Brad Pitt says Bradley Cooper helped him get sober after marriage with Angelina Jolie ended due to addiction
He left his fans and followers teary-eyed after his recent speech while accepting the National Board Of Review Award
Brad Pitt was full of praise for Bradley Cooper who played a vital role in helping Pitt recover from his alcohol addiction while accepting a National Board Of Review Award.
The charming 56-year-old has been very vocal about his journey with alcohol addiction. He left his fans and followers teary-eyed after his recent acceptance speech where he credited his friend Cooper with helping him get sober.
During a quirky but meaningful speech, Pitt shared, "Bradley just put his daughter to bed and rushed over here to do this. He's a sweetheart. I got sober because of this guy and every day has been happier ever since. I love you and I thank you." The crowd burst into applause after Pitt's cathartic exchange.
In an earlier interview with The New York Times, he had opened up on the breakdown of his marriage to his former wife Angelina Jolie and how that resulted in him landing up with Alcoholics Anonymous, a support group. Jolie and Pitt had filed for a divorce in 2017. Pitt's earlier marriage to former 'Friends' star Jennifer Aniston had also ended in 2005.
Pitt revealed that the group sessions really helped him and were like a breath of fresh air. He also found the honesty and attitude to be the change that he did not know he needed. "I had taken things as far as I could take it. So I removed my drinking privileges," Pitt shared. "You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard."
"It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself," he continued. He also opened up on the sessions that helped him take on his addiction headfirst and revealed, "It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself. There's great value in that."
Since becoming sober, Pitt also opened up about not being able to deal with his emotions given he told GQ Style that he had been "running from feelings" post-Jolie filing for divorce.