Angelina Jolie: Ex Billy Bob Thornton Gave Me 'Confidence'

April 12, 2012 By:
Angelina Jolie: Ex Billy Bob Thornton Gave Me 'Confidence'

And a really ugly tattoo.

Angelina Jolie and ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton are apparently still close friends, and the actress-turned-director has recently praised him for "giving her the confidence to succeed in her career and in her personal life."

So you have him to thank for 'Salt.'

Angelina wrote the foreword for her ex's memoir: The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts. Friends who have read it revealed Angelina's kind words.

A source told In Touch magazine: “She praises him for giving her the confidence to succeed in her career and in her personal life. Her words are lovely. She truly speaks from the heart.”

Angelina and Billy Bob divorced in 2003, and he has since spoken about how proud he is of his ex, especially her directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey.

“We talk every now and then," Billy Bob said at the time. "She seems to be doing very well directing her own movie, which I am so proud of her for. I always thought she should do that, writing and directing. She’s real smart, and very creative, and I think it’s a great job for her."

Meanwhile, there's a bizarre rumor swirling that Brad Pitt and Angelina are building a giant underground theme park for their kids:

"Plans include a massive pool, slides, tunnels, boat rides, a pirate island with a castle, a go-kart track and even an old-fashioned carousel,” a source said. "Most of the park will be underground, with turf on top. It will be powered by sunlight, using panels in the roof and the water will be recycled.”

Sounds awesome, but with as many kids as these two have, the lines are still probably going to be terrible.