Brad Pitt has revealed a lot about himself in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He tells us about his religious upbringing as a child, his relationship with God now, his desire to marry Angelina and how after losing his way he experienced a ‘light bulb’ moment that made him change his ways. It is so refreshing to hear a real honest opening up like this. I learned a bit about Brad that I feel is worth sharing with you.
We don’t hear many stars talking about religion. Occasionally we have someone showing their religion or culture (Natalie Portman comes to mind straight away) but on the whole, it is not something we generally know a lot about our fave stars. Brad’s recent comments got me thinking… is it that most Hollywood stars aren’t religious or just that they don’t talk much about it?
A few years ago Brad came out and said that he was agnostic, “probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic. I don’t think anyone really knows. You’ll either find out or not when you get there, until then there’s no point thinking about it.”
“I grew up very religious, and I don’t have a great relationship with religion…I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism…got brought up being told things were God’s way, and when things didn’t work out it was called God’s plan.”
Katy Perry is another celebrity that has come out recently and said that her childhood was difficult because of her parent’s religious inclinations. A few weeks ago she had issues with her parents using her divorce as a catalyst for bringing people into their church!
Like Katy, Brad also decided to change his life from the way he was brought up, and is open to talking about this. He is self aware, socially active and worldly.. and for me anyway, just one of those stars that ‘gets it.’
“I got really sick of myself at the end of the 1990s: I was hiding out from the celebrity thing; I was smoking way too much dope; I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut.”
He has certainly picked himself up and transformed himself now hasn’t he? Father of 6, devoted partner, talented and successful actor, and he has embraced “the celebrity thing” while always remaining true to himself (at least that is how I see it.)
So, what was the moment that changed his life? A trip to Morocco he took in the late-90s, where he saw “poverty to an extreme I had never witnessed before, and we talked about inequality and health care, and I saw just what I felt was so unnecessary.”
And the best comment he made… about how much he wants to marry Angelina Jolie, the mother of his children and the love of his life… but they made the commitment that they wouldn’t marry until everyone can.
“It seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment….But to be in love with someone and be raising a family with someone and want to make that commitment and not be able to is ludicrous, just ludicrous.”
I would have probably loved Brad even if he was a dope smoking doughnut, but I love him more now.