Brad Pitt: ‘I Haven’t Known Life To Be Happier’

Brad Pitt opens up on Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, family life and his past drug use

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may have been through some tough times lately, but the actor has revealed he’s never been happier.

Opening up to Esquire magazine in his first print interview since partner Angelina Jolie sensationally revealed she’d underwent a preventative double mastectomy, Brad gushes about his chaotic family life and says he wouldn’t change it for the world.

‘I have very few friends. I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven’t known life to be any happier,’ the 49-year-old tells the magazine. ‘I’m making things. I just haven’t known life to be any happier.’

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Brad graves the cover of the magazine looking cool in a simple black top and jeans, a pair of aviator sunglasses, casually gripping a camera with his trademark locks framing his chiseled face.

As well as gushing about his love for Ange, Brad also opens up on raising their children Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, in a bustling household.

‘I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big,’ he revealed. ‘I wanted there to be chaos in the house… there’s constant chatter in our house, whether it’s giggling or screaming or crying or banging.

‘I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it’s nice to be in a hotel room for a day – “Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.” But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.’

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The devoted dad may be settled now but he also admitted he used to be concerned at his inability to stick to anything.

‘I’d get so far and then want to do something else,’ the Moneyball actor says. ‘I mean, I’m two credits short of graduating college. Two credits. All I had to do was write a paper.

‘What kind of guy is that? That guy scares me – the guy who always leaves a little on his plate.’

The Hollywood superstar also confessed his recreational drug use did some ‘damage’.

‘For a long time I thought I did too much damage – drug damage,’ he said. ‘I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f***ing off.

‘But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany – a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what’s the point?’

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