For the first time after his wife Angelina Jolie, 41, filed for divorce last year, Brad Pitt, 53, has spoken wise words about their split in an interview with GQ magazine.
The actor, who says he has remained sober for the past six months after abandoning the use of alcohol, marijuana and even cigarettes, tells us how court battles for divorce and child custody are always futile and do no good to anyone.
“No one wins in court – it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse,’’ he says.
According to Pitt, court proceedings are just an “investment in vitriolic hatred.”
He adds, “You spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong… I just refuse. And fortunately my partner (Jolie) in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.’’
Jolie shocked the showbiz world last September when she filed for divorce after Pitt’s reported altercation with their 15-year-old adopted son Maddox (from Cambodia) and sought sole custody of their six children.
She said she was filing for divorce “for the health of the family.’’
Pitt was investigated by the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department and LA County Department of Children and Family Services and cleared of child abuse.
The actor’s reported altercation with his son took place on their private plane.
The two fell in love on the sets of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005.