Brad Pitt and other celebrities who've battled addiction

The actor opens up about his journey to get sober, says he "spent years with a low-grade depression"

Stars Insider

23/06/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Struggles

Fame and fortune have always held unique caveats for Hollywood stars, whether it be the pressures of audiences, the invasion of privacy, or the stress of never being able to live a "normal" life again. Many resort to substance abuse to take the edge off, but get lost and struggle to find their way back. 

Brad Pitt decided to get sober after his divorce from Angelina Jolie in 2016, and that meant spending a year and a half in Alcoholics Anonymous, he told GQ for its August cover story. "I had a really cool men's group here that was really private and selective, so it was safe," the actor shared. "Because I'd seen things of other people, like Philip Seymour Hoffman, who had been recorded while they were spilling their guts, and that's just atrocious to me."

He added that he also quit cigarettes completely, after realizing that he's not the kind of person who can just cut back. "I don't have that ability to do just one or two a day," he told GQ. "It's not in my makeup. I'm all in. And I'm going to drive into the ground. I've lost my privileges."

But beyond the physical part, Pitt also had a lot of healing to do mentally and emotionally, sharing that he "spent years with a low-grade depression." He said, "I always felt very alone in my life," explaining that it wasn't until recently that he's been embracing his friends and family more fully. "What's that line, it was either Rilke or Einstein, believe it or not, but it was something about when you can walk with the paradox, when you carry real pain and real joy simultaneously, this is maturity, this is growth."

There have been many other stars who turned to drugs or alcohol at some point in their lives to help cope, and the road to recovery often isn't linear. Click through this gallery to learn more about some of these famous faces and their battles.

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