Since Brad Pitt’s marriage to Angelina Jolie went up in flames last year, the actor’s been determined to become a ‘better’ man — starting with his kids. Reflecting on the past few years, Brad admitted he definitely can make improvements in the parenting department — even bravely revealing, ‘I gotta be more.’
Brad Pitt, 53, is finally talking about his divorce with Angelina Jolie, 41, and as it turns out, he has A LOT to say! Opening up in a new super honest interview with GQ Style, the father-of-six revealed that he desperately wants to be “better” for his children: Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Zahara, 12; Shiloh, 10; and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8. And he’s already taking major steps to ensure his future with them is brighter.
“Family first. People on their deathbeds don’t talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets — that seems to be the menu,” Brad told the mag. “I say that as someone who’s let the work take me away. Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I’m not hearing. I want to be better at that.”
We love that Brad truly seemed to open up in this interview and admit his past faults — that is, after all, the first step in healing. The star even reflected on his own childhood, revealing where his parenting techniques may have stemmed from. “I grew up with a Father-knows-best/war mentality — the father is all-powerful, super strong — instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles,” the actor explained.
“And it’s hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven’t been great at it.” But while Brad’s admitted that he’s had some struggles with fatherhood, it’s beyond obvious just how much he loves his and Angie’s youngsters. And for the sake of them, he’s vowed NOT to put them through an ugly custody battle.
“I see it everywhere — such animosity and bitterly dedicating years to destroying each other,” Brad said. “You’ll be in court and it’ll be all about affairs and it’ll be everything that doesn’t matter. It’s just awful, it looks awful. I see it happen to friends — I see where the one spouse literally can’t tell their own part in it, and is still competing with the other in some way and wants to destroy them and needs vindication by destruction, and just wasting years on that hatred. I don’t want to live that way.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you commend Brad for being so honest? Do you think he and Angie can ever make it work again?