Billy Bob Thornton says he 'never felt good enough' for ex-wife Angelina Jolie, still keeps in touch with actress

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Billy Bob Thornton is opening up about his three-year marriage to Angelina Jolie as the 41-year-old actress is in the midst of a divorce from Brad Pitt.

The 61-year-old actor married Jolie, who is 20 years his junior, in 2000 after the two met on set of the 1999 movie, Pushing Tin. They separated in June 2002 and divorced the following year.

"I never felt good enough for her," Thornton tells November issue of GQ magazine. The Oscar winner says Jolie's high-profile life wasn't his speed, and that he's "real uncomfortable around rich and important people."

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That being said, Thornton adds that he's still friends with his ex-wife and speaks to her every few months.

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Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton arriving for the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California January 20, 2002 (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton arrive at the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton January 20, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton during 'Tomb Raider' London Premiere at Leicester Square in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton during 'Tomb Raider' London Premiere at Leicester Square in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie join John Trudell backstage after his concert to celebrate the release of his album'Bone Days'.Angelina exec-produced the album. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton during 'Bandits' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton during 'Bandits' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton during 'Bandits' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton during 'Original Sin' Los Angeles Premiere at DGA Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton during 'Original Sin' Los Angeles Premiere at DGA Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thortnon at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Cast member Angelina Jolie and husband Billy Bob Thornton at the 'Original Sin' premiere held at DGA Theater in Los Angeles, CA., Tues., July 31, 2001. (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 03: Actors Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton attend the premiere of Tomb Raider on July 03, 2001 at the Empire in Leicester Sq, London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Billy Bob Thornton visits Angelina Jolie on the set of ' Life or Something Like it ' (Photo by Tom Kingston/WireImage)
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Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton during 'Gone in 60 Seconds' Los Angeles Premiere at National Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by S. Granitz/WireImage)
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In 2014, the actor told The Hollywood Reporterthat he was "not fond" of that "crazy time" when he was married to Jolie, which included wearing vials of each other's blood around their necks. "Vial of blood is very simple," he explained. "You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your grannie in and wear it around your neck? She bought two of those. We were apart a lot because she's off making Tomb Raider and I'm making Monster's Ball. She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razor blade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear your son or daughter's baby hair in one. Same thing."

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After her split with Thornton, Jolie struck up a relationship with Pitt after meeting him on set of their 2005 film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In September of this year, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after two years of marriage and 11 years together. Just this week, the 52-year-old actor was cleared of child abuse allegations by Department of Child and Family Services.

In a statement to ET, Jolie's rep said the mother of six was "relieved" that the investigation had concluded, and that her focus has always been the health of the family.

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