Saturday 15 December 2018

Billy Bob Thornton reflects on Angelina Jolie marriage: 'I look at that as a great time'

US actress Angelina Jolie (L) arrives at the premiere of her new film
US actress Angelina Jolie (L) arrives at the premiere of her new film "Original Sin" with her husband Billy Bob Thornton, in West Hollywood, CA, 31 July 2001
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton.
Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 58th annual Golden Globes January 21, 2001 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton attend the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 20, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton attend the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 20, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2001
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton arrive for the premiere of "Tomb Raider" July 03, 2001 in London. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2002
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2001
Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton were married for three years in the noughties
Angelina Jolie (L) with Billy Bob Thornton in 2001

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Billy Bob Thornton's marriage to Angelina Jolie was a "great time".

The 62-year-old actor was wed to the 'Malificent' actress - who has Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with estranged husband Brad Pitt - from 2000 to 2003 and though they are no longer together, the 'Goliath' star still considers his ex-wife a friend.

Speaking on the 'HFPA In Conversation' podcast, he said: "I look at that time as a great time.

"Angie is still a friend of mine and she's a great person and she's done so much. 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."

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2002
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2002

The former couple famously wore necklaces containing vials of each other's blood, but Billy Bob - who has 13-year-old daughter Bella with wife Connie Angland - insists their relationship wasn't "crazy" and many factors of their romance were "exaggerated" in public.

He said: "A lot of the things they said about us at the time were exaggerated. It wasn't as crazy as people wrote about it.

"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.' 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."

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton attend the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 20, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton attend the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 20, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

The 'Fargo' star thinks he and Angelina could have still been together if their "lifestyles" weren't so different, with the 43-year-old beauty favouring travel, while he prefers to be at home.

He said: "We just had different lifestyles. Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an agoraphobic lifestyle.

"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."

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2001
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton in 2001

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