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Brad Pitt Reveals He Joined Alcoholics Anonymous After Split From Angelina Jolie — 'I Removed My Drinking Privileges'

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Sep. 4 2019, Updated 5:44 p.m. ET

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Brad Pitt revealed that while he was in the process of getting a divorce from Angelina Jolie, he was also sobering up. In a recent interview, Brad, 55, shared how this highly publicized struggle affected him, along with how freeing it was to finally seek and receive help.

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The Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood actor opened up to The New York Times on September 4 about his career, his relationship and divorce from Angelina, 44, and what it was like sobering up.

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Reportedly, the “final straw” in Brad’s 11-year relationship with Angelina was in September 2016, when the former couple argued about his excessive drinking while aboard a private plane. Not long after, the Academy Award-winning actress filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

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“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges,” The Fight Club star revealed. After Angelina filed for divorce, Brad joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and spent a year and a half there as he sobered up.

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Brad’s recovery group was made up of men, and he was impressed by their vulnerability.

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“You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” Brad shared. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”

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The Ad Astra actor was also happy that as he trusted his fellow AA members, no one leaked his struggles and his story to any news outlets.

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"It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself,” Brad recalled, as he found their trust cathartic. “There’s great value in that.”

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