Billy Bob Thornton blames insecurities for divorce with Angelina Jolie

Thornton felt he "blew it" with Jolie

WRITTEN BY: Kara Menini
Billy Bob Thornton
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Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton has written a book that includes the reasons for his and ex-wife Angelina Jolie’s divorce almost a decade ago. “The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts,” tells of the insecurities Billy Bob Thornton felt when he was married to the then up-and-coming “Girl, Interrupted” actress.

Billy Bob Thornton told ABC that he “blew it” with Jolie.  “I didn’t think I was good enough for her. She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine and I was just too insecure,” Billy Bob Thornton said.

Although the famous couple had been so dedicated to one another, even to go as far as wearing a vile of each other’s blood as jewelry, they were only married from 2000 until 2003. Billy Bob Thornton said, “When you’re in a relationship, any two celebrities or whatever, you know, I think that puts on a lot of pressure. When Angie and I got married, during that time, I was more famous than she was to start with and then she becomes this big thing, it’s hard in these relationships.” He continued, “I did feel like the Phantom of the Opera hiding in the catacombs…People have actually said that I didn’t deserve to be with her.”

Billy Bob Thornton took responsibility for his failed marriage, which is something that is hardly ever seen with celebrities and civilians alike. “We had a great time together,” Billy Bob Thornton said. “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.” This statement is not only proved by the fact that they still remain friends, but it can be seen in Jolie’s forward for his upcoming memoir.

Angelina Jolie wrote, “Some people walk through life able to quiet the voices in their heads. He can’t. And I, and everyone else who knows him well, we love him for it. I know one thing: The world would certainly be a hell of a lot more dull if that man weren’t in it.”

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