In a tell-all interview on the HFPA in Conversation podcast, the Bad Santa star got candid about his notorious marriage to the brunette beauty.
“I look at that time as a great time,” Thornton, 62, said about his 200-2003 marriage to Jolie, 43.
“Angie is still a friend of mine and she’s a great person and she’s done so much,” he added. “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.”
As RadarOnline.com readers recall, the actors sparked controversy when it was revealed they both wore necklaces that contained each other’s blood.
“A lot of the things they said about us at the time were exaggerated,” Thornton explained. “It wasn’t as crazy as people wrote about it.”
“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 added. “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.”
Radar readers know that in 2003, Jolie and Brad Pitt fell in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The actress divorced Thornton and Pitt, 54, divorced Jennifer Aniston, only to flaunt their own romance weeks later.
Speaking of why he and Jolie split after just three years of marriage, Thornton said: “We just had different lifestyles. Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an agoraphobic lifestyle.”
“So that’s really, that’s the only reason we’re probably not still together, maybe. There was a different path in life we wanted to take,” he added with a laugh.
While Thornton is now married to puppeteer Connie Angland—whom he shares one daughter with—he admitted in a 2016 interview that he “never felt good enough” for Jolie.
He claimed that despite his many years in Hollywood he feels “real uncomfortable around rich and important people,” and he was never going to change for anyone.
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