The early 2000s had it all: Von Dutch caps, TRL, and, most importantly, the marriage between Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton.

The Goliath star recently opened up about his short-lived (though undeniably iconic) marriage to fifth wife Jolie, which began in 2000 and ended in 2003.

“I look at that time as a great time,” Thornton said of the relationship during a recent episode of the HFPA in Conversation podcast.

“Angie is still a friend of mine and she’s a great person and she’s done so much,” he continued. “She makes movies that are important to her whether they succeed or fail, she still does what she believes in and I’ll always respect her for that.”

Thornton, who in 2014 married Connie Angland, the mother of his 13-year-old daughter, also revealed why his and Jolie’s relationship came to an end. It really all boiled down to one main irreconcilable difference: their lifestyles.

“Hers is a global lifestyle and mine is an agoraphobic lifestyle,” he joked, referencing Jolie's penchant for traveling the world not just to shoot films, but to tackle global humanitarian crises as a UN Ambassador. “So that’s really, that’s the only reason we’re probably not still together, maybe. There was a different path in life we wanted to take.”

Of course, no Billy Bob interview is complete without broaching the notorious vials of each other’s blood he and Angelina wore around their necks during the marriage.

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“The necklaces were a very simple thing, ‘Hey let’s poke our fingers with a pen and smear a little blood on there and when we’re away from each other we’ll wear the necklace,'” he explained. “It 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 neck.”

OK fine, Billy—whatever you say ...