Brad Pitt may be ... well, Brad Pitt ... but that doesn't mean his life isn't complicated.

In the new issue of Esquire magazine, the 49-year-old actor admits he's a little bit of a loner and has some trouble when it comes to forming friendships.

"I have very few friends," he tells Esquire. "I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven't known life to be any happier. I'm making things. I just haven't known life to be any happier."

In actuality Pitt, who has six children -- Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne -- with his fiancee Angelina Jolie, 37, always wanted a big brood to fill that empty space.

"I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. I wanted there to be chaos in the house," Pitt shares, adding, "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," he continues. "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."

Before all the "chaos," Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston -- they divorced in 2005 after he met Jolie on the set of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" -- and has admitted in the past that he was his own worst enemy. Not only did he dabble in drugs, but he let his dreams and goals drift away from him. Pitt even confesses that he was just one paper away from earning his college degree.

"I'd get so far and then want to do something else. I mean, I'm two credits short of graduating college. Two credits. All I had to do was write a paper. What kind of guy is that?" he asks. "That guy scares me –- the guy who always leaves a little on his plate."

"For a long time I thought I did too much damage -– drug damage. 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," Pitt adds to Esquire. "I spent years f**king off. 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. It was an epiphany -– a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what’s the point?"

Read more in the June/July issue of Esquire magazine, on newsstands May 28.

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  • In this Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, actress Angelina Jolie, right, and actor Brad Pitt arrive before the 84th Academy Awards, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. At the London Olympics, away from the track and field, Hollywood royalty such as Pitt and Jolie will be rubbing shoulders with diplomats and businessmen at the city's glitziest clubs and grandest historic buildings. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

  • Actor Ben Mendelsohn, left, actor Vincent Curatola, director Andrew Dominik, actor Brad Pitt, producer Dede Gardner and actor James Gandolfini attend a special screening of "Killing Them Softly" hosted by The Cinema Society, Men's Health and DeLeon at the SVA Theater on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

  • This publicity file photo provided by Warner Bros. shows Casey Affleck, left, and Brad Pitt in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." (AP Photo/Warner Bros./Kimberley French, File)

  • This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Brad Pitt in a scene from "Killing Them Softly." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Melinda Sue Gordon)

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  • Executive Producer Brad Pitt attends 'The House I Live In' Los Angeles Screening at Sundance Cinema on October 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

  • US actor Brad Pitt, left, waves as he walks through the exhibition documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany, Friday, June 15, 2012. Pitt paid a short visit to the exhibition on Thursday and Friday. (AP Photo/dapd, Andreas Fischer)

  • Actor Brad Pitt departs following the screening of Killing Them Softly at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

  • Actor Brad Pitt, left, surrounded by the photographers as he departs following the screening of Killing Them Softly at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

  • Actors Ray Liotta, left, Ben Mendelsohn, centre, and Brad Pitt arrive for the screening of Killing Them Softly at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

  • Actor Brad Pitt, centre signs an autograph during a press conference for Killing Them Softly at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

  • Director Andrew Dominik, left actor Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, partially seen, and actor Gustave Kervern pose during a photo call for Killing Them Softly at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

  • In this March 3, 2012 file photo, actor Brad Pitt arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of the play "8" in Los Angeles. Chanel announced Wednesday, May 9, that Pitt will star in an upcoming ad campaign for its signature women's scent. Previously the French-based house had used other famous names as its models, including Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

  • In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, actress Angelina Jolie, right, and actor Brad Pitt arrive before the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Pitt’s manager Cynthia Pett-Dante confirmed their engagement on Friday April 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)

  • Actor Brad Pitt, left, and actor George Clooney arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of the play "8" in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

  • Actor Brad Pitt, left, and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson clap during the curtain call at the Los Angeles premiere of the play "8" in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

  • In this publicity image released by Fox Searchlight films, Brad Pitt, left, and Laramie Eppler are shown in a scene from "The Tree of Life." For the first time in the three years since Oscar organizers expanded the best-picture category to more than five films, there's not a single blockbuster in the running. “The Tree of Life” took in a slim $13.3 million domestically. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Merie Wallace)

  • US actor Brad Pitt, arrives at a gala premiere in Sarajevo, Bosnia Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. He is in Sarajevo for the screening of the film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

  • U.S. actress and director Angelina Jolie, right, and her husband actor Brad Pitt arrive for the screening of her movie "In The Land of Blood and Honey", Paris, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

  • US actress Angelina Jolie, left, and actor Brad Pitt attend the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony during the 62 Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Getty Images for Cinema for Peace, Pascal Le Segretain)

  • From left U.S. director and actress Angelina Jolie, arrives with her partner, U.S. actor Brad Pitt for the Cinema For Peace fund raising gala in Berlin Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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