Fans were shocked when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced that they had broken up, and as their split played out in front of the world, it became obvious that the father of six had some serious issues to work on. Now, in a new interview, he has revealed how he鈥檚 dealing with his divorce and the major change he鈥檚 made in order to be a better father to his kids.

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Chatting with GQ Style while also appearing on this month鈥檚 cover of the magazine, the 53-year-old actor talked about the months since moving out of the family home and mending his relationship with his children, Maddox (15), Pax (13), Zahara (12), Shiloh (10), and twins Knox and Vivienne (8). He now knows, 鈥淚 gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven鈥檛 been great at it.鈥

While the road has definitely been rocky, Pitt appears to be willing to do what it takes to mend the strained relationship with his family, saying, 鈥淵ou know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one.鈥

And while therapy is surely helping, Pitt admits that the biggest change he鈥檚 made was his decision to quit drinking, supposedly one of the issues that sparked so much trouble within the family.

Now sober for six months, he revealed, 鈥淧ersonally, I can鈥檛 remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn鈥檛 boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something. And you realize that a lot of it is, um 鈥 cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I鈥檓 running from feelings.鈥

He continued, 鈥淚鈥檓 really, really happy to be done with all of that. I mean, I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know 鈥 things I wasn鈥檛 dealing with. I was boozing too much. It鈥檚 just become a problem. And I鈥檓 really happy it鈥檚 been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I鈥檝e got my feelings in my fingertips again.鈥

Though he admits that joy is 鈥渁n elusive thing鈥 these days, saying, 鈥淚t鈥檚 been a more painful week than normal 鈥 just certain things have come up 鈥 but I see joy out the window, and I can see the silhouette of palms and an expression on one of my kids鈥 faces, a parting smile鈥 You know, it鈥檚 everywhere, it鈥檚 got to be found.鈥

We hope the entire family can find joy together soon, in whatever way is best for them all.

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