The 1 Dark Secret From Angelina Jolie’s Bizarre Relationship History You Probably Forgot About

For over a decade, we knew Angelina Jolie as a philanthropist, an activist, a mother, an actress, and eventually, Mrs. Brad Pitt. But it wasn’t all that long ago that Jolie was seen in a much different light.

Before she married Brad Pitt, Jolie had a wild and unpredictable relationship history. In fact, it’s a more bizarre past than Hollywood itself could ever imagine — and it includes a dark secret many people have forgotten.

First, there was her racy romance with Jenny Shimizu

Angelina Jolie and Jenny Shimizu in Foxfire

Jolie was married when she got together with this actress. | Chestnut Hill Productions

Jolie met actress Jenny Shimizu on the set of the 1996 teen drama Foxfire. Jolie was still married to her first husband, Johnny Lee Miller, but that didn’t stop the ladies from having a relationship for several years. Jolie described it as “love at first sight.”

Next: This kiss made everyone cringe.

Then there was that whole awkward kiss with her brother

Angelina Jolie and her brother

Angelina Jolie and her brother made headlines during the 2000 awards season. | David Mcnew/Getty Images

Jolie was the recipient of raised eyebrows and incest rumors in the year 2000, when she gave her brother a kiss on the red carpet that some claimed went a little past brotherly-sisterly love. It didn’t help that later that evening, when she won an award, she gushed, “I am so in love with my brother right now.”

But Jolie and everyone close to her have dismissed any incest claims, noting that the two siblings have always been close, but never inappropriately so. In fact, a family friend who was close with their mother said that Jolie’s brother, James Haven, had just received cancer treatment that day in 2000, so it’s no wonder their emotions were raw.

Next: Brad Pitt was far from the first co-worker she fell for. 

Jolie has always had a fondness for her co-stars

Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer arrive at the Irish Premiere of "Alexander" at the Savoy Cinema on January 6, 2005 in Dublin, Ireland.

She has a history of dating her co-stars. | Julien Behal/Getty Images

Jolie and Pit met on the set of their movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but Jolie has a long history of hooking up with her co-stars. In addition to meeting Jenny Shimizu onset, work was how she met her exes Billy Bob Thornton, Timothy Hutton, Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer, Elizabeth Mitchell, and even her first husband, Johnny Lee Miller.

Next: You’d think this was the most disturbing detail about Jolie’s past love life.

What was up with the vials of blood?

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton

Their relationship got weird. | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Angelina and Billy Bob Thornton made headlines a lot during their marriage, but the most famous tidbit about the two was the fact that they wore vials of each other’s blood. This was even more scandalous than the fact that Thornton left his long-time love, Laura Dern, to be with Jolie.

Next: It’s really not that bad, once it’s explained. 

No bad blood

Actor Billy Bob Thornton arrives at the premiere screening of Amazon's "Goliath"

Thornton got graphic when discussing the controversy. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Many years after the couple divorced, Thornton explained the vials of blood, likening it to lockets other couples may wear:

“You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your grannie in and wear it around your neck? She bought two of those. We were apart a lot because she’s off making Tomb Raider and I’m making Monster’s Ball. She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razorblade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear your son or daughter’s baby hair in one. Same thing.”

Still, Thornton admitted his relationship with Jolie was “a crazy time.”

Next: This is definitely the darkest secret from Jolie’s earlier dating days.

Her fascination with knife play was a little eerie

Angelina Jolie in black

She’s apparently always been into some out-there things. | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Perhaps the most disturbing secret from Jolie’s earliest dating days is her old fascination with knife play and cutting. Jolie admits to losing her virginity at 14, which she said she did safely and with her mother’s blessing. But soon, it wasn’t enough.

“I had started having sex with my boyfriend and the sex and the emotions didn’t feel enough. I was no longer a little girl,” she said in a 2003 interview. “In a moment of wanting to feel closer to my boyfriend I grabbed a knife and cut him. He cut me back. We had an exchange of something and we were covered in blood, my heart was racing. Then whenever I felt trapped, I’d cut myself. I have a lot of scars. It was an age when I felt adventurous and after a few beers things happened.”

Next: What’s next for this A-list actress?

Who will be next to date Jolie?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in 2015

Jolie may be getting ready to move on. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

It hasn’t been very long since Jolie and Pitt announced their impending divorce, and she hasn’t been linked with anyone since. Jolie has come a long way since her wild child days, and she currently stays largely out of the spotlight. Still, it’s impossible to imagine she’ll be single for too long.

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