Thornton: How I 'Blew' Marriage to Jolie

Billy Bob opens up about Angelina on 'Nightline'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 16, 2012 10:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Billy Bob Thornton takes the blame for the failure of his marriage to Angelina Jolie in a new Nightline interview. “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,” he says. “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.”

He adds that when they first got together, he “was more famous than she was,” but she soon became “this big thing,” which was hard. But the two remained “good friends” after their three-year marriage ended in 2003, he says, and Jolie wrote the foreword to Thornton’s new book, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts. “We had a great time together,” he says. “We had a great marriage and I chickened out because I didn’t feel good enough. That’s all that happened. It was no big deal, we never hated each other.”

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.
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.   (Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie kisses her husband actor Billy Bob Thornton as they attend the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 20, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA.
Angelina Jolie kisses her husband actor Billy Bob Thornton as they attend the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 20, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA.   (Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and husband Billy Bob Thornton arrive at the premiere of the film 'Bandits' October 4, 2001 in Westwood, CA.
Angelina Jolie and husband Billy Bob Thornton arrive at the premiere of the film 'Bandits' October 4, 2001 in Westwood, CA.   (Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie 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 arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Original Sin' with her husband Billy Bob Thornton, in West Hollywood, CA, 31 July 2001.   (Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie 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 arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Original Sin' with her husband Billy Bob Thornton, in West Hollywood, CA, 31 July 2001.   (Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie shows off her new tattoo as she arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Gone in 60 Seconds' with her new husband actor/director Billy Bob Thornton in Los Angeles, 5 June 2000.
Angelina Jolie shows off her new tattoo as she arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Gone in 60 Seconds' with her new husband actor/director Billy Bob Thornton in Los Angeles, 5 June 2000.   (Getty Images)
Newly married Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie kiss at Jerry''s Famous Deli June 3, 2000 in Studio City, CA.
Newly married Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie kiss at Jerry''s Famous Deli June 3, 2000 in Studio City, CA.   (Getty Images)
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