Angelina Jolie once had a loyal admirer while she was in a high-profile marriage. Even though she did not end up in a formal partnership with this mystery suitor, she eventually agreed to keep him as a lover.

Angelina Jolie once believed that loyalty was not always necessary in a relationship.

Jolie maintained stringent rules for her partnerships in order to keep her integrity. She admitted that affairs were especially painful because of her parent’s relationship. It was the reason Jolie was insistent about not sleeping with Brad Pitt while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston.

Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

“To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive,” Jolie once said according to People. “I could not, could not look at myself in the morning if I did that.”

However, when it came to being in a relationship, Jolie did not believe that certain constraints were necessary. Whereas some saw infidelity as the end of a relationship, Jolie felt it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen in a relationship.

“I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship. It’s worse to leave your partner and talk badly about him afterwards,” she once said in an interview with Das Neue (via Radar Online). “Neither Brad nor I have ever claimed that living together means to be chained together. We make sure that we never restrict each other.”

Angelina Jolie made a lover out of someone who proposed to her when she was already married.

Angelina Jolie has only had a few official relationships during her time in the spotlight. Before Pitt, she was married to Johnny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton. Jolie stated that no matter how their relationship ended, all of the lovers had a place in her heart.

One of her major loves may have manifested itself during her second marriage to Thornton. Jolie initially did not respond to the unknown suitor’s attempts because she was not on the market then.

“I met a man I never slept with. We had dinner once, and it ended up being, ‘Look, I’m married. I can’t sleep with you. I can’t even finish dinner ’cause it’s uncomfortable,’” she once told Vanity Fair (via Female First).

Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton with Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie decided to give her admirer a chance once her relationship status changed. But only as lovers with no strings attached.

“Three years later I called him and asked if he wanted to be lovers, and it was one of these phone calls of just, you know, a single mom sleeping with a baby and just, I’ll call a man up and ask if he wants to be my lover. We spent a few dinners kind of discussing the details of how this was going to happen. It was actually fascinating,” she said. “I even think with that man it took about two months until he looked at me and said, ‘Oh, you’re really serious, you’re OK with this, you’re really fine to just have a lover.’”

Angelina Jolie wondered if it was time to go back to her old ways after her divorce from Brad Pitt

Jolie and Pitt divorced in 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. A year later, she was candid about the difficulties she had as a result of the breakup.

“It’s been difficult,” she told The Telegraph. “I don’t enjoy being single. It’s not something I wanted. There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard. Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together, but really I am just trying to get through my days. Emotionally it’s been a very difficult year and I have had some other health issues. So my health is something I have to monitor.”

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

But she also viewed it as an opportunity to reconnect with a side of herself that had been suppressed in the aftermath of motherhood.

“I think now I need to rediscover a little bit of the old me,” she said. “I think we lose our way a bit. I have had a lot happen in my life, from certain people passing to health issues to raising the children. And it’s been a very good time to absorb and develop and grow. But maybe now that my kids are growing up I am starting to realize that my own sense of play has been put on hold for a while.”