Inside Brad Pitt’s years-long battle with face blindness

The Hollywood star shared fears people would think he was ‘aloof’ and self-absorbed’ (Picture: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner)

Brad Pitt has opened up further on his battle with a facial recognition disorder, shedding light on the condition, which is thought to affect as many as one in 50 people.

The actor said that ‘nobody believes him’ when he says he struggles with face blindness, which is formally known as prosopagnosia.

Prosopagnosia sufferers cannot recognise people’s faces, and for many this even includes partners, family members and close friends.

It is thought to affect those with the condition for most, if not all, of their life, and is often something people are born with, although it can be acquired later in life following brain damage.

Brad, who also said he felt he was on the ‘last leg’ of his career after nearly 40 years, has not been formally diagnosed but believes he has suffered with the issue for a long time.

He shared his fear in a recent interview that his lack of ability to recognise people by their faces might form an impression of him being ‘remote and aloof, inaccessible, self-absorbed’.

Brad has not been formally diagnosed with prosopagnosia, but revealed he has been struggling to recognise people’s faces for years (Picture: Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)

He told GQ magazine: ‘Nobody believes me! I wanna meet another [person with the prosopagnosia].’

The Oscar-nominated star previously spoke about his experience with face blindness in a 2013 interview with Esquire, admitting that he thought ‘so many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them’ when he failed to recognise them upon subsequent meetings.

Brad then took to asking people where he had met them before but said that it ‘just got worse’.

‘People were more offended. Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I’ll say, “Thank you for helping me.” But I p*ss more people off.

He will next star in the thriller Bullet Train, out later this year (Picture: Sony Pictures/Backgrid)

‘You get this thing, like, “You’re being egotistical. You’re being conceited.”

‘But it’s a mystery to me, man. I can’t grasp a face and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view.’

The Ad Astra actor and producer then revealed that he had stopped going out as much due to his issues, but still struggled due to the nature of his fame and the industry in which he works.

‘You meet so many damned people. And then you meet ’em again.’

Stephen Fry is another celebrity that struggles with the disorder (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex)

Other famous people believed to have been officially diagnosed with prosopagnosia include comedian and writer Stephen Fry, anthropologist Jane Goodall and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Those with the condition have other strategies they use to cope with identifying people, which include the way they walk, their hairstyle, voice or clothing.

However, meeting people in unfamiliar locations can complicate these tactics.

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