Brad Pitt Opens Up About Drug Use and Happiness in New 'Esquire' Interview

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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.

See more Brad Pitt photos:

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  • Brad Pitt in Brad Pitt Leaves Paris
  • Brad Pitt in Brad Pitt Rides His Motorcycle
  • Brad Pitt in Brad & Angelina Take The Twins To The Museum
  • Brad Pitt in (FILE) Classic Screen Romances
  • Brad Pitt in Valentine Kisses 2013

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