Though Pitt’s physical health seemed to be getting better, his mental health still needed work. The actor shared that he had “spent years with a low-grade depression.”
“I always felt very alone in my life,” he said. “Alone growing up as a kid, alone even out here [in Los Angeles], and it’s really not till recently that I have had a greater embrace of my friends and family. What’s that line, it was either Rilke or Einstein, believe it or not, but it was something about when you can walk with the paradox, when you carry real pain and real joy simultaneously, this is maturity, this is growth.”
Pitt’s newfound urge for a healthier lifestyle came after his marriage to Jolie seemed to fall apart. At the time she filed for divorce, the Malefecient actress sought physical custody of their six kids—Maddox, 20, Pax, 18, Zahara, 17, Shiloh, 16, and twins Knox and Viviennne, 13—and suggested that Pitt get visitation rights, according to court documents obtained by E! News.