Billy Bob Thornton recently opened up about his marriage to Angelina Jolie, the main reason it didn’t work out, and the truth about those infamous blood necklaces they wore at the time.
The “Goliath” star, who was married to Jolie from 2000 to 2003, told the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s "HFPA in Conversation" podcast, “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.”
Billy Bob said it didn’t work out for the pair because they live “different lifestyles.”
He put it this way, “Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an agoraphobic lifestyle. So, that’s really… the only reason we’re probably still not together, you know, ‘cause [it was] just a different path and life we wanted to take.”
The 62-year-old went on to say that much of what was reported about their relationship was “exaggerated,” including stories about their blood necklaces.
Thornton explained, “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.’ That was that easy, but by the time it came out in the press, it sounded like we were wearing a bucket of blood around our necks.”
Jolie played down the reports too, telling Entertainment Weekly in 2008, “It was like a flower press. It was like from a slight cut on your finger and you press your fingerprint in.”
The Oscar winner insisted, “It was kind of a sweet gesture. I thought it was kind of romantic! I still love him dearly and think the world of him, and I’m proud to have been his wife for a time.”