Fans were surprised to see Brad Pitt at a Hollywood charity event with bruises and cuts on his face this past weekend (April 25) – but the father of six put them at ease. Brad explained that his injuries were the result of a hazardous attempt to mount the stairs in the dark in flip flops.
“This is what happens when you run up steps in the dark, with your arms full, wearing flip flops,” Brad explained via a spokesperson. “Turns out if you then try to stop forward momentum with your face, the result is road rash.
“Regardless, I wasn’t going to miss the Autism Speaks benefit the night after – wonderful people and I was honoured to be a part of this important event.”
The 51-year-old appeared on stage to address the crowd of 3,000 people at the third annual Light Up the Blues concert in support of Autism Speaks charity. He later showed his charitable side by placing the winning bid of $23,000 on a Fender guitar signed by all the performers at the concert.
The annual event was established in 2013 by musician Stephen Stills and his wife Kristen, who have a son with autism. Other stars to attend included Jack Black who presented the event, and Neil Young, who joined his old bandmate Stephen for a special performance.
Brad has been based in New Orleans in recent weeks to work on his new film Big Short, which he is both starring in and producing alongside an A-List cast including Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carrell.
No doubt the actor enjoyed the opportunity to be reunited with his wife Angelina Jolie and their six children during his return to Los Angeles. Angelina was seen flying into LAX with their eldest son Maddox and her brother James Haven on Sunday following her appearance at the United Nations Security Council Meeting in New York.