Billy Bob Thornton Tells Nightline He Blew Marriage With Jolie By Being Insecure
SMH @ this guy not being able to deal with his wife’s looks and career overshadowing his…
“I blew it because I didn’t think I was good enough for her,” Jolie’s ex-husband told “Nightline” Tuesday night. “She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine and I was just too insecure.”
The quirky couple, who met in 1999 while co-starring in “Pushing Tin,” married in 2000 before calling it quits three years later.
At the time, both were Oscar winners and Thornton had more fame than the “Girl, Interrupted” actress.
But when Jolie, now 36, played the lead role in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” the tables turned — and Thornton, 56, found that he couldn’t keep up.
“When you’re in a relationship, any two celebrities or whatever, you know, I think that puts on a lot of pressure,” he said in the interview. “When Angie and I got married, during that time, I was more famous than she was to start with and then when she becomes this big thing, it’s hard in these relationships.”
While they were married, the couple became tabloid fodder with reports that they wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks and even had a “dungeon” where they engaged in wild sex acts.
The reality, Thornton said, was that the two had a strong connection, but one that was doomed to fail because he “chickened out.”
“I did feel like the Phantom of the Opera hiding in the catacombs,” he admitted. “People have actually said that I didn’t deserve to be with her.”
Now, Jolie is happily engaged to Brad Pitt, 48, and Thornton said they are still “good friends.”
“We had a great marriage and I chickened out because I didn’t feel good enough,” he said. “That’s all that happened. It was no big deal, we never hated each other.”
Sad for him, but she probably wasn’t too much sleep over it once
she homewrecked Brad Pitt’s marriage fell apart and he landed in her lap.