Long before Angelina Jolie met Brad Pitt and formed Brangelina with him, she was the partner of Billy Bob Thornton. For a brief period the two of them were the wildest, most scandalous pair in Hollywood, but their marriage eventually came to an end. And now, many years after the couple’s 2003 divorce, Thornton has spoken about why the union didn’t work out.
Ever since the 1980s, Thornton has had an extremely successful acting career. In 1992 he played the baddie in One False Move, a widely acclaimed movie that constituted something of a breakthrough for him. A few years later he starred in Sling Blade, which he also wrote and directed. For that, Thornton gained an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination for Best Actor.
But Thornton’s personal life was less straightforward than his acting career. Between 1978 and 1992, he had five marriages which ended in divorce. His first wife was Melissa Lee Gatlin, and after that came a string of fellow celebrities: actresses Toni Lawrence and Cynda Williams and then Playboy model Pietra Dawn Cherniak.