Almost eight months after the news of his heartbreaking divorce from Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt is finally addressing the split. In a very candid interview with GQ Style, the actor spoke about his and Jolie's separation and how their family has been "ripped apart." Jolie officially filed for divorce from the 53-year-old following a reported incident involving their son Maddox on a private plane. The incident was so serious, the FBI eventually got involved to investigate child-abuse allegations against Pitt.
"I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called," Pitt told the publication. "And you know, after that, we've been able to work together to sort this out. We're both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, 'No one wins in court—it's just a matter of who gets hurt worse.' And it seems to be true. You spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you're right and why they're wrong, and it's just an investment in vitriolic hatred."
Pitt and Jolie are currently figuring out custody arrangements for children Pax, 13; Zahara, 12; Shiloh, 10; and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, in addition to 15-year-old Maddox. During the battle, he's currently residing in his kids' "childhood home" in the Hollywood Hills, and for their sake, he refuses to turn the divorce into an all-out battle.
"It's just very, very jarring for the kids to suddenly have their family ripped apart. If anyone can make sense of it, we have to with great care and delicacy, building everything around that.… Our focus is that everyone comes out stronger and better people—there is no other outcome," he continued. "I see it happen to friends—I see where the one spouse literally can't tell their own part in it, and it's 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."