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Considering what a staple Brangelina has become in our pop culture, it's hard to believe that only a decade ago Angelina Jolie was actually half of Angelly Bob (or Billygelina, if you prefer). The actress was married to Billy Bob Thorton from 2000 to 2003 and, in a new interview airing Wednesday night (11:35 p.m.) on ABC's Nightline (via E! Online), Thornton admits that he "blew it" with his fifth wife.
"I didn't think I was good enough for her," he says. "She has one way she wanted to live her life, and I had another way to live mine -- and I was just too insecure."
It probably didn't help that the two of them got together at around the same time that Jolie's star was beginning to shine. Thorton, 56, was at a high point in his career right around the turn of the century thanks to roles in 1996's Sling Blade, 1998's Armageddon and 2001's Monster's Ball -- but Jolie, now 36, only came into her own after 1999's Pushing Tin, the movie on which she and Thorton met.
Thanks to an Oscar-nominated performance in 1999's Girl, Interrupted, and badass turns in the box-office hits Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Jolie became a bona fide star. And, according to Thorton, that put a serious strain on their marriage.
"When you're in a relationship, any two celebrities or whatever, you know, I think that puts on a lot of pressure," he says. "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."
Thornton even goes so far as to say that he felt "like the Phantom of the Opera, hiding in the catacombs" during his marriage to Jolie. "People have actually said that I didn't deserve to be with her," he adds.
Thankfully, the exes are both in a happy place now. Jolie is engaged to Brad Pitt, and the two have six children together. Thorton has been dating his partner Connie Angland since he and Jolie split in 2003, and the two of them have a child as well. In fact, Thorton promises that he and his ex-wife remain "good friends." As proof, Angie even wrote the introduction for Thornton's memoir The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts (which hit stores May 15).
"We had a great time together," Billy Bob says. "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."