Brad Pitt looks like "an L.A. dad on a juice cleanse" who is "gearing up to do house projects" these days. This is according to GQ Style's Michael Paterniti, who landed the first interview with Brad since his bombshell split from Angelina Jolie last fall. In the lengthy interview for the magazine's summer 2017 issue (complete with three covers), Brad reveals that his post-split days have been filled with matcha (he apparently loves the whole ritual of making it) and therapy. "I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to right one," he says. He's also gotten into the habit of making things, something that's been a dream of his for a decade. "I make everything," he tells GQ, citing clay, plaster, rebar, and wood as his go-to materials. "You know, I surprise myself. But it's a very, very lonely occupation." (Brad, I need some shelves in my bedroom if you'd like to volunteer your time).
Brad also talks about his recent relationship with alcohol, something that reportedly contributed to Angelina's decision to file for divorce. "I'm really, really happy to be done with all that." According to Brad, he stopped "everything" (including marijuana) but alcohol when he started his family. But in the last year, he reached a limit. "I was boozing too much. It's just become a problem," he tells GQ. "And I'm really happy it's been half a year, which is bittersweet, but I've got my feelings in my fingertips again." Despite having a winery with Angelina, he doesn't miss the booze, which has since been replaced with cranberry juice and "fizzy water," giving Brad the "cleanest urinary tract in all of L.A.," in case you were wondering about that part of his body. "I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good."
Of his six kids, Brad says he hopes to be a better listener especially when he's working. "Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained." In the midst of the divorce headlines last fall, the Los Angeles County Department of Child Services investigated the actor after he allegedly got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with his eldest son, Maddox, while on a private plane trip. The investigation concluded that there was no evidence of abuse as the former couple released a joint statement saying they were acting "as a united front" during the divorce proceedings. Looking back, Brad says he was "really on my back and chained to a system" during the investigation.
Brad and Angelina are currently working on a schedule for when he can have the kids over, he says. By the way, Angelina's name is mentioned once in the interview—when Brad suggests the writer check out "Angie's film," First They Killed My Father. But he says that moving forward, they're on the same page. "[W]e've been able to work together to sort this out. We're both doing our best."
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.