Laura Dern recalls how fiancé secretly left her for Angelina Jolie

Billy Bob Thornton’s surprise 1999 marriage to Angelina Jolie, marked by a 20-year age gap and existing relationships, shocked many, including Thornton’s fiancée, Laura Dern. Their relationship began in 1997, and after two years, they were engaged. However, Thornton’s encounter with Jolie on a movie set in 1999 led to a whirlwind romance and a spontaneous Las Vegas wedding in May 2000.

Reflecting on the abrupt turn of events, Laura Dern shared her experience, stating, “I left our home to work on a movie, and while I was away, my boyfriend got married, and I’ve never heard from him again.” The situation left her feeling a sense of sudden loss and confusion.

Adding an unexpected twist, Laura had previously babysat Angelina when they were children. Following the breakup, Melissa Etheridge, a friend of Laura’s, supported her during the move out of the shared home with Thornton. The aftermath saw Laura marrying Ben Harper, and Thornton, after divorcing Jolie in 2002, retreated from dating celebrities for privacy reasons. In 2014, he married a puppeteer, seeking a quieter life away from the spotlight.

This love triangle’s aftermath unfolded with personal challenges, unexpected connections, and the pursuit of new beginnings.