Actor Billy Bob Thornton married actress Angelina Jolie in 2003. Their marriage only lasted 3 years, but even now, 12 years later, their relationship is still a topic of discussion.
Billy Bob Thornton had been through 4 previous marriages and was 20 years older than Angelina Jolie when they tied the knot. Due to their status in Hollywood and their age difference, their marriage was all the paparazzi could talk about at the time.
Despite their short time together as a married couple, Billy Bob had nothing but good things to say about his former wife. “I look at that time as a great time, ‘cause, you know, Angie is still a friend of mine and she’s a great person,” Thornton said.
As to why their marriage didn’t last, Thornton said it’s because “they just had different lifestyles. Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an agoraphobic lifestyle.” Thornton believes that is the only reason they aren’t still together.
Thornton also addressed the little infamous vials that each wore on a necklace around their neck. “By the time it came out in the press, it sounded like we were wearing a bucket of blood around our necks,” Thornton said.
Thornton said that in reality, “the necklaces were a very simple thing. Hey let’s poke our finger with a pin and smear a little on there, and when we’re away from each other, we’ll wear the necklace.” Though most people find that behavior odd and even disturbing, at the time Jolie thought it was "romantic."
A lot can happen in 12 years. Since Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie divorced, Billy Bob has found love again, marrying Connie Angland in 2014 after dating her for 11 years. Angelina Jolie famously paired with Brad Pitt, marrying him in 2014 as well.