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Posted Thu, December 16, 2010 10:16am EST

Angelina Jolie's Ex Billy Bob Thornton Says: We Still Talk & I'm So Proud Of Her! Exclusive!

Angelina & Billy Bob were notorious for their over-the-top PDA when they were married, and they remain friends long after their divorce.

It’s probably safe to say Angelina Jolie, 35, was the love of Billy Bob Thornton‘s life. The two were married for three years, and even though they showed their affections by wearing viles of each other’s blood around their necks, they ended up divorcing in 2003. HollywoodLife.com spoke with Billy Bob, 55, at the Disney On Ice, Starlight Children’s Foundation and AEG’s Season of Giving event Dec. 15 in Los Angeles, and he revealed that he and Angie are still close!

“We talk every now and then, she seems to be doing very well directing her own movie, which I am so proud of her for,” Billy Bob told us. “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.”

Billy Bob is referring to Angelina’s current project, directing an untitled work in Hungary. If you remember, Angelina and Billy Bob adopted Maddox, 8, from Cambodia in 2002.

— Chloe Melas with reporting by Russ Weakland