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Though one of the most recognizable movie stars of the last 20 years, Brad Pitt is a private guy, and his inner circle is pretty exclusive, which is exactly how he likes it. So it's a bit of a surprise just how candid and thoughtful he was for his interview in the latest issue of Esquire.
"I have very few friends," Pitt reveals in mag. "I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven't known life to be any happier. I'm making things. I just haven't known life to be any happier."
Though his social life is admittedly more bare than you'd expect for a guy who seems to be one of the most respected and likable actors in Hollywood, he's far from lonely. "I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big," says Pitt, who shares six children with Angelina Jolie. "I wanted there to be chaos in the house … there's constant chatter in our house, whether it's giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it."
And it's his family who has kept him motivated and on the straight and narrow. "For a long time I thought I did too much damage — drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired." Pitt reflects. "I spent years f--king off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany – a decision not to squander my opportunities. ... Because otherwise, what’s the point?"
Read more from the Brad Pitt cover story in Esquire, on newsstands May 28.
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