Brad Pitt's latest interview indicates he's still recovering from the scandal surrounding his impending divorce from Angelina Jolie and the custody battle for their kids.
Brad Pitt has revealed he's stopped drinking and is seeing a therapist in an attempt to straighten out problems in his family life, which he describes as "self-inflicted".
Speaking to GQ, the 53-year-old actor seems to be slowly rebuilding his life after his wife, Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce in September last year, and allegations of child abuse made him the subject of an FBI investigation.
Now, nearly seven months later, Brad has been cleared of any accusations of violence towards his eldest son but the couple is still working on a custody agreement regarding their six children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins, Knox and Vivienne, 8.
"I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called," Brad said, agreeing that it was difficult to not see his children during the investigation.
"[However], after that, we've been able to work together to sort this out. We're both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, 'No one wins in court - it's just a matter of who gets hurt worse.' And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you're right and why they're wrong, and it's just an investment in vitriolic hatred.
"I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It's just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart."
When asked how he explains the process to the kids, Brad admitted there was "a lot to tell them".
"Well, there's a lot to tell them because there's understanding the future, there's understanding the immediate moment and why we're at this point, and then it brings up a lot of issues from the past that we haven't talked about," he revealed. "So our focus is that everyone comes out stronger and better people -there is no other outcome."
Brad also touched on his drinking problem, saying, "truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good."
"I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something. And you realise that a lot of it is, um — cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I'm running from feelings. I'm really, really happy to be done with all of that," he said.
He claims to have quit drinking, except for enjoying the occasional wine from his vineyard, and has replaced alcohol with "cranberry juice and fizzy water".
He's currently in therapy and spending time at his home in the Hollywood Hills with his bulldog, Jacques.