Billy Bob Thornton Still Considers Ex Wife Angelina Jolie 'A Friend' & Says Their Blood Necklaces Weren't That Weird!

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>Billy Bob Thornton

and >Angelina Jolie

have a bond you’ll never understand.

The Goliath star looked back on his three-year marriage to the Maleficent 2 actress on the

Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘s >HFPA In Conversation podcast on Wednesday, and he only had nice things to say about his former spouse and blood sister.

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While life may have taken them in different directions, Billy Bob said he has an undying respect for Angie because she continues to make her passion projects — whether they’re successful or not!

When asked about their relationship, he explained:

“I look at that time as a great time ‘cause, you know, Angie is still a friend of mine and she’s a great person. The movies she makes are still things that are important to her … and whether they succeed or fail, she still does what she believes in, and I’ll always respect her for that.”

Angie does have a smart philosophy: if at first you don’t succeed, try again with someone else’s blood dangling around your neck!

Speaking on those infamous necklaces they wore, Billy Bob said reports about their vampire jewelry was one of the many things about their romance that was “exaggerated” and not “as crazy as people wrote about it.”

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Between them, he argued, it was much more romantic:

“The necklaces were a very simple thing. ‘Hey, let’s poke our finger with a pin and smear a little on there, and when we’re away from each other, we’ll wear the necklace.’ That 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.”

But it wasn’t a bucket — it was barely a vial!

As for why things didn’t work out with his fifth wife, the 62-year-old they “just had different lifestyles,” continuing:

“Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an agoraphobic lifestyle. So, that’s really … the only reason we’re probably still not together, you know, ‘cause [it was] just a different path and life we wanted to take.”

The Fargo star’s path has led him to current wife

Connie Angland, while Angie’s still rocking that global lifestyle with her six children and ex-husband >Brad Pitt

reluctantly in tow.

It may be a different world now, but like BBT, we look back on this bizarre romance with a bloody fondness.

[Image via WENN.]

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