Before Angelina Jolie was a a globe hopping, kid-adopting humanitarian, she was the young wife of actor Billy Bob Thornton, and the pair famously wore necklaces sporting vials of their partner’s blood.
But Jolie’s marriage to Billy Bob Thornton- one of two marriages prior to her relationship with now-fiancee Brad Pitt- did not work out. (Jolie was also married to Trainspotting star Jonny Lee Miller.) Although the duo were high on (public) passion, the union ultimately ended- and in a new book and interview, Thornton takes a lot of responsibility in the relationship’s dissolution.
It takes a lot of chutzpah and self-assurance to admit one’s own mistakes in a failed relationship, and Billy Bob Thornton shows a lot of character in his blunt and brutal assessment of the end of his marriage to Jolie. While many Hollywood stars (or, those that are called upon to do a relationship post-mortem in the public eye) default to excuses about “growing apart” or career demands, Thornton is uniquely reflective in his admission, saying:
“I blew it because I didn’t think I was good enough for her. She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine and I was just too insecure.”
Thornton continues, describing a feeling of being undeserving of Jolie’s affections:
“I did feel like the Phantom of the Opera hiding in the catacombs… People have actually said that I didn’t deserve to be with her.”
Thornton made the remarks on Nightline ahead of the release of his memoir, “The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts.”