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Brad Pitt Admits His Kids Have Saved Him From Depression Following Angelina Jolie Split

Brad Pitt‘s split from Angelina Jolie hit global headlines around the world last year.

The 53-year old has kept himself away from the spotlight following the turbulent divorce.

But he’s now back doing what he does best in new film War Machine.

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Talking to the Associated Press, the Hollywood heartthrob explains that his kids have saved him from his battle with depression.

Giving us a rare insight into his whirlwind life, the actor turned producer said,

“I’m not suicidal or something. There’s still much beauty in the world and a lot of love… to be given.”

He also explained,

“It’s all right. It’s just life … Kids are everything. Kids are your life. They’re taking all the focus, as they should anyway.”

The Netflix original movie sees Pitt star as General McMahon, a character based on the real life General Stanley McChrystal.

The film centres around the true story written by Rolling Stone journalist, the late Michael Hastings.

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It focuses on his coverage of McChrystal as supreme commander in Afghanistan.

He was controversially caught ridiculing his civilian commanders in the White House.

Talking about his significant role, Pitt reveals,

“I feel for him. He’s a product of us. He [is] us. We had no interest in impugning General McChrystal or any of his guys,”

“For me, the problem is more systematic … [War Machine is] after something and we don’t know where we’re going to end up. It’s a delicate tightrope to walk.”

And it seems the Allied star has found a passion for U.S. troops since working on his new movie.

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“Nothing that we’ve ever done has said that more troops are going to do anything but cause any more damage, more loss of life and limb … supporting our troops is much more than giving them money and a pat on the back … it’s being responsible to how we use that ultimate dedication.”

Brad and Angelina have six children together – Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.

The newly single father was under investigation by child services following rumours he had been violent towards eldest son Maddox.

But the FBI soon dropped the charges, and the award-winning actor has been battling his demons ever since.

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He’s come a long way since last September, telling GQ magazine that he is working to kick his bad drinking habits.

While their divorce has been messy, the former hubby and wife are now on better terms.

An insider told E! News,

“Things have calmed [and] settled between Brad and Angelina. It’s not as tense… They are focused on the kids and working to do what’s best for them.”

War Machine will finally debut on Netflix on May 26.