Brad Pitt opened up about his severe alcoholism and how he came out of it. After his break-up with Angelina Jolie in 2016, the star spent 18 months in rehab to overcome his addiction. He said that he could freely expose the ugly side of himself.

Brad Pitt, in an interview to The New York Times talked about his early life, Hollywood journey and his struggles with alcoholism. He shared his discomfort with fame and his struggle with alcoholism.

"I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges," said the 55-year-old actor, who was with Alcoholics Anonymous for almost a year. It is one of the oldest support group's in the world to help overcome addiction. "You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard," Pitt said.

The actor recalled that it was a "safe space" where people would be very less judgmental, and therefore one could be honest. According to him the group of men was trustworthy and no one had any interest in the others personal lives that they shared with each other.

"It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself," Pitt said adding he found great value in it.

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Brad Pitt attends the premiere of Amazon Studios' The Lost City Of Z' Getty

In an interview with GQ Style back in 2017, the actor spoke about his struggles with sobriety, Entertainment Tonight revealed. "Truthfully, I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good," he said in the interview.

Pitt added he felt good when he tried leaving, but he couldn't completely give up his drinking habit. He revealed that it was a major issue of his split with his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie.

He admitted to being boozing a lot in the last one year, right after his divorce with Jolie. He later sought rehab in Alcoholics Anonymous. Post his break-up, he bagged James Gray'S "Ad Astra". The filmmaker said that Pitt has infused his personal struggle into his character.

Pitt in his interview admitted that his stardom in the 1990s became one of the reasons for his discomfort. He was severely scrutinised. But, now the actor believes that he has grown up and can handle fame.