I had a stifling upbringing: Brad Pitt

Updated: May 17, 2011, 14:49 PM IST

London: Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt says that he suffered "issues" during his early years because of his strict upbringing in a Christian household.

The 47-year-old actor, who himself raises six children now, said that his family`s religious beliefs were "stifling", reported Contactmusic.

"I got brought up being told things were God`s way, and when things didn`t work out it was called God`s plan. I`ve got my issues with it. Don`t get me started. I found it very stifling," said Pitt.

The Oscar nominated actor, who portrays the character of a stern and authoritative father in his upcoming film `The Tree of Life`, said he was initially hesitant to take up the role as he feared it may negatively affect his children.

"I think of everything I do now that my kids are going to see when they grow up and how are they going to feel. But they know me as a dad and I hope they`ll just think of me as a pretty damn good actor," added Pitt.

`The Curious Case of Benjamin Button` star raises adopted children Maddox, nine, Pax, seven, and six-year-old Zahara, as well as biological kids Shiloh, four, and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, with partner Angelina Jolie.