Brad Pitt says his health condition is a ‘mystery’ to him
While Brad Pitt hasn’t officially been diagnosed with the condition, known as prosopagnosia, the dad-of-six believes he has it. “Nobody believes me!” the 59-year-old told GQ Magazine. In an earlier interview, with Esquire in 2013, Brad revealed the challenges that come with face blindness. “So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them,” he said.
“Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I’ll say, ‘Thank you for helping me.’ But I p**s more people off.”
He continued: “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. I am going to get it tested.”
Prosopagnosia (i.e. face blindness) is a recognised health condition by the NHS.
While Brad Pitt hasn’t officially been diagnosed with the condition, known as prosopagnosia, the dad-of-six believes he has it.
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The health body said it’s “where you have difficulty recognising people’s face”.
To elaborate, the health body adds: “You’ll still see the parts of a face normally, but all faces may look the same to you.
“It affects people differently. Some people may not be able to tell the difference between strangers or people they do not know well.
“Others may not recognise the faces of friends and family or even their own face.”
Face blindness might also occur in a person who has Alzheimer’s disease or is suffering from inflammation in the brain.
Face Blind UK stated: “Many people are unaware that they have face blindness, usually being unaware that it exists as a specific neurological condition.”
As for Brad, he’s still managed a successful acting career despite face blindness.
Brad Pitt starred in Meet Joe Black, which is BBC One, Tuesday, March 28 at 10:40pm.
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