Billy Bob Thornton Talks Angelina Jolie Split: ‘I Never Felt Good Enough for Her’

Before there was Brangelina! Billy Bob Thornton opened up about his relationship with ex-wife Angelina Jolie in GQ, explaining why they weren’t a perfect match.

"I never felt good enough for her,” the Bad Santa 2 actor, 61, told GQ. He revealed that her enduring passion for global politics and humanitarian causes — apparent during their marriage, which lasted from 2000 to 2003 — clashed with his easygoing lifestyle. Thornton preferred to stay at home or watch a baseball game.

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
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While he could handle her busy schedule of charitable events, the Boxmasters frontman said the bigger problem was that he was uneasy around her A-list friends. “I’m real uncomfortable around rich and important people,” he said. The Sling Blade actor explained that he doesn’t know how to act in a fancy setting, but that’s OK with him. “I like how I am,” he said.

Thornton still has a tattoo of Jolie’s name on his leg that he’s never bothered to have removed and one on his arm that’s partially covered by an angel. “See, it’s just resting there,” he said. “You can still see the name.” During the pair’s brief but intense relationship, they famously wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks and told press at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards that they had sex in the limo on the way there.

The exes are still friendly and talk every few months, although the Maleficent actress, 41, is busy these days with her six children Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10 and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8, whom she shares with estranged husband Brad Pitt.

As Us Weekly has reported, Jolie and Pitt are currently going through a divorce battle. Jolie’s rep previously told Us on November 7 that the children will remain in her custody for the meantime, while Pitt, who has joint legal custody, will have 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,” her rep said. “In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father.” 

However, a legal source tells Us that the custody agreement was just an extension of the pair’s temporary, voluntary parenting plan. “This doesn’t make sense in light of the fact that Brad filed for joint custody on Friday,” the source said.

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