By FactsWow Team
Posted on: 24 Jun, 2022
Brad Pitt has claimed that his reputation for being aloof and self-absorbed stems from an undiagnosed medical condition.
According to GQ, the Oscar winner may suffer from prosopagnosia, also known as “face blindness.” The National Institutes of Health define prosopagnosia as a neurological disorder that causes an inability to comprehend faces.
Pitt stated that he wishes he could remember people’s faces and feels “ashamed” when he can’t. “No one believes me!” he exclaimed to the magazine.
According to the NIH, depending on the severity of the disorder, people may have difficulty recognizing a familiar face or distinguishing a look from an object. According to the Prosopagnosia Research center, one in every fifty people has the disorder.
A stroke or a brain injury can cause prosopagnosia, or it can develop at birth as a genetic condition. According to the National Institutes of Health, children born with prosopagnosia “never had a time when they could recognize faces.”
Pitt has previously expressed interest in having prosopagnosia. In a 2013 interview with Esquire, he admitted to offending people due to difficulty remembering people’s faces.
Pitt told Esquire that year that he wanted to be tested for prosopagnosia, and Carnegie Mellon offered to have his brain imaged and examined by a neuroscientist.
“So many people despise me because they believe I am disrespecting them,” Pitt explained in 2013. “But, man, it’s a mystery to me. I can’t draw a face and yet I’m interested in design and aesthetics. I’m going to have it tested.”
Throughout his lengthy career, Pitt has maintained a reputation for being “cool,” but he has been embroiled in controversies following his divorce from actress Angelina Jolie.
In 2016, Jolie accused Pitt of child abuse. Pitt was later cleared of child abuse allegations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Pitt admitted to having an alcohol problem after his divorce and has been sober for nearly six years.
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