Entertainment Movies Brad Pitt Explains Why He Got Sober: 'I Had Taken Things as Far as I Could Take It' "I removed my drinking privilege," Brad Pitt explained to the New York Times By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 4, 2019 01:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Brad Pitt is opening up about his sobriety, and what he’s learned from a year and a half in an all-male Alcoholics Anonymous group. In an interview with The New York Times published Wednesday, the 55-year-old Ad Astra actor looked back on his decision to give up drinking, which came after his split from Angelina Jolie, 44. “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privilege,” Pitt said. He shared with the outlet that he was moved by his fellow male group members in Alcoholics Anonymous. “You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” Pitt said. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.” “It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself,” Pitt continued. “There’s great value in that.” Brad Pitt Reveals He’s Quit Drinking: ‘Don’t Want to Live That Way Anymore’ Splash News Online Brad Pitt Debuts New Tattoo of Man and His Shadow Near His Matching Ink with Angelina Jolie — See the Photo! Pitt has spent a lot of timing looking inward recently, especially as he prepped for his role in Ad Astra — a film about an astronaut in search of his father (Tommy Lee Jones). He channeled a lot from his own father for the performance, Pitt told The Times, adding that he’s reached a point where he sees his dad in every role he plays now. “I grew up with that be-capable, be-strong, don’t-show-weakness thing,” Pitt said of his dad, who owned a trucking company. “In some ways, I’m copying him. He had grown up in extreme hardship and poverty, always dead set on giving me a better life than he had — and he did it. But he came from that stoic ilk.” Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images Elsewhere in the profile, Pitt spoke out about how the media’s attention early on in his career forced him to retreat. “In the ’90s, all that attention really threw me,” Pitt said. “It was really uncomfortable for me, the cacophony of expectations and judgments. I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion.” Though he appeared to be living the perfect life, with an engagement to Gwyneth Paltrow and marriage to Jennifer Aniston, he told The Times it wasn’t “the lottery it appeared from the outside.” Ad Astra hits theaters Sept. 20.