improving oneself Brad Pitt opened up about how creating art helps him deal with his personal troubles in the midst of his continuing conflict with Angelina Jolie.

In an interview with Financial Times that was released on Wednesday, October 12, the actor, 58, talked openly about starting a sculpture studio in Los Angeles after divorcing Jolie, 47, in 2016. Pitt described working on a show with musician Nick Cave and artist Thomas Houseago as “our mutual suffering became hilarious.” And from this pain, a spark of joy entered my existence.

The Bullet Train actor liked the way the artistic form allowed him to address his life. Nine of his sculptures are on display at the Sara Hildén Art Museum. He described one of his pieces, which shows a gunfight, as being all about self-reflection. I was focusing on owning my own s-t as I took stock of my life. Where have I erred and where have I been complicit in my relationships’ failures?

“For me, it was born out of ownership of what I call a radical inventory of self, going really brutally honest with myself, and taking account of others I may have injured,” Pitt continued.

It’s really exhausting to be anything other than who you are, the Academy Award winner said in a statement that provided insight into how he has changed both on and off the screen. You must realize that, at least in the area where I grew up, we resemble Clint Eastwood more than anything else. You are strong, capable, and able to handle anything; you don’t display any signs of weakness.

Pitt stated that his work as an actor is still shaped by his past. “I see it in my father and the older generations of actors, and it’s exhausting.” “As I get older, I find such comfort in friendships where you can be [completely yourself], and I want that to extend into the outside world,” he continued. “Whatever people think of me: I’m fine. I feel safe here because there is a focus on our struggles as human beings, and because it is dangerous. And joy.”

The Ad Astra actor continues to make news of his ups and downs with Jolie as he shares this insight into his personal life. The public was stunned when the couple, who wed in 2014 after a long courtship, divorced in 2016. Due to an earlier incident on the family’s jet, Pitt was the focus of a child abuse inquiry just before the Eternals star announced her intent to divorce. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services later gave him the all-clear.

The former couple, however, is embroiled in numerous legal disputes, including a conflict over their French chateau and winery Miraval as well as an ongoing custody struggle over their minor children. (Jolie and Pitt’s six children—Maddox, 21, Pax, 18, Zahara, 17, Shiloh, 16, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 14—have been officially separated since April 2019).

The charity worker filed a new court document earlier this month alleging Pitt of mistreating her physically and psychologically when they were married. Jolie mentioned an argument she had with her ex-husband on the plane in September 2016 as the cause of their breakup in the legal documents.

Pitt “was physically and emotionally abusive to Jolie and their children, who were then between the ages of 8 and 15 throughout the long, overnight flight,” she claimed in the paperwork. “After that flight, Jolie made the decision to file for divorce for the sake of her family’s welfare.”

Pitt, for his part, issued a statement denying all abuse claims. On October 6, his attorney Anne Kiley told Us Weekly that Brad “has owned everything he’s accountable for from day one — unlike the other side — but he’s not going to own something he didn’t do.” “He has been the target of every kind of defamation and personal attack.”

A source exclusively revealed to Us at the time that Pitt is “sick to his stomach” about the allegations. The insider claimed, “He insists [that] it’s lies and that Angelina will do everything it takes to harm his name. In the end, he and Angelina seem destined to battle for the rest of their lives, or at least until the children are grown and there is nothing left for them to argue over. They are both unwilling to move, and the situation is terrible and toxic.