‘We just had dif­fer­ent lifestyles’

Billy Bob Thorn­ton re­veals real rea­son he and An­gelina Jolie split

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Billy Bob Thorn­ton has opened up about the end of his mar­riage to An­gelina Jolie, re­veal­ing the stars di­vorced be­cause they were on dif­fer­ent paths.

The ac­tors ended their twoyear mar­riage in 2003 amid re­ports sug­gest­ing Thorn­ton didn’t want to be­come a dad to Jolie’s adopted son Mad­dox, but now he in­sists that wasn’t the case — the for­mer cou­ple just had dif­fer­ent goals.

Ex­plain­ing there are no hard feel­ings be­tween the for­mer lovers, Billy Bob tells the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion’s HFPA in Con­ver­sa­tion pod­cast, “Angie is still a friend of mine and she’s a great per­son and she’s done so much. She makes movies that are im­por­tant to her whether they suc­ceed or fail, she still does what she be­lieves in and

I’ll al­ways re­spect her for that.

“I re­mem­ber our time together has re­ally been great (sic),” he adds. “We just had dif­fer­ent lifestyles. Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an ago­ra­pho­bic lifestyle ... That’s the only rea­son we’re prob­a­bly not still together.”

The cou­ple was known for its bizarre an­tics, in­clud­ing wear­ing each other’s blood in pen­dants around their necks, but Thorn­ton in­sists many of the sto­ries about them were “ex­ag­ger­ated.”

“We had so much fun,” he adds. “A lot of the things they said about us at the time were ex­ag­ger­ated. It wasn’t as crazy as peo­ple wrote about it, you know what I mean?”

“The neck­laces were a very sim­ple thing: ‘Hey, let’s poke our fin­gers with a pen and smear a lit­tle blood on there, and when we’re away from each other we’ll wear the neck­lace,’ ” he con­tin­ues. “It 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 went on to wed her now­es­tranged hus­band Brad Pitt in 2014, while Thorn­ton is now mar­ried to Connie Ang­land.

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