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Brad Pitt Takes on Dating Rumors, Plus: His Days Smoking Pot

Brad Pitt Takes on Dating Rumors, Plus: His Days Smoking Pot
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Since his split from Angelina Jolie in 2016, actor Brad Pitt, 55, has been linked to several women, including Charlize Theron, Sienna Miller, and MIT professor Neri Oxman.

Pitt is finally addressing all the rumors, telling The New York Times, “I don’t know how many women they’ve said I’ve been dating the last two or three years, and none of it’s true.”

Rumors were recently swirling that Pitt was dating “Arrested Development” actress Alia Shawkat after they were spotted together several times over the past few months.

In November, Pitt was seen at the Wilding Cran Gallery with Alia.

To fuel more rumors, they were also spotted leaving in the same car after seeing Ethan Cohen’s "A Play Is a Poem" and posing backstage with Mike Birbiglia at his one-man show the month before.

A source close to Pitt insisted to People magazine, “They are absolutely just friends.”

Brad also reflected on how he’s changed since the '90s, sharing with The Times, “I’ve had moments where I’ve seen pictures of myself from years ago and gone, 'That kid looks all right.' But I didn’t feel that way inside. I spent most of the '90s hiding out and smoking pot. I was too uncomfortable with all the attention. Then I got to a place where I was aware that I was imprisoning myself. Now I go out and live life, and generally people are pretty cool.”

Recalling his childhood memory when he was moved by the Harlem Globetrotters at a game, Brad emphasized, “So what I’m getting at is that after I stopped hiding out, once I got back out in the world, I realized that you have that ability to make someone feel good for a moment. I’m not trying to say anyone is being brushed with my greatness. I’m trying to say that I have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. That’s a rare thing.”

Pitt's box-office clout exploded in the '90s, as he starred in such hits as “Fight Club,” “Interview with the Vampire,” “12 Monkeys,” and “Meet Joe Black.” Of that era in his life, Brad commented, “In the '90s, I did become aware that there was this kind of leading-man role that you could plug any of us into and it didn’t even matter. We would all have the same result. So as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more conscious of thinking, 'If I am the one to play something, what can I bring that’s unique?'”

Though he earned an Oscar nomination for “12 Monkeys,” Pitt was very critical of his performance. He explained, “I nailed the first half of '12 Monkeys.' I got the second half all wrong. That performance bothered me because there was a trap in the writing. It’s not the writing’s fault, but it was something that I couldn’t figure out.”

A few months ago, Brad chatted with “Extra’s” Renee Bargh, explaining why he felt it was important to be open. At the premiere of “Ad Astra,” he said, “Man, I'm just... I'm older. We're all alike... we're all a mess. Why have secrets?”

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