Brad Pitt Is Not Alone! Billy Bob Thornton Talks Being Married To Angelina Jolie: ‘I Never Felt Good Enough’
When it comes to breaking up with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt has plenty of company. Long before Brangelina was a thing, the Tomb Raider star was married to Billy Bob Thornton. While Jolie’s divorce drama with Pitt continues to play out, Thornton opened up about his former lover.
According to NY Daily News, Thornton explained why his short marriage with Jolie didn’t work out. Despite their crazy displays of affection – like wearing a vial of each other’s blood around their necks – the Fargo actor admitted that he always felt inferior in the relationship.
“I never felt like I was good enough for her,” Thornton revealed.
Thornton and Jolie first met while working on the 1999 movie, Pushing Tin. Their whirlwind romance led to a wedding in 2000, though their marriage wouldn’t last long. Thornton and Jolie were passionately in love, but their interests never matched up.
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Jolie enjoyed rubbing shoulders with world leaders and working for the United Nations. Thornton, on the other hand, was satisfied staying home and watching sports. Eventually, their different ambitions drove them apart.
“… I’m real uncomfortable around rich and important people,” Thornton explained.
That’s not to say that Thornton is unhappy with his personality. In fact, the actor never wanted to change himself or fit Jolie’s expectations. “I like who I am,” he added.
Thornton ultimately parted ways with Jolie in 2003, three years into their marriage. The divorce announcement came a few months after the coupled planned on adopting a kid from Cambodia. Thornton moved on with his life and is currently married to Connie Anglan, his sixth wife. The couple have a daughter together, Bella, and enjoy a quiet life away from the limelight.
According to Us Magazine, the Sling Blade star still has Jolie’s name tattooed on his leg. He also has her name on his arm, though it is partially concealed by another tattoo.
“See, it’s just resting there,” Thornton stated. “You can still see her name.”
Despite their divorce, Thornton and Jolie still communicate with each other and have remained friends.
Jolie went through with the adoption plans and brought Maddox into her home. Interestingly, the now 15-year-old boy became the center of her ugly split with Pitt following allegations that he was physically abusive.
Pitt has since been cleared of all the child abuse claims, though the couple’s six children remain in Jolie’s custody. Now that he is no longer under investigation, Pitt is seeking joint custody of the kids and continues to exercise his visitation rights.
“We can confirm that childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement and [that it was] signed by both sides over a week ago,” a Jolie rep explained in a statement. “In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visit with their father.”
The new agreement is only temporary as Brad Pitt formally filed for joint custody in court last week. Until the couple reaches an agreement in court, things will likely remain the same with Pitt only visiting the kids with a therapist in the room.
With the bad press behind him, CNN is reporting that Pitt made his first public appearance since the divorce and even shared a few words with the media. The actor stepped out on the red carpet for the premiere of his newest movie, Allied.
Pitt, who posed alongside co-star Marion Cotillard, took the time to chat with fans and sign autographs as he made his way along the red carpet. For his part, Pitt had nothing but good things to say about the support he received from fans in recent months.
“It’s really sweet, everyone’s been very kind out here,” he shared. “It’ nice to have the support.”
Allied centers on the story of an intelligence officer, played by Pitt, who falls for a French Resistance fighter, played by Cotillard, during World War II. In speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cotillard revealed that her role in Allied was a childhood dream come true.
“I’ve never had princess dreams when I was a kid, but I really wanted to be an actress, because I was a big fan of Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo and all the glamour of this era,” she said. “To be part of such a beautiful, strong, deep and yet glamorous movie, that’s my princess dream.”
For Pitt, his biggest struggle in the film was learning French, which he never quite mastered. “According to Marion, not so good,” Pitt said about his French. “I say I’m going to get this language, but it may take a lifetime.”
The premiere of Allied happened to fall on the same day that the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles cleared the actor of child abuse. The abuse allegedly occurred during a private plane ride and involved Pitt and his oldest son, Maddox.
Fans can watch Brad Pitt in action when Allied premieres in theaters on November 23, check out an extended preview below.
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