GQ Trolls Vanity Fair PhotoShop Cover Disaster: ‘Best Comedy Issue Ever’

GQ decided to go in for a ferocious bit of trolling in its new recent comedy issue, releasing a cover that lampoons the much-maligned cover of Vanity Fair’s January Hollywood issue.

The GQ cover features comedians gown-wearing Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman in a mangled mess of obviously PhotoShopped limbs — and bears a striking similarity to the Vanity Fair mashup of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman earlier this year that seemed to show an extra leg.

“We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover,” said the magazine in a devilish tweet.

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We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover https://t.co/BsysaNGbc9 pic.twitter.com/OGpN4jUYMo

— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) May 17, 2018

The accompanying article by the magazine drove the point home.

“GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue,” wrote the editors. “We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.”

“To you, our respected readers, we know that GQ must work doubly hard to earn back your trust. Until then, we’ll be ignoring our mentions,” they added.

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In the photo used for the Vanity Fair cover, Witherspoon’s legs are crossed to one side, but the lighting and color of her dress led some to believe that the magazine composited two shots and forgot to remove a visible extra leg. The magazine, however, insisted the flesh-toned portion of the photo is simply the back of her dress.

More damning, however, was a behind-the-scenes photo of Winfrey and Witherspoon on set in which Winfrey appears to have one hand on her hip, one in her lap, as well as a surprise third hand around Witherspoon’s waist.

Needless to say the internet had a field day with the GQ cover, as wags, pundits and blue checks all tried to get in on the fun.

“We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.” https://t.co/wrKYxbeDkW

— Zach Baron (@zachbaron) May 17, 2018

Who says times are tough in publishing? This shoot must’ve cost @GQMagazine an arm and a leg. And an arm. And a leg. https://t.co/7B4qdQN9Hp

— EJ Samson (@ejsamson) May 17, 2018

Strong troll game from @GQMagazine pic.twitter.com/TQ5iTb3mT5

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 17, 2018

“To demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we will release the results of the review, quietly, in 17 months, on Medium.” https://t.co/BiyyVUNjWh

— Ben Walsh (@BenDWalsh) May 17, 2018

HANDS DOWN Our Best Comedy Issue Ever! ???????? https://t.co/BFabro5KnO

— Luke Leifeste (@lukeleifeste) May 17, 2018

This is just perfect. https://t.co/o9Usi5dFii

— Taffy Brodesser-Akner (@taffyakner) May 17, 2018

GQ, trolling @VanityFair so hard.

(via @lukeleifeste) https://t.co/cVb5VodXZs

— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) May 17, 2018

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GQ decided to go in for a ferocious bit of trolling in its new recent comedy issue, releasing a cover that lampoons the much-maligned cover of Vanity Fair’s January Hollywood issue.

The GQ cover features comedians gown-wearing Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman in a mangled mess of obviously PhotoShopped limbs — and bears a striking similarity to the Vanity Fair mashup of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman earlier this year that seemed to show an extra leg.

“We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover,” said the magazine in a devilish tweet.

The accompanying article by the magazine drove the point home.

“GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue,” wrote the editors. “We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.”

“To you, our respected readers, we know that GQ must work doubly hard to earn back your trust. Until then, we’ll be ignoring our mentions,” they added.

In the photo used for the Vanity Fair cover, Witherspoon’s legs are crossed to one side, but the lighting and color of her dress led some to believe that the magazine composited two shots and forgot to remove a visible extra leg. The magazine, however, insisted the flesh-toned portion of the photo is simply the back of her dress.

More damning, however, was a behind-the-scenes photo of Winfrey and Witherspoon on set in which Winfrey appears to have one hand on her hip, one in her lap, as well as a surprise third hand around Witherspoon’s waist.

Needless to say the internet had a field day with the GQ cover, as wags, pundits and blue checks all tried to get in on the fun.

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Magazine World’s Ellie Awards Honor Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein Probes As New Yorker, New York And GQ Win Big

Ronan Farrow’s investigations of Harvey Weinstein received the magazine world’s highest honor, the Ellie Award, and the publisher of them, The New Yorker, joined New York and GQ as the only winners of multiple trophies.
In a lunchtime ceremony hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon, the 53rd annual Ellies (known for the elephant-shaped statuettes that go to the winners) recognized four magazines for General Excellence. Those top prizes went to The New Yorker (its seventh General…

Ronan Farrow’s investigations of Harvey Weinstein received the magazine world’s highest honor, the Ellie Award, and the publisher of them, The New Yorker, joined New York and GQ as the only winners of multiple trophies. In a lunchtime ceremony hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon, the 53rd annual Ellies (known for the elephant-shaped statuettes that go to the winners) recognized four magazines for General Excellence. Those top prizes went to The New Yorker (its seventh General…

An oral history of actual punks punching actual Nazis in the face

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Keith Olbermann Announces Final Episode of GQ Series ‘The Resistance’ (Video)

Keith Olbermann thinks Donald Trump is finished, and with that, so is his show “The Resistance.”

Olbermann announced in Monday’s episode of his GQ commentary series “The Resistance” that it would be the last episode, and that he would be retiring from political commentary in any outlet.

“No illness, no scandal, no firing, just I’ve said what I have to say,” Olbermann said. “I am retiring from political commentary in all media venues.”

NEW VIDEO: The last episode of #TheResistanceGQ. The good news: I’m finishing it because I think – especially after “Pocahontas” – Trump is unavoidably, inevitably, and in every possible path open to him, FINISHED pic.twitter.com/NzguN6uvL3

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 27, 2017

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In his final episode, Olbermann laid out seven “roots” that he thinks can all lead to Trump being impeached, including the Russia scandal, the sexual allegations and increasing pressure from Republican leaders in his own party to avoid losing their seats in the next election.

“This ball game is over, and I don’t think it’s going to last another 13 months,” Olbermann said, referencing how long the Richard Nixon and Watergate scandal was drawn out.

Olbermann has produced 187 episodes of “The Resistance” in all, with 147 of those shared to GQ’s YouTube channel dating back to last November just after Trump was elected. He says in the video it started as “a two-month project by someone who had given up politics.”

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“I am proud of it, and I repudiate none of it. It has been my privilege to do it,” Olbermann said. “But frankly, I have not enjoyed one minute of it. As I’m certain it has also been for you, for me, it has been unadulterated pain, revulsion and horror. The process has become nearly 24/7, and I’ve said so much that I can and have recycled old commentaries from months ago, and they have been fully applicable to breaking news.”

Olbermann closed his statement with some jabs at the media in their attempt to continue to attract Trump voters, and was less than optimistic about the future of America’s democracy, saying that when he believes Trump is inevitably removed, that will not cure his supporters and the legacy Trump has left. But he’s still hanging it up and attempting to put politics behind him.

“I am confident now, even more so than I have been throughout the last year, that this nightmare of a presidency of Donald John Trump will end prematurely and end soon, and I am thus also confident that this is the correct moment to end this series of commentaries,” Olbermann said.

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Keith Olbermann thinks Donald Trump is finished, and with that, so is his show “The Resistance.”

Olbermann announced in Monday’s episode of his GQ commentary series “The Resistance” that it would be the last episode, and that he would be retiring from political commentary in any outlet.

“No illness, no scandal, no firing, just I’ve said what I have to say,” Olbermann said. “I am retiring from political commentary in all media venues.”

In his final episode, Olbermann laid out seven “roots” that he thinks can all lead to Trump being impeached, including the Russia scandal, the sexual allegations and increasing pressure from Republican leaders in his own party to avoid losing their seats in the next election.

“This ball game is over, and I don’t think it’s going to last another 13 months,” Olbermann said, referencing how long the Richard Nixon and Watergate scandal was drawn out.

Olbermann has produced 187 episodes of “The Resistance” in all, with 147 of those shared to GQ’s YouTube channel dating back to last November just after Trump was elected. He says in the video it started as “a two-month project by someone who had given up politics.”

“I am proud of it, and I repudiate none of it. It has been my privilege to do it,” Olbermann said. “But frankly, I have not enjoyed one minute of it. As I’m certain it has also been for you, for me, it has been unadulterated pain, revulsion and horror. The process has become nearly 24/7, and I’ve said so much that I can and have recycled old commentaries from months ago, and they have been fully applicable to breaking news.”

Olbermann closed his statement with some jabs at the media in their attempt to continue to attract Trump voters, and was less than optimistic about the future of America’s democracy, saying that when he believes Trump is inevitably removed, that will not cure his supporters and the legacy Trump has left. But he’s still hanging it up and attempting to put politics behind him.

“I am confident now, even more so than I have been throughout the last year, that this nightmare of a presidency of Donald John Trump will end prematurely and end soon, and I am thus also confident that this is the correct moment to end this series of commentaries,” Olbermann said.

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Colin Kaepernick Is GQ’s Citizen of the Year, Twitter Erupts: ‘Sacrificed His Career’

When Colin Kaepernick chose last year to kneel during the National Anthem at NFL games, he probably didn’t expect it to land him on the cover of GQ magazine, after the entire country — including the president — weighed in on his protest against police brutality imposed on the black community.

GQ’s December Men of the Year issue was released Monday, and also features “Bad Hombre of the Year” Stephen Colbert, “Champion of the Year” Kevin Durant and “Wonder Woman of the Year” Gal Gadot. Kaepernick is honored as “Citizen of the Year,” a decoration that now has his name trending on Twitter.

Celebs from J. Cole to Ava Duvernay wrote about Kaepernick’s influence over the past year for the issue.

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J. Cole said Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream” to stand up for what he believed was right.

“Suddenly something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life–standing for the national anthem–now feels uncomfortable,” the rapper wrote. “Why? Because now it feels phony! It feels like, ‘Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for? I feel like we’re lying.’”

DuVernay wrote that she sees Kaepernick’s actions as “art.”

“I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn’t exist,” the filmmaker said. “Civil rights activists are artists. Athletes are artists. People who imagine something that is not there. I think some folks see his protests, his resistance, as not his work. Not intentional. Not strategic. Not as progressive action. As if this was just a moment that he got caught up in. This was work. This is work that he’s doing.”

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To read the full feature, head over here.

The GQ honor comes after Sports Illustrated came under fire for not including Kaepernick in their “Sports United” cover back in September, when the NFL/Anthem protests were in full swing, dominating the country’s collective conversation. SI’s executive editor Stephen Cannella said at the time that the former 49ers quarterback was left out because they wanted the piece to focus on “new voices” that emerged in the debate.

Granted, not everyone is excited about Kaepernick’s new designation, and some conservatives online are calling for a GQ boycott. But the fact that the magazine can lean left is nothing new — special correspondent Keith Olbermann even hosts a web series called “The Resistance.”

Yet, the reactions (at least on weathervane Twitter) have been mostly positive:

I’m honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year. https://t.co/s6wBZTa6tH

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2017

AMAZING! @GQMagazine has named Colin Kaepernick the “Citizen of the Year” for his courageous protest against injustice + his work in the community. Much love to my brother Colin! https://t.co/6WnKyBiIiw pic.twitter.com/DqspzbfuXF

— COMMON (@common) November 13, 2017

Folks so mad at Colin Kaepernick on GQ. It’s almost like helping inner city children, donating money & fighting for Black lives is actually offensive to them. If you don’t hate yourself, they hate you. It’s laughable.

— Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) November 13, 2017

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Nobody is more deserving of Citizen of the Year than Colin Kaepernick, a true American hero who sacrificed his career to fight white supremacy. https://t.co/iRIbhlAaaz

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 13, 2017

That GQ named Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year reminds us that his movement is not just about football. It’s about racial justice and equity for all of us. ✊????✊????✊???? pic.twitter.com/Wk4ONM0InW

— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) November 13, 2017

If you are upset that Colin Kaepernick was named GQ Citizen of the Year, then most likely, you are probably a white supremacist. And I dance in racist tears like…. pic.twitter.com/BYSixRjFEi

— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) November 13, 2017

GQ mag did the right thing by making Colin Kaepernick “Citizen of the Year”. Let’s continue to shine a spotlight on how law enforcement has been infiltrated by white supremacists (according to the FBI)

— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) November 13, 2017

As a proud military veteran, I could not agree more with @GQMagazine in honoring Colin Kaepernick as “Citizen of the Year”.

I see him as a courageous voice, someone who stands up for Constitutional values, no matter the opposition. That, to me, is true patriotism.

— Charles Clymér????️‍???? (@cmclymer) November 13, 2017

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When Colin Kaepernick chose last year to kneel during the National Anthem at NFL games, he probably didn’t expect it to land him on the cover of GQ magazine, after the entire country — including the president — weighed in on his protest against police brutality imposed on the black community.

GQ’s December Men of the Year issue was released Monday, and also features “Bad Hombre of the Year” Stephen Colbert, “Champion of the Year” Kevin Durant and “Wonder Woman of the Year” Gal Gadot. Kaepernick is honored as “Citizen of the Year,” a decoration that now has his name trending on Twitter.

Celebs from J. Cole to Ava Duvernay wrote about Kaepernick’s influence over the past year for the issue.

J. Cole said Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream” to stand up for what he believed was right.

“Suddenly something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life–standing for the national anthem–now feels uncomfortable,” the rapper wrote. “Why? Because now it feels phony! It feels like, ‘Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for? I feel like we’re lying.'”

DuVernay wrote that she sees Kaepernick’s actions as “art.”

“I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn’t exist,” the filmmaker said. “Civil rights activists are artists. Athletes are artists. People who imagine something that is not there. I think some folks see his protests, his resistance, as not his work. Not intentional. Not strategic. Not as progressive action. As if this was just a moment that he got caught up in. This was work. This is work that he’s doing.”

To read the full feature, head over here.

The GQ honor comes after Sports Illustrated came under fire for not including Kaepernick in their “Sports United” cover back in September, when the NFL/Anthem protests were in full swing, dominating the country’s collective conversation. SI’s executive editor Stephen Cannella said at the time that the former 49ers quarterback was left out because they wanted the piece to focus on “new voices” that emerged in the debate.

Granted, not everyone is excited about Kaepernick’s new designation, and some conservatives online are calling for a GQ boycott. But the fact that the magazine can lean left is nothing new — special correspondent Keith Olbermann even hosts a web series called “The Resistance.”

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Fashion Photographer Terry Richardson Blacklisted From Condé Nast International (Report)

Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been blacklisted from Condé Nast International, which will no longer publish his work on media properties like British Vogue and GQ, London’s Telegraph reported Monday.

The move follows Anna Wintour’s U.S. edition of Vogue, which previously stopped employing the photographer over charges of sexual harassment.

“The last assignment Terry Richardson had for U.S. Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future,” a spokesman for Vogue told TheWrap in 2014. (On Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed that Richardson still was on the magazine’s do-not-hire list.)

Media representatives for Condé Nast International did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. Richardson’s agent also did not respond to an email for comment.

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News of Richardson’s fall from grace circulated in an email around the company, the Telegraph wrote, adding that any of his work already submitted but not yet published  must now be withdrawn or replaced with other material.

Richardson, whose images often push the envelope in terms of provocative sexuality, has long been dogged by allegations that he exploits and harasses young models, a charge that he has denied.

 

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Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been blacklisted from Condé Nast International, which will no longer publish his work on media properties like British Vogue and GQ, London’s Telegraph reported Monday.

The move follows Anna Wintour’s U.S. edition of Vogue, which previously stopped employing the photographer over charges of sexual harassment.

“The last assignment Terry Richardson had for U.S. Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future,” a spokesman for Vogue told TheWrap in 2014. (On Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed that Richardson still was on the magazine’s do-not-hire list.)

Media representatives for Condé Nast International did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. Richardson’s agent also did not respond to an email for comment.

News of Richardson’s fall from grace circulated in an email around the company, the Telegraph wrote, adding that any of his work already submitted but not yet published  must now be withdrawn or replaced with other material.

Richardson, whose images often push the envelope in terms of provocative sexuality, has long been dogged by allegations that he exploits and harasses young models, a charge that he has denied.

 

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Brad Pitt on Life Pre-Divorce: ‘I Was Boozing Too Much’

Brad Pitt has given his first interview since his split from Angelina Jolie, talking about his struggle with alcohol, his life post-divorce, and the strain the event has had on his six children.

In the interview with GQ, the actor recalled a “few spots along the road where I’ve become absolutely tired of myself,” which includes the time where he “was boozing too much.”

“I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something,” he told the men’s magazine. “And you realize that a lot of it is, um–cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I’m running from feelings. I’m 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 — things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”

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He added, “We have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.”

Since his split from Jolie in September after two years of marriage and 12 years of partnership, Pitt has replaced alcohol with “cranberry juice and fizzy water” simply because he doesn’t “want to live that way anymore,” and has been going to therapy.

“You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one,” he said.

Pitt currently lives in the same house in the Hollywood Hills that he’s lived in since 1994. Children’s bikes line the rack outside and a floatie bobs on the pool, but Pitt and Jolie (whose name he only mentions once — in relation to her upcoming Cambodia movie, “First They Killed My Father”) are currently working on who has the kids when.

“I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called. And you know, after that, we’ve been able to work together to sort this out,” he said. “We’re both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court–it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”

He said that shortly after the divorce, it was too sad to live at the house by himself, so he went to stay at a friend’s house instead.

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“It was too sad to be here at first, so I went and stayed on a friend’s floor, a little bungalow in Santa Monica. I crashed over here a little bit, my friend [David] Fincher lives right here,” he said. “I stayed at my friend’s house on the floor for a month and a half–until I was out there one morning, 5:30, and this surveillance van pulls up. They don’t know that I’m up behind a wall, and they pull up–and it’s a long story–but it was something more than TMZ, because they got into my friend’s computer. The stuff they can do these days…. So I got a little paranoid being there. I decided I had to pick up and come here.”

How are Pitt and Jolie’s six kids handling the very public separation?

“Well, there’s a lot to tell them because there’s understanding the future, there’s understanding the immediate moment and why we’re at this point, and then it brings up a lot of issues from the past that we haven’t talked about. So our focus is that everyone comes out stronger and better people–there is no other outcome,” Pitt explained.

“Family first. People on their deathbeds don’t talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets–that seems to be the menu. I say that as someone who’s let the work take me away,” Pitt continued. “Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I’m not hearing. I want to be better at that.”

Read the entire GQ interview here.

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Brad Pitt has given his first interview since his split from Angelina Jolie, talking about his struggle with alcohol, his life post-divorce, and the strain the event has had on his six children.

In the interview with GQ, the actor recalled a “few spots along the road where I’ve become absolutely tired of myself,” which includes the time where he “was boozing too much.”

“I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something,” he told the men’s magazine. “And you realize that a lot of it is, um–cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I’m running from feelings. I’m 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 — things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”

He added, “We have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.”

Since his split from Jolie in September after two years of marriage and 12 years of partnership, Pitt has replaced alcohol with “cranberry juice and fizzy water” simply because he doesn’t “want to live that way anymore,” and has been going to therapy.

“You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one,” he said.

Pitt currently lives in the same house in the Hollywood Hills that he’s lived in since 1994. Children’s bikes line the rack outside and a floatie bobs on the pool, but Pitt and Jolie (whose name he only mentions once — in relation to her upcoming Cambodia movie, “First They Killed My Father”) are currently working on who has the kids when.

“I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called. And you know, after that, we’ve been able to work together to sort this out,” he said. “We’re both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court–it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”

He said that shortly after the divorce, it was too sad to live at the house by himself, so he went to stay at a friend’s house instead.

“It was too sad to be here at first, so I went and stayed on a friend’s floor, a little bungalow in Santa Monica. I crashed over here a little bit, my friend [David] Fincher lives right here,” he said. “I stayed at my friend’s house on the floor for a month and a half–until I was out there one morning, 5:30, and this surveillance van pulls up. They don’t know that I’m up behind a wall, and they pull up–and it’s a long story–but it was something more than TMZ, because they got into my friend’s computer. The stuff they can do these days…. So I got a little paranoid being there. I decided I had to pick up and come here.”

How are Pitt and Jolie’s six kids handling the very public separation?

“Well, there’s a lot to tell them because there’s understanding the future, there’s understanding the immediate moment and why we’re at this point, and then it brings up a lot of issues from the past that we haven’t talked about. So our focus is that everyone comes out stronger and better people–there is no other outcome,” Pitt explained.

“Family first. People on their deathbeds don’t talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets–that seems to be the menu. I say that as someone who’s let the work take me away,” Pitt continued. “Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I’m not hearing. I want to be better at that.”

Read the entire GQ interview here.

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