Brad Pitt Reveals He May Have Prosopagnosia. Here's What We Know So Far

Brad Pitt — America's eternal dream boat — recently gave an interview to GQ covering the collapse of his marriage to Angelina Jolie, his new approach toward life, and a revelation that he believes he suffers from a condition called prosopagnosia.

Prosopagnosia, also referred to as face-blindness, is a condition that prohibits you from recognizing people's faces (per United Kingdom National Health Service). There are two forms of face-blindness: acquired prosopagnosia, which occurs after brain injury, and developmental prosopagnosia, which is the result of simply not learning how to identify faces during early development. It is estimated that 1 in 50 people are affected by developmental prosopagnosia, despite earlier beliefs that the condition could only occur following a traumatic brain injury. Diagnosis of face blindness can be acquired through an assessment by a neuropsychologist. While Pitt has not been formally diagnosed, he believes he has the condition and insists it has had a profound impact on how he has moved through the world and how he has long been perceived by his peers (per GQ).

Living with prosopagnosia

Pitt told GQ that his condition has caused him a great deal of grief over the years, even exclaiming, "Nobody believes me!" He worries his inability to recall faces during social interactions has led people to write him off as aloof and self-absorbed. This is not the first time Pitt has mentioned this problem in an interview. In 2013, Pitt told Esquire, "So many people hate me because they think I'm disrespecting them."

As there is no specific treatment for prosopagnosia, people who live with it often try to rely on other identifiable markers like someone's voice, their hair, or a particular piece of clothing, as per Verywell Health. People with this condition are often afflicted with anxiety surrounding social situations and, as a result, may become withdrawn, avoiding awkward interactions that might get them in trouble. Therapy and anxiety medication is often recommended for people affected this way.