The reinvention of Brad Pitt: clean, sober, with an art exhibition, recording studio, genderless skincare range and a rumoured romance with Emily Ratajkowski … but what’s his take on Shiloh’s dancing?

Inside Brad Pitt’s reinvention – just how is he going from Hollywood acting legend to artist, entrepreneur and more? Photos: Getty Images, Miraval Studios
Mega star Brad Pitt has been an influential personality for over three decades and his superstardom shows no sign of dimming any time soon.

While his romance with ex-wives Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston were heavily discussed in tabloids and gossip columns, the Fight Club star has undoubtedly had one of the most successful acting careers in Hollywood … but now, at age 58, he seems ready to reinvent himself.

Brad Pitt attending Blonde’s premiere at the 79th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on September 8. Photo: Reuters

Earlier this year, Pitt said that he might quit acting to focus more on being a producer, among other things. “I consider myself on my last leg, this last semester or trimester,” he told British GQ in June and added, “What is this section gonna be? And how do I want to design that?”

US producer Brad Pitt and Cuban-born Spanish actress Ana de Armas arrive for the premiere of Blonde during the 79th annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, on September 8. Photo: EPA-EFE

He told the same publication that he had also quit drinking, smoking and taken up learning guitar during the pandemic. Pitt also announced that he may suffer from prosopagnosia, or face blindness, the inability to recognise people’s faces.

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With so much going on in his life and career, we take a look at Pitt’s new ventures, possible new love and what he thinks about his family with his ex, Jolie.

His sculpture exhibition in Finland

British artist Thomas Houseago (centre) posing with US actor Brad Pitt (right) and Australian musician Nick Cave before the opening of the exhibition “Thomas Houseago – We with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt” at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland, on September 17. Photo: AFP Photo

The Bullet Train star recently made headlines when nine of his sculptures were displayed at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland. His artworks appear alongside those by Australian musician Nick Cave and artist Thomas Houseago for the exhibition titled “We”, which will be held until January 15, 2023.

A visitor looks at an artwork by US actor Brad Pitt during the exhibition “Thomas Houseago – We with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt” at The Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland, on September 21. Photo: AFP

So what did Pitt create for the exhibition? There’s a bronze coffin-sized box with myriad hands, faces and feet protruding from it, as well as a silicon house full of bullet holes.

A visitor photographs an artwork by US actor Brad Pitt during the exhibition “Thomas Houseago – We with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt” at The Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland. Photo: AFP

His artworks got rave reviews, too. The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones wrote, “Brad Pitt is an extremely impressive artist. I certainly didn’t expect to be saying that when I got up this morning.”

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Pitt reportedly began taking an interest in sculpture after his divorce from Jolie. He even reportedly made ceramics with Leonardo DiCaprio while they shot Tarantino’s Once Upon A Timein Hollywood at his sculpting studio in Los Angeles in 2019.

His genderless skincare range … and how Gwyneth Paltrow inspired him to wash his face

Brad Pitt’s co-founded his skincare line, Le Domaine, with the Perrin family. Photo: Handout
This is looking to be a busy year for Pitt. Just a matter of days before his sculpture exhibition, he launched a new genderless skincare brand called Le Domaine, which he co-founded with the Perrin family – his partner for the French winery Château Miraval, reported CNN.

According to the official brand website, “Le Domaine wants to help slow the process of skin ageing and give everyone, regardless of gender or skin type, the opportunity to age well.”

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt during The Devil’s Own premiere in New York City in 1997. Photo: WireImage

Pitt even told British Vogue that his 90s ex-girlfriend, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, inspired him to create his own beauty line.

“I love what Gwyneth’s done [with her brand Goop]. She is still a really dear friend, and she has built this empire,” he said, adding surprisingly, “In fact, come to think about it, she was probably the first one who got me to even wash my face twice a day …”

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His recording studio and wine business

A look inside Miraval studios. Photo: @cyril_sommelier/Instagram

In 2012, he and Jolie bought Château Miraval in the south of France, which also has a recording studio installed by the previous owner, French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier. Legendary artists like Pink Floyd, The Cure, Sting, AC/DC and Sade reportedly recorded there in the past, per Architectural Digest.

The studio is slated to reopen this year, although there’s been no official word at the time of writing. Pitt is working with Emmy-winning French producer Damien Quintard on the studio revamp and told the publication that they both have the same vision “for a recording studio that feels just like home”.

An aerial view of Château Miraval, the estate that former Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt bought in 2008 for an estimated 25 million euros (US$28.3 million). Photo: @goodtravel_by_winebureu/Instagram
While Pitt is clearly ecstatic about the studio, he can’t be said to feel the same about the expensive winery that he shared with Jolie. He filed a lawsuit against her earlier this year after she sold her shares of Miraval to the Stoli Group … but now she’s firing back with a countersuit.

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Recently, Jolie’s former company Nouvel LLC accused Pitt of “waging a vindictive war” against her and “hijacking” control of the business, reported CNN. Nouvel LLC is seeking US$250 million in compensatory damages.

Is he dating Emily Ratajkowski?

Emily Ratajkowski in Nensi Dojaka. Photo: Instagram

After separating from Jolie in 2016, Pitt has been linked to several gorgeous women, obviously, but never officially. Recently, reports surfaced that Pitt is getting cosy with model Emily Ratajkowski.

According to a source, however, “People have been speculating about this for a while. Brad is not dating anybody. They [Pitt and Ratajkowski] have been seen a couple times together.”

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, in January 2012. Photo: Abaca Press/TNS

The Inglourious Basterds star recently opened up about his past relationships during the opening of his exhibition in Finland, saying that his artwork is about self-reflection.

“It’s about, you know, where have I got it wrong in my relationships? Where have I misstepped? Where am I complicit? It was borne out of ownership of really what I call a radical inventory of self, getting really, brutally honest with me and … taking account of those I may have hurt and moments I’ve just got wrong,” he told Finnish broadcaster YLE.

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He is still a loving and caring dad

Recently, Pitt and Jolie’s daughter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, went viral after a video of her dancing to Doja Cat’s “Vegas” broke the internet. During the red carpet premiere for his new film Bullet Train, Pitt was asked how he felt after seeing the viral video.

“It brings a tear to the eye, yeah. I don’t know where she got it from. I’m Mr Two-Left-Feet here. I love when they find their own way, find things they are interested in, and flourish,” he told Entertainment Tonight.

Brad Pitt (centre), Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Jane Pitt and William Pitt attend the premiere of Unbroken at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in December 2014, in Hollywood, California. Photo: FilmMagic
While Jolie and Pitt’s messy divorce and custody battles are still ongoing, it’s suffice to say that Pitt’s most proud role might just be being a father.

Pitt will be seen next opposite Margot Robbie in Babylon, slated to release by the end of 2022.

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  • As bitter divorce lawsuits against ex Angelina Jolie rage on, Pitt appears to be reinventing his public persona – clean, sober, a loyal dad bigging up Shiloh’s viral dance moves
  • Just days before his debut sculpture exhibition, Pitt launched skincare line Le Domaine – inspired by 90s beau Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop – and is busy revamping the Château Miraval music studio