Billy Bob Thornton Opens Up About Blood Vial Pendants With Angelina Jolie
Billy Bob Thornton recently opened up about the infamous blood vials that he and then-wife Angelina Jolie used to wear around their necks during the height of their romance.
Billy Bob Thornton On Blood Vials
Thornton weighed in on the time in pop culture history when he and Jolie's relationship was scrutinized and picked apart for tabloid fodder. One of the most memorable stories of the time had to do with the vials of each others' blood the couple proudly wore around their necks. Though Thornton admits it was a "crazy time," he says that the necklaces were sensationalized.
"I mean it was a crazy time. I've never been fond of it," the actor told The Hollywood Reporter. "[The] vial of blood is very simple. 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 razorblade 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," he explained. "Same thing. From that, we were wearing quart jars of blood around our necks. And we were vampires and we lived in a dungeon."
Another rumor that circled around Thornton and Jolie, who were together from 1995 to 2003, was that they had a dungeon in the home they shared. Thornton admits that he did say the word "dungeon," but that it was taken completely out of context. "I mean, it had some basis in fact. We had a basement which I had a recording studio in. So when I tell a journalist I stay down in the dungeon all the time, you know, recording music," Thornton revealed. "They don’t hear 'recording music,' they hear 'dungeon,' You know, because it makes a better story."
Thornton and Pitt, who married in 2000, divorced in 2003 but remain friends. In 2008, Jolie, who has recently remarried with Brad Pitt, admitted that she still thinks highly of her ex-husband and has no regrets about their marriage.
"I still love him dearly and think the world of him and I'm proud to have been his wife for a time," she told Entertainment Weekly. "I don't believe in regrets. It's a dangerous habit to get into—it makes you pause in your life if you start thinking back and questioning yourself."