalls the wild parties Brad loved in college. ‘We’d have five to 10 kegs of beer a night at a party, two or three times a week,’ he says. ‘The drinking age in Missouri is 21. We started at 18 – and there were drugs. I didn’t participate, but it was mostly marijuana.’
Brad discovered his love for acting while studying in Missouri, and decided to drop out with only two credits left to graduate, instead choosing to move to California in 1986 with just £233 to his name.
Odd jobs – chauffeuring a limo for strippers, and dressing up in a chicken costume to attract customers outside of El Pollo Loco restaurant on Sunset Boulevard – followed.
Then he landed his breakthrough role in Thelma & Louise in 1991, when he was 28 – and the rest is history.
He’s since gone on to become one of the world’s most famous actors, who wed beauties Jennifer Aniston, 49, and later Angelina Jolie, 42, before both marriages sadly ended in divorce. He is now dating super-smart, award-winning architecture professor Neri Oxman, 42, and – before his marriages – dated a string of high-profile women, including Gwyneth Paltrow.
Yet, during his college days, Brad was faithful to one girl… his high school sweetheart, Josie Rosen.
Bill recalls, ‘He had a serious girlfriend, Josie, who he was with in high school, and they were together for about two years in university before they suddenly broke up. He didn’t really talk about it.’
Josie followed Brad to Los Angeles to work in the movie industry, and is now an executive producer. Being with her was Brad’s first serious relationship and they were ‘very loved up’, although she declined to comment when approached, simply laughing and stating, ‘I can’t talk about it!’
Brad became a tabloid favourite after wedding actress Jennifer Aniston, who he famously ditched after meeting Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith.
‘I think he messed up when he left Jennifer, quite frankly,’ says Bill. ‘I don’t know what he was thinking! He goofed up leaving her for Angelina. She’s a beautiful woman, but I think she’s a bit over the top.’
Now Brad, who is a dad of six, has moved on from his painful divorce from Angelina with Neri – and his old college friend Bill thinks he’s done the right thing. ‘I know he’s been focusing on actresses for a long while, but maybe he can find happiness a little more out of the limelight,’ he says.
‘Brad has stayed grounded – you can take the boy out of Missouri, but you can’t take Missouri out of the boy.’