Brad Pitt Smoked Pot to Cope With Depression

By Valerie Tejeda 01/26/12

The Oscar-nominated star admits "smoking way too much dope and turning into a doughnut."

Brad Pitt is now a "satisfied" man.
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Best Actor nominee Brad Pitt—who's always been candid about his past love of “Mary Jane”—tells Hollywood Reporter that over a decade ago he struggled with "dark" thoughts and used marijuana to help cope with depression. “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; and I really got irritated with myself,” he recalls. “I got to: ‘What’s the point? I know better than this.’ ” The 48-year-old Moneyball star says he was figuring out who he was, and felt as though he was “majoring into depression.” After a trip to Casablanca, Morocco in the late '90s, Pitt decided he needed to make a change. “I saw poverty to an extreme I had never witnessed before...and the children were inflicted with a lot of deformities, and things that could have been avoided had become their sentence. It stuck with me.” He soon decided it was time to kick the pot: “I just quit. I stopped grass then—I mean, pretty much—and decided to get off the couch.” Pitt shared similar memories of his past with Parade magazine back in September: “I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic.” But the father of six now considers himself a “satisfied” man, and credits this to his love for Angelina Jolie and their children.

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix,, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.