Brad Pitt’s divorce from Angelina Jolie was a shocking blow to many fans of the power couple. In the years since the two split, Brad has regained his eligible bachelor title. With the title come countless rumors about who he may be romantically involved with, from MIT professor Neri Oxman to actress Alia Shawkat. Brad’s stepping forward to say that he sees the rumors, and there’s no truth to them.
Brad opened up about the matter during his profile in the New York Times Magazine‘s Great Performers issue. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor admits that when it comes to stories about him, he doesn’t “go out of my way to avoid it; I just don’t seek it out.”
Brad also revealed that in 2004, he stopped reading press altogether. “Not just reviews. I mean any magazine in the doctor’s office,” he explained. “Because some of it would bounce around like a rat in the skull. It would stay there, and it would inform some of my decisions and choices in work, in life, and I didn’t find any of it helpful.”
As for that string of women he’s allegedly been connected with? “I don’t know how many women they’ve said I’ve been dating the last two or three years,” he said. “And none of it’s true.”
These days, Brad focuses more on his craft than his love life. He took some inspiration for his role as Cliff Booth, for which he’s scored a Golden Globe nomination, from his own life.
“With Cliff, it’s connected to my dad, the way he carries himself. It’s also the iconic figures like Butch and Sundance and in Clint Eastwood movies,” he explained. “Then it’s where I am in my life. I don’t care who you are, life is struggle. It’s how you perceive those struggles. As I’ve gotten older, I take them more as another day in the office, acceptance of what the day throws you.”