London: Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt had a strict Christian upbringing and thus suffered "issues" during his early years.

According to a website report, the 47-year-old actor, who himself raises six children now, said that his family's religious beliefs were "Stifling".
   
"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 know 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.

(Agencies)