Most people were of the opinion that Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie were an odd match during their three-year marriage. Unfortunately, Billy Bob was one of those people, and it pretty much ruined everything. “She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine,” Thornton tells ABC’s Nightline in an episode set to air tonight. “I was just too insecure.” Of course, the non-stop gossip about the couple’s 20-year age difference and, uh, relative attractiveness didn’t help matters either. According to The Informers actor, he felt “like the Phantom of the Opera hiding in the catacombs” compared to Jolie. “People actually said that I didn’t deserve to be with her,” Billy Bob shares. Oh boy…were we one of those people? Jeez, we’re sorry. All those Phantom of the Opera jokes were just too good to pass up!
This kind of explains why Thornton and Jolie are shockingly amicable for ex-spouses. Angie penned the introduction to Billy Bob’s recent memoir, in which she praises him, saying “He has an unmatchable wit and can make you laugh until your face hurts.” Similarly Billy Bob lauded Jolie when she was directing her first film In the Land of Blood and Honey. “She’s real smart, and very creative, and I think it’s a great job for her,” he said. Admits Thornton in his interview, “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.” We can’t help but feel partially responsible for this…which means we are kind of partially responsible for Angie ending up with Brad Pitt. You’re welcome, everyone! Except Billy Bob! Again, so sorry about that!
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