In a revealing interview, iconoclastic Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton has opened up about the insecurities he blames for his failed marriage to actress Angelina Jolie.
“I blew it because I didn’t think I was good enough for her,” he told “Nightline.” “She had one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine, and I was just too insecure.”
In addition to intimate details from his childhood in Arkansas and successful acting career, Thornton’s new book, “The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts,” delves into his tumultuous history with women, including his famous relationship with Jolie.
The two stars married in 2000 after sharing the screen in “Pushing Tin” the year before. At that point, they were also sharing mutual success as Oscar winners, but Jolie’s career soon skyrocketed after her starring role in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in 2001.
“When you’re in a relationship, any two celebrities…I think that puts on a lot of pressure,” Thornton said. “When Angie and I got married…I was more famous than she was to start with, and then when she becomes this big thing, it’s hard in these relationships.”
While everyone remembers the couple’s wild reputation, Thornton, 56, explained that the media’s favorite rumors—like the alleged vials of blood they wore around their necks—became exaggerated.
“[Jolie] bought these clear lockets, they were little bitty things,” he said. “Angie and I literally poked each other in the finger with a pin and rubbed a little bit of it on that locket. When we were apart, it was a symbolic thing to do.”
Jolie and Thornton have remained friends since their marriage ended in 2003. She even authored the forward to his book, which included charming anecdotes from their days together.
“We had a great marriage and I chickened out because I didn’t feel good enough,” he said. “That’s all that happened. It was no big deal. We never hated each other.”
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