Brad Pitt Puts 'Family First' as He Quits Drinking & Seeks Therapy

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This Hollywood A-lister stepped out of the spotlight briefly as his painful and public divorce played out. But now Brad Pitt is back and speaking candidly about his struggles with alcohol in an interview with GQ. As dark as some days may have been for the Allied star, it sounds like this rough patch has been the catalyst for some serious introspection and change that will no doubt be beneficial for his family moving forward.

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Last September, the Fight Club actor's wife, Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce. At the time, the actress and humanitarian sought sole physical custody of the couple's six kids: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.  

The shocking split seemed to stem from an incident in which Pitt and Maddox had a disagreement aboard a private plane. While the matter was being investigated by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI, the Oscar winner was only allowed weekly supervised visits with his kids. Ultimately, no charges of abuse were filed and the former spouses agreed to resolved to "act in a united front" in the future. 

While the past seven months have undoubtedly been painful for the actor, he admits to GQ that many of his issues have been "self-inflicted."

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"I was boozing too much," he told the mag. "It's just become a problem. And I'm really happy it's been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I've got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that's part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve."

Pitt also revealed that he's in therapy. Good for him. What he's doing certainly isn't easy -- especially when he's probably devastated by the breakup of his marriage, and falling back on the bottle could be the crutch so many others might turn to.

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"I grew up with a Father-knows-best/war mentality -- the father is all-powerful, super strong -- instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles. And it's hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven't been great at it," he said.

But the dad of six added that he's done with drinking, adding that he doesn't "want to live that way anymore."

Instead, Brad looks healthy, lean, and strong in each of the three GQ covers, which were shot in three different national parks.

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It sounds like the actor is focusing on what really matters -- his kids and his health. 

"Family first," he told the magazine. "People on their deathbeds don't talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets -- that seems to be the menu. I say that as someone who's let the work take me away. Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I'm not hearing. I want to be better at that."

Looks like he's making a great start at it! And for those who've long admired the actor and his work, his honesty and willingness to admit he needs help only make him that much more likeable. 

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