These days, Brad Pitt is known to work tirelessly in every sphere of his life, committed to his craft, his family and his philanthropy. But it wasn't always so, People reports.
The star can recall a time, not so long ago, when he was adrift -- unable to find a focus, and wasting his life pursuing the wrong things.
Until one day, he decided to do something about it.
"I spent years [expletive] off," Pitt, 49, tells Esquire in its June/July issue, on newsstands May 31. "But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago."
He adds: "It was an epiphany -- a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what's the point?"
At the time, he was scared it might be too late. He was reaching 40, and had been through years of hard living in search of an elusive high.
"For a long time I thought I did too much damage -- drug damage," he says. "I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing."
In the decade since, he's become a new man with a new life. He split from wife Jennifer Aniston in 2005 and soon started a family with Angelina Jolie. They now have six children, and Pitt speaks of them, as usual, in reverent tones -- almost as if they saved his life.
"I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big," he says. "There's constant chatter in our house, whether it's giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they're gone. I hate it. Maybe it's nice to be in a hotel room for a day -- 'Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.' But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life."
Eminem's song publisher is suing Facebook and an ad agency, saying they copied music from one of the rapper's songs, The Associated Press reports.
Eight Mile Style filed a federal lawsuit in Detroit on Monday, alleging that a Facebook ad that was broadcast online last month copied music from Eminem's 2000 song "Under the Influence."
The Detroit Free Press reports the 30-second ad was featured in a webcast by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to announce Facebook Home, an interface for Android phones.
The complaint says ad agency Wieden+Kennedy of Portland, Ore., copied Eminem's music "in an effort to curry favor" with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg's personal likes and to "invoke the same irreverent theme" of the song.
nApparently, Jay-Z was in a generous state of mind.
That's because Beyonce's husband gave college basketball star Skylar Diggins a brand new Mercedes in honor of her graduation from Notre Dame.
"Got surprised with a new Mercedes! Thanks so much to Jay and @rocnation and @dancyautogroup!," the All-America hoops guard tweeted along with an Instagram pic of her new wheels.
It certainly helped that Diggins was among the first athletes to be signed to Jay-Z's newly formed sports management agency, Roc Nation Sports. And she's definitely excited about the partnership.
Diggins was recently drafted third overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft and will be playing next season for the Tulsa Shock.
The emotional toll of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's latest breakup became a logistical one Sunday, as the actor was photographed apparently leaving his longtime love's Los Angeles home with a pickup truck full of his belongings.
His two dogs rode shotgun, as an expressionless Pattinson, 27, in a red cap, sunglasses and increasingly scruffy beard, drove away from Stewart's Los Feliz house.
It's been a speedy spiral down for the "Twilight" actors in recent weeks. Having reconciled after Stewart, 23, had a fling last summer with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, they hit a rough patch earlier this month after they returned from a trip to New York.
They began spending more time at their separate homes, a source told People, and were apart for his 27th birthday on May 13, even though they were both in town at the time.