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Billy Bob Thornton explains why it didn’t work out with ex, Angelina Jolie

Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie’s second husband, in a recent interview candidly spoke about their marriage and the controversy surrounding it.

hollywood Updated: Jun 14, 2018 15:04 IST
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Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton were married from 2000 to 2003.(Shutterstock)

Amid all the hullabaloo surrounding her separation from Brad Pitt, little attention was paid to Angelina Jolie’s previous marriage, to actor Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton spoke candidly about their relationship in a recent podcast appearance, and said that he looks back on that phase with fondness.

“Angie is still a friend of mine and she’s a great person and she’s done so much,” he said. “She makes movies that are important to her whether they succeed or fail, she still does what she believes in and I’ll always respect her for that.” The two were married from 2000 to 2003.

Thornton said that the publicity their relationship attracted was blown out of proportion. “A lot of the things they said about us at the time were exaggerated,” he said, adding, “It wasn’t as crazy as people wrote about it.”

He spoke about their most infamous moment together, when they were spotted wearing a vial of each other’s blood on necklaces.

Thornton currently stars in the lead role of Amazon’s legal drama, Goliath. Jolie is currently filming Maleficent 2. ( Shutterstock )

“The necklaces were a very simple thing, ‘Hey let’s poke our fingers with a pen and smear a little blood on there and when we’re away from each other we’ll wear the necklace,’ ” he said. “It was that easy. But by the time it came out in the press it sounded like we were wearing a bucket of blood around our necks.”

But he said that in the end, the marriage failed because they had different lifestyle, which is similar to the reports that have emerged surrounding Jolie’s separation and subsequent custody battle with Pitt.

“We just had different lifestyles. Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an agoraphobic lifestyle,” Thornton said, adding that he ‘never felt good enough for her,’ and was ‘real uncomfortable around rich and important people.”

“So that’s really, that’s the only reason we’re probably not still together, maybe. There was a different path in life we wanted to take.”

Thornton currently stars in the lead role of Amazon’s legal drama, Goliath. Jolie is currently filming Maleficent 2 in London and Pitt is scheduled to begin work on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood later this month in Los Angeles.

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First Published: Jun 14, 2018 15:04 IST