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
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)

(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.”

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May 16, 2012 9:57 PM CDT
I remember Billy Bob saying, just after the divorce, that sex with Jolie was like banging a hole in a couch. Ouch.
May 16, 2012 1:20 PM CDT
Translation: "Hey everybody, remember me? I used to bang Angelina Jolie!"
May 16, 2012 12:31 PM CDT
I was in a mechanics shop years ago when they were married and on the cover of People magazine, and the mechanic picks up the magazine on the counter and points to Billy Bob and then Angelina, and says, "How did that get with that?" I laughed and said I was thinking the same thing.