Brad Pitt Reveals He Suffers From Face Blindness And People Hate Him For It
Renowned Hollywood star Brad Pitt has opened up about his struggle, as he cannot recognize people by looking at their faces. In fact, this apparently even includes not recognizing his own family members. Pitt also opened up honestly about other aspects of his life.
Brad Pitt and ‘prosopagnosia’
Speaking to GQ, Brad Pitt explained that over the years, people have felt he was aloof and absorbed, simply because he didn’t recognize them. Meanwhile, Brad said that nobody believes him.
As described by medical experts, prosopagnosia, or face blindness, affects around 2.5 percent of the population in varying degrees. According to some researchers, the condition may have been brought on by underdevelopment in the womb. Reportedly, face blindness often affects people from birth and is a problem they will have for most of their lives.
Apparently, prosopagnosia suffered may be able to cope by using alternative strategies to recognize people. Among these is to remember the way they walk, their hairstyle, clothing, or voice. However, this doesn’t always work and can get worse when a sufferer meets someone in an unfamiliar location.
While Pitt, 58, has never been officially diagnosed with prosopagnosia, he is confident that he does, indeed, suffer from the condition. Back in 2013, the Interview With the Vampire actor told Esquire that so many people hate him because they think he is disrespecting them.
Brad and Angelina split
During the interview, Pitt was brutally honest about a number of things, including how he felt following the end of his marriage to Angelina Jolie and their divorce. He said:
I think all our hearts are broken … I always felt very alone in my life, alone growing up as a kid, alone even out here, and it’s really not till recently that I have had a greater embrace of my friends and family.
Pitt also explained that he tries to remember his dreams and keeps a pen and paper on his bedside table, hoping to recall the dream when he wakes up. He explained that he has found this to be really helpful, adding: “I’m curious what’s going on in there when I’m not at the helm.” Meanwhile, Brad has regularly been haunted by a particularly violent dream, which leaves him gasping when he awakes.
While Brad Pitt is a Hollywood superstar, it is clear that he is also a normal human being, suffering from the same problem as other people do. Meanwhile, after spending 18 months in AA, Pitt is clean and sober and has even given up smoking.