Friday, July 19, 2002
Los Angeles Angelina Jolie, who recently admitted that she has not spoken to husband Billy Bob Thornton in at least a month, has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
The divorce papers were filed by Jolie on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The Oscar-winning couple, who have been married for two years, recently adopted an 11-month-old boy, Maddox, from Cambodia.
The papers were filed the same day Us Weekly's upcoming interview with Jolie was made public. In it, Jolie confirmed the couple was separated and was quoted as saying: "I'm angry. I'm sad. It's a very difficult and sad time."
Regarding the split, Thornton, 46, issued a statement Thursday that said only: "It's a sad thing." Representatives of Jolie, 27, refused to comment further.
The pair's wild love life has been media fodder since they married in May 2000. They bragged about their sex lives in interviews, and at one time, they wore vials of each other's blood around their necks.
Both are Oscar winners; she won best supporting actress in 2000 for "Girl, Interrupted," and Thornton won best screenplay honors in 1997 for "Sling Blade."
They wed in Las Vegas after a whirlwind courtship. Thornton was dating actress Laura Dern when he became involved with Jolie. It was Thornton's fifth marriage and her second.
The two have been separated since June 3, according to the court papers. The actress requested the right to keep miscellaneous jewelry and her earnings since they married.
Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, has remained at home with 11-month-old Maddox after adopting him this spring. Jolie said her husband was more focused on his budding singing career; he recently went on tour to support his album, released last September.